This book will help the many genealogists throughout the English-speaking world whose forebears may have been Huguenots. The religious refugees who fled from France and the Low Counties to Britain and America in the 17th century were so numerous that their descendants must now run to some hundreds of thousands. For those with French or foreign sounding names the possibility of Huguenot ancestry is clear but, because many refugees anglicised their surnames, all trace of their continental origin may have been lost. It is likely that many Whites, Carpenters, Browns and Smiths were originally Leblancs, Charpentiers, Lebruns or Lefevres. The authors have set out to help these people just as much as those with a clearly established Huguenot connection.
The book begins with an outline of the historical and religious events in France which led up to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and which resulted in the flight of so many refugees. It goes on to provide a detailed description of the methods and sources for tracing Huguenot ancestry in all the places in which they took refuge. Both authors have immense practical experience which is placed at the reader's disposal to give both a systematic guide to research and invaluable advice on how to organise the results and, eventually, to write up a family history.
As the Duke of Buccleuch observes in his Foreword, the debt owed by the English-speaking world to these refugees is very large, and one of the purposes of this book is to recognise this fact.
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