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Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors (ePub)

A Guide for Family Historians

Family History World History > UK & Ireland > England > London

By Kathy Chater
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
File Size: 2.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 40+ black and white
ISBN: 9781781597590
Published: 20th February 2012


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Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, many thousands of Protestants fled religious persecution in France and the Low Countries. They became one of the most influential immigrant communities in the countries where they settled, and many families in modern-day Britain will find a Huguenot connection in their past. Kathy Chater's authoritative handbook offers an accessible introduction to Huguenot history and to the many sources that researchers can use to uncover the Huguenot ancestry they may not have realized they had.

She traces the history of the Huguenots; their experience of persecution, and their flight to Britain, North America, the West Indies and South Africa, concentrating on the Huguenot communities that settled in England, Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands. Her work is also an invaluable guide to the various sources researchers can turn to in order to track their Huguenot ancestors, for she describes the wide range of records that is available in local, regional and national archives, as well as through the internet and overseas.

Her expert overview is essential reading for anyone studying their Huguenot ancestry or immigrant history in Britain.

Tracing your Huguenot Ancestors is a well-written guide by Kathy Chater. This book is in-depth and would be very helpful for historians researching their Protestant, Northern European ancestors, who were subjected to religious persecution in France and the Low Countries in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Due to the vast numbers of Huguenots affected during this time many researchers will find a link back to Huguenot ancestors.

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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

In explaining how to research Huguenot ancestry, the author gives both specific and general sources of records in local, regional, national and overseas archives. There are useful appendices and bibliographies.

Bristol and Avon FHS

This is a well researched, informative and helpful book for the many family historians whose Protestant ancestors lived in Northern Europe during the religious upheavals of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, especially ones who fled their homelands because of persecution.
The list of books, websites and addresses is impressive both within the chapters and the Appendix at the end and so comprehensive that the beginners may find research daunting, but a chapter entitled Research Plan should help with this.


This is a well-researched and documented book which should be extremely useful to anyone researching their Huguenot family history. It is aimed at the general reader and is a welcome addition to existing volumes on the Huguenots, many of which are too scholarly for the average person just wanting to find out if a family story about Huguenot ancestry is true.
Overall, this is a very welcome addition to the tools currently available to those interested in discovering more about their Huguenot connections..

Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland 2012

Hugely helpful if you have Huguenot roots...
Tracing Your Servant Ancestors & Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors
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Family tree Magazine

This authoritative handbook offers an accessible introduction to Huguenot history… this expert overview is essential reading for anyone studying their Huguenot ancestry or immigrant history in Britain.

Roots and Branch, West Surrey FHS

Huguenot ancestry has always had a certain glamour in family circles, perhaps because these French Protestants were a suppressed minority. Sometimes Huguenot roots turn out to be a myth, or are hard to prove. Either way, well- known family history writer Kathy Chater’s new book will help you get to the truth.
Read it for: A well-rounded textbook for Huguenot research.

Your Family Tree, July 2012

This is a very detailed and specific guide, both to general Huguenot history and to the actual business of how to go about Huguenot family history research. It would be a great assistance to British researchers, or to any Australians planning a trip to the ‘Old Dart’ for Huguenot research purposes. The author has done an enormous amount of hard work in order to assist the reader with a clear guide to a large and varied array of potential resources, and should be congratulated for this.

Huguenot Times, May 2012

With chapters covering the history of the Huguenots, their settlements in Britain, research planning, specific and general sources, and settlements in mainland Europe and elsewhere, as well as an appendix outlining the basic French and Dutch anyone researching Huguenot ancestry may need, a bibliography, and useful addresses and websites to visit, this guide for family historians from an experienced and well-known family historian will be a valuable addition to the genealogist’s research tools.

Your Family History, May 2012
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