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In France the term Huguenots was used to denote French Calvinist Protestants.<ref name="ODR">"Huguenots" in Gordon Campbell (ed.), ''The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance'' (2003, Oxford University Press) ISBN-13: 9780198601753 via Oxford Reference Online (2012) eISBN: 9780191727795 accessed 15 February 2013.</ref><br>  
 
In France the term Huguenots was used to denote French Calvinist Protestants.<ref name="ODR">"Huguenots" in Gordon Campbell (ed.), ''The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance'' (2003, Oxford University Press) ISBN-13: 9780198601753 via Oxford Reference Online (2012) eISBN: 9780191727795 accessed 15 February 2013.</ref><br>  
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== History in France  ==
  
 
A first synod of church reformers in Paris in 1539 constituted a Reformed Church, ''Eglise réformée'', on Calvinist lines whose adherents became known as Huguenots. They grew to become a significant minority in many areas of France by the time of their second synod in Poitiers in 1561.<br>  
 
A first synod of church reformers in Paris in 1539 constituted a Reformed Church, ''Eglise réformée'', on Calvinist lines whose adherents became known as Huguenots. They grew to become a significant minority in many areas of France by the time of their second synod in Poitiers in 1561.<br>  
  
Not all French protestants were Huguenots: the Lutheran church, ''la Confession d'Augsbourg'' was legally tolerated in [[Alsace]] and their church registers date back to 1525. If you have protestant ancestors from Alsace, it is important to know if they were Lutheran or Huguenot.  
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Catherine de' Medici summoned the French Catholic bishops and the Protestant ministers in 1561 to the Colloquy of Poissy (Disputatio Pussicena). Although no agreement could be reached on dogma, it paved the way for the Edict of Saint-Germain in January 1562 which granted state recognition of the cult for the first time and extended a degree of tolerance to French Protestants.<br>
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The period of 1562 to 1598 is known as the Wars of Religion in reference to a series of eight civil wars in which the kingdom of France was divided on religious lines as warring noble families fought for control of the crown. Catholic France allied itself with Savoy, Spain, and the papacy to form the Catholic League; the Huguenots received support from England, the Netherlands, and the German Protestant states. During this period the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre occurred in 1572: beginning in Paris, thousands of Huguenots were murdered; in the following days thousands more were killed in Aix, Bordeaux, Bourges, Lyon, Meaux, Orleans, Rouen, Toulouse, and Troyes.<br>
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This period formally ended with the Edict of Nantes in 1598 which restored tolerance to the Huguenots and emigration pressure lessened though persecutions continued. Persecution began to build again and in 1685 the Edict of Fontainebleau revoked the Edict of Nantes and ordered the closure of Huguenot temples and schools: the Reformed Church was made illegal in France and her colonies. Whilst some Huguenots converted to catholicism, many thousands fled to Britain especially southeast England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Prussia, Cape Colony (South Africa) and the North American colonies.<br>
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The centre of Huguenot resistance was Cévennes in the south but a rebellion of the Camisards in 1702–3 failed and the presence of the Huguenots in France was thereafter negligible. In 1802 the Reformed Church was finally granted tolerance. The Huguenots joined with non-Calvinist bodies to form the Protestant Federation of France in 1909. Since 1938 they have been subsumed in the Protestant Church of France.<br>
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It is important to recall that not all French protestants were Huguenots: the Lutheran church, ''la Confession d'Augsbourg'' was tolerated in [[Alsace]] and their church registers date back to 1525. If you have protestant ancestors from Alsace, it is important to know if they were Lutheran or Huguenot. <br>
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{{wikipedia|Huguenot|Huguenot}}
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== Getting Started  ==
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Brigham Young University Department of Independent Study offers a free online self-paced course, [http://is.byu.edu/courses/pe/999018071006/public/start.htm ''Huguenot Research'']. <br>
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[http://www.cyndislist.com/huguenot Cyndi's List] has a landing page for Huguenot links. <br>
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== Church Records ==
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<i>See also:</i> [[France Church Records]]
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== Emigration  ==
 
== Emigration  ==
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French churches were already established in London, Canterbury and Norwich by the time of the St Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572 which prompted the first great wave of refugees to Britain. Increasing persecution from 1661 which culminated in the 1685 Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) led to the second great wave. It is estimated that some 40,000–50,000 Huguenots settled in England, mostly in London.<br>  
 
French churches were already established in London, Canterbury and Norwich by the time of the St Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572 which prompted the first great wave of refugees to Britain. Increasing persecution from 1661 which culminated in the 1685 Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) led to the second great wave. It is estimated that some 40,000–50,000 Huguenots settled in England, mostly in London.<br>  
  
Strictly speaking the term huguenots refer to French Calvinists, in English the term embraces Walloons and Dutch refugees from the Low Countries.<br>
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Strictly speaking the term Huguenots refers to French Calvinists, in English the term embraces Walloons and Dutch refugees from the Low Countries.<br>  
  
The Huguenot Society of London was formed in 1885 and is now known as [http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/ The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland]. It published R. E. G. Kirk, [http://churchhistorycatalog.lds.org/viewer.jsp?dps_pid=IE1050192 ''Returns of Aliens in London, 1523–1603''] (1900-1908) in 10 volumes and 4 parts.
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The Huguenot Society of London was formed in 1885 and is now known as [http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/ The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland]. It published R. E. G. Kirk, ''Returns of Aliens in London, 1523–1603'' (1900-1908) in 10 volumes and 4 parts. The name index of this work has been digitised: [http://churchhistorycatalog.lds.org/viewer.jsp?dps_pid=IE1050192 PDF 112Mb].
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=== North America  ===
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==== South Carolina  ====
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Jean Ribault established a French Huguenot colony in South Carolina in 1562. American Presbyterianism can trace its origins to this foundation.<br> {{wikipedia|Jean Ribault|Jean Ribault}} <br> [http://www.huguenotsociety.org/ The Huguenot Society of South Carolina] was formed in 1885 "to preserve the memory of the Huguenots who left France prior to the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration, November 28, 1787. Today, the Society has nearly 2,000 members who are descendants of those Huguenots."
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==== Florida  ====
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From South Carolina French Huguenots led by Laudonnière settled in Florida in 1564. An initial plantation of 300 established Fort Caroline now part of present day Jacksonville. By 1565, Spanish military efforts had wiped out the colony martyring many Huguenot settlers.<br><br> {{wikipedia|René Goulaine de Laudonnière|René Goulaine de Laudonnière}}
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=== South Africa  ===
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A colony was established at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652 for the Dutch East India Company: the wife of the first Dutch Governor was a Huguenot. A trickle of Huguenot settlers would become a wave as repression increased in France. Large scale emigration was encouraged by the Cape of Good Hope colonial authorities and during 1688 and 1689 the first such arrivals occurred with many settling at Franschhoek (the French Corner). Huguenot immigrants continued to arrive although colonial subsidies stopped in 1706.<br>
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A [http://www.museum.co.za/ Huguenot Memorial Museum] has been established at Franschhoek.<br>
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{{wikipedia|Huguenots in South Africa|Huguenots in South Africa}}<br>
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
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*[http://museeprotestant.org/index.php?Lget=EN Musée virtuel du protestantisme (English version)]. Published by the Fondation Pasteur Eugène Bersier in Paris.  
 
*[http://museeprotestant.org/index.php?Lget=EN Musée virtuel du protestantisme (English version)]. Published by the Fondation Pasteur Eugène Bersier in Paris.  
 
*[http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/ The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland]. In English; says its mission is "to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about the history of French Protestant migration".
 
*[http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/ The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland]. In English; says its mission is "to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about the history of French Protestant migration".
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== Books  ==
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*Kathy Chater, ''Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors&nbsp;: A Guide For Family Historians'' (2012, Pen and Sword) ISBN: 9781848846104.
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*Noel Currer-Briggs &amp; Royston Gambier, ''Huguenot Ancestry'' (2010, Phillimore) ISBN: 9781860771736.
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*Robin Gwynn, ''Huguenot Heritage&nbsp;: The History &amp; Contribution of the Huguenots in Britain'' (2nd revised ed., 2000) ISBN: 9781902210353.
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== Mailing Lists  ==
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Rootsweb lists:
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Religion/Huguenot.html Huguenot-L]
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Religion/HUGUENOTS-WALLOONS-EUROPE.html HUGUENOTS-WALLOONS-EUROPE-L] "A mailing list for researchers who are interested in sharing information about their Huguenot and/or Walloon ancestry, with a geographical focus on European research. For the purpose of this list, Europe includes continental Europe as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland."
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Ethnic-French/HUGUENOT-WALLOON.html HUGUENOT-WALLOON-L] "A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the French Huguenots and Belgium Walloons who fled to the West Indies, the Netherlands, and the United States in the 17th century." Additional information can be found on the [http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/hug/overview.shtml Huguenot-Walloon Genealogy &amp; History website].
  
 
== Did you know?  ==
 
== Did you know?  ==

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In France the term Huguenots was used to denote French Calvinist Protestants.[1]

Contents

History in France

A first synod of church reformers in Paris in 1539 constituted a Reformed Church, Eglise réformée, on Calvinist lines whose adherents became known as Huguenots. They grew to become a significant minority in many areas of France by the time of their second synod in Poitiers in 1561.

Catherine de' Medici summoned the French Catholic bishops and the Protestant ministers in 1561 to the Colloquy of Poissy (Disputatio Pussicena). Although no agreement could be reached on dogma, it paved the way for the Edict of Saint-Germain in January 1562 which granted state recognition of the cult for the first time and extended a degree of tolerance to French Protestants.

The period of 1562 to 1598 is known as the Wars of Religion in reference to a series of eight civil wars in which the kingdom of France was divided on religious lines as warring noble families fought for control of the crown. Catholic France allied itself with Savoy, Spain, and the papacy to form the Catholic League; the Huguenots received support from England, the Netherlands, and the German Protestant states. During this period the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre occurred in 1572: beginning in Paris, thousands of Huguenots were murdered; in the following days thousands more were killed in Aix, Bordeaux, Bourges, Lyon, Meaux, Orleans, Rouen, Toulouse, and Troyes.

This period formally ended with the Edict of Nantes in 1598 which restored tolerance to the Huguenots and emigration pressure lessened though persecutions continued. Persecution began to build again and in 1685 the Edict of Fontainebleau revoked the Edict of Nantes and ordered the closure of Huguenot temples and schools: the Reformed Church was made illegal in France and her colonies. Whilst some Huguenots converted to catholicism, many thousands fled to Britain especially southeast England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Prussia, Cape Colony (South Africa) and the North American colonies.

The centre of Huguenot resistance was Cévennes in the south but a rebellion of the Camisards in 1702–3 failed and the presence of the Huguenots in France was thereafter negligible. In 1802 the Reformed Church was finally granted tolerance. The Huguenots joined with non-Calvinist bodies to form the Protestant Federation of France in 1909. Since 1938 they have been subsumed in the Protestant Church of France.

It is important to recall that not all French protestants were Huguenots: the Lutheran church, la Confession d'Augsbourg was tolerated in Alsace and their church registers date back to 1525. If you have protestant ancestors from Alsace, it is important to know if they were Lutheran or Huguenot.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Huguenot

Getting Started

Brigham Young University Department of Independent Study offers a free online self-paced course, Huguenot Research.

Cyndi's List has a landing page for Huguenot links.

Church Records

See also: France Church Records


Emigration

Britain

French churches were already established in London, Canterbury and Norwich by the time of the St Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572 which prompted the first great wave of refugees to Britain. Increasing persecution from 1661 which culminated in the 1685 Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) led to the second great wave. It is estimated that some 40,000–50,000 Huguenots settled in England, mostly in London.

Strictly speaking the term Huguenots refers to French Calvinists, in English the term embraces Walloons and Dutch refugees from the Low Countries.

The Huguenot Society of London was formed in 1885 and is now known as The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland. It published R. E. G. Kirk, Returns of Aliens in London, 1523–1603 (1900-1908) in 10 volumes and 4 parts. The name index of this work has been digitised: PDF 112Mb.

North America

South Carolina

Jean Ribault established a French Huguenot colony in South Carolina in 1562. American Presbyterianism can trace its origins to this foundation.
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Jean Ribault

The Huguenot Society of South Carolina was formed in 1885 "to preserve the memory of the Huguenots who left France prior to the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration, November 28, 1787. Today, the Society has nearly 2,000 members who are descendants of those Huguenots."

Florida

From South Carolina French Huguenots led by Laudonnière settled in Florida in 1564. An initial plantation of 300 established Fort Caroline now part of present day Jacksonville. By 1565, Spanish military efforts had wiped out the colony martyring many Huguenot settlers.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: René Goulaine de Laudonnière

South Africa

A colony was established at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652 for the Dutch East India Company: the wife of the first Dutch Governor was a Huguenot. A trickle of Huguenot settlers would become a wave as repression increased in France. Large scale emigration was encouraged by the Cape of Good Hope colonial authorities and during 1688 and 1689 the first such arrivals occurred with many settling at Franschhoek (the French Corner). Huguenot immigrants continued to arrive although colonial subsidies stopped in 1706.

A Huguenot Memorial Museum has been established at Franschhoek.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Huguenots in South Africa

Websites

Books

  • Kathy Chater, Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors : A Guide For Family Historians (2012, Pen and Sword) ISBN: 9781848846104.
  • Noel Currer-Briggs & Royston Gambier, Huguenot Ancestry (2010, Phillimore) ISBN: 9781860771736.
  • Robin Gwynn, Huguenot Heritage : The History & Contribution of the Huguenots in Britain (2nd revised ed., 2000) ISBN: 9781902210353.


Mailing Lists

Rootsweb lists:

  • Huguenot-L
  • HUGUENOTS-WALLOONS-EUROPE-L "A mailing list for researchers who are interested in sharing information about their Huguenot and/or Walloon ancestry, with a geographical focus on European research. For the purpose of this list, Europe includes continental Europe as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland."
  • HUGUENOT-WALLOON-L "A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the French Huguenots and Belgium Walloons who fled to the West Indies, the Netherlands, and the United States in the 17th century." Additional information can be found on the Huguenot-Walloon Genealogy & History website.

Did you know?

Local Huguenot churches were called temples whereas Catholic churches were called églises.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Huguenots" in Gordon Campbell (ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance (2003, Oxford University Press) ISBN-13: 9780198601753 via Oxford Reference Online (2012) eISBN: 9780191727795 accessed 15 February 2013.


 

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