Family History

The Huguenot Society provides a variety of resources that can help those searching for their ancestors: its own publications, substantial collections of family history material in the Huguenot Library and leaflets providing guidance. Further support and information is available for the Society’s members.

Publications

From 1887 onwards, the Society’s Quarto Series has published a variety of original records concerning Huguenots in Great Britain and Ireland, including church registers, details of Huguenot charitable relief and records of naturalizations. The series contains information on thousands of members of Huguenot congregations and communities and each volume is extensively indexed. Most volumes of genealogical interest have been digitized on fully searchable CD-ROM, which can be purchased from the Society.               

The Society also publishes an annual volume of Proceedings, containing a variety of articles and shorter pieces on Huguenot history, including many on family history.

From 1999 to 2009 the Society published 20 issues of Huguenot Families, a journal specifically devoted to Huguenot genealogy and family history. You can download a list of contents of issues 1-20 and find details about buying back issues here.  All 20 issues have been digitized and are available on one CD-ROM.

You can purchase many of these publications from the Society (see Publications for details). Many libraries worldwide also hold the Huguenot Society’s Quarto Series and Proceedings: for details see:


Huguenot Library

Please note that the Huguenot Library is currently housed at The National Archives in Kew. For information on making an appointment to visit, see Visiting the Library.

The Library holds both the Society’s own publications and also a wide range of other published and unpublished material of use to family historians. For an overview of the main material on family history, see here. These resources include Family Research files (research presented to the Library by a variety of researchers) and the Wagner pedigrees (compiled by the Victorian genealogist Henry Wagner).

The Library also holds indexes to the Quarto Series and Proceedings and provides access to the full text in electronic form, allowing readers to search easily across multiple volumes.

 

Family History leaflets

The Huguenot Society has produced a series of leaflets providing information and guidance on family history topics. They are available for download below:


Researching Huguenot Settlers in Ireland

This comprehensive guide by Vivien Costello is available to download free from the Brigham Young University online family history journal:

BYU Family Historian Vol 6 (Fall 2007), pp. 83-163 at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byufamilyhistorian/. You can select the volume you want from the menu on the left.

For details of other organisations and websites that provide family history resources in the UK and abroad, click here.