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Find Your French Protestant Ancestors in Eighteenth Century London


We wandered off topic and, lo and behold, were brought round again most pleasantly. While researching one aspect of our next book, we discovered the lovely pages of London Lives 1690-1800 - Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis. This is no commercial genealogy website that takes your money, blinds you with flashing, vulgar ads, and dumps on you a heap of results like a whale's bellyful of plankton that take two hours too filter down to....nada. This website is clean, sane, intelligent, set up for researchers and run by academics with a tight focus on those who were not wealthy or powerful or even honest, e.g. the hum, scrum and scum of eighteenth century London.

The data comes from 240,000 manuscripts in:

  • parish archives
  • criminal records
  • coroners' records
  • hospital and guild records
  • directories
  • tax records
  • workhouse registers
  • Marine Society Boys
  • pauper lists

There is a link to the National Archives Wills collection as well. Searches can be on name or keyword, on all documents or just one set.

For those of you whose ancestors went to London during the Protestant diaspora after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, this website could be of great help in finding them and/or learning more about their lives. We did a sampling by searching on some of the many names of Huguenot ancestors you, Dear Readers, have said you are seeking and all of the following yielded results on London Lives:

  • Delafons
  • deBoos
  • Pele
  • Brunet
  • Jaunay
  • Henon
  • Rocher
  • Gaston
  • Cormier
  • Gaudet
  • Delorme
  • Desbats
  • Gile
  • Lapierre

We hope that you will give it and try and have happy results.

©2016 Anne Morddel

French Genealogy