European Ancestors – Understanding France (23) Religion and Huguenots

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This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE.

  • Huguenots is the name given to those following the French who followed the Protestant faith.
  • War had existed between Roman Catholics and Huguenots as far back as 1562, which resulted in several waves of migration.
  • First wave of migration began in 1572 after St Bartholomew Day.
  • Edict of Nantes granted religious freedom in 1598,
  • In 1685, the Edict of Nantes was revoked and thousands fled France.
  • Some Huguenots renounced their faith and converted to Catholicism.
  • Converts are listed in a register, especially after 1685.
  • Some converts left France and reverted to their Protestant religion in their new country.
  • In the 18th Century, there was a revival of Protestant and some intolerance.
  • Louis XVI signed the Edict of Tolerance which granted freedom to Protestants.
  • Some useful websites (there are also further links on the resources post (32):
  • Protestant GenWeb

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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