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Huguenot Genealogy in English


Thousands of Huguenots went to England to escape persecution and the English, that nation of curators, have been studying them ever since. The Huguenot Society in London has a website full of historical information about the history of the Huguenots, their arrival in Britain and Ireland, and their influence on society and commerce there. The site has many links and a superb bibliography.  It also links to the site for The French Hospital in Kent, a residence for anyone of Huguenot or French Protestant descent in need. In Britain's over-priced property market, getting one of these charming flats based on one's Huguenot ancestors would be the all-time coup of genealogy, in our opinion. 

The Society's Proceedings contain full-length, scholarly articles on the Huguenots and are sent to members.  Many volumes are available for free on the Internet Archive; make the search on the previous name of The Huguenot Society of London . (By the way, as we often recommend books and journals from the Internet Archive, we would like also to recommend that, to read them more comfortably, you download the free Adobe Digital Editions.) The Society's excellent library (in the photo below) is open to non-members if they book in advance. (telephone +44 207 679 5199)

Huguenot Society Library


Others in English:

The Huguenot Foundation of South Africa 

In both English and Afrikaans, this site is a central point for the Society, the Museum and the Monument.

Huguenot Memorial Museum in South Africa

Just thought we would add this, for they say on the website that they will research certain Huguenot families. A list is given.

The Huguenot Society of Australia

Again, the history and a list of names of Huguenot families in Australia.

The National Huguenot Society

In the United States, this site gives plenty of history, and many lists of names of Huguenots, including those who went to other countries. There is a list of chapters in various states.


A very fine survey of  Huguenot church records is included in a larger wiki page on French Church Records in general at FamilySearch.



Huguenot Tourism in London


Certain parts of London are associated with the Huguenots historically. We visited some of them in August. The Picture above is of the church in Soho Square. Click on it to get the larger version and read the inscription.

Behind the National Gallery, in a remarkably quiet street, considering its location, is the Orange Street Church. On its site in 1693, a Huguenot chapel was established. 


IMG_0008  Orange Street Church notice 


Down in the bowels of Wandsworth is the Huguenot Burial Ground, all that remains of the community that settled there long ago. It is surrounded by wide, busy roads in a grim neighbourhood. Go by taxi, not the Tube, and have the taxi wait.


Burial ground 3 Burial ground 2 


Spitalfields was once the smelliest market in London, being the meat market. In that area, many Huguenots settled. The market has been closed and converted to a very la-di-da shopping  site. Just a street away is a row of 18th century houses that once were Huguenot homes and now cost so much that only celebrities can afford them.


Fournier Street


Lastly, one can visit the home of Dennis Sever, a transplanted Californian like ourself, who has preserved the original structure and décor of his house and recreated the Huguenot life within. One tours the house and glimpses the life of a family of 18th century Huguenot weavers. The detail is astonishing.

All in all, there is quite a lot available in English about the Huguenots. Further submissions from our readers would be most welcome.


© 2009 Anne Morddel

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