Project: Huguenot Migration

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This Project seeks to identify (with the {{Huguenot}} template) and categorize (with Category:Huguenot_Migration) those profiles of people who were known as Huguenots or French Huguenots who migrated out of France to other countries. (See list below.)

If you'd like to help out, please join. Send a Private Message to Jillaine Smith requesting the Huguenot Project Badge and add your name to the appropriate section(s) below (first column) for that area and surname(s) you're working on. If you know of sources not listed, please add them.

Participate in the discussion of this project and tag any related g2g topics with "huguenot".

On the profile of each migrating Huguenot, click on Edit tab and scroll down to the narrative or text box. At the top of the narrative type these two lines: {{Huguenot}} [[Category:Huguenot_Migration]] Save.

Sometime between 1550 and 1580, members of the Reformed (Protestant) church in predominantly Catholic France came to be commonly known as Huguenots, initially a derogatory term, then one held with pride. They were virulently prosecuted by the French government, in part because many Huguenots were families of wealth who sought political power as well. The height of this persecution was the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre (1572) when 5,000 to 30,000 Huguenots were killed. After that time, tolerance varied, there was a brief period of legal acceptance of Protestant practice, until King Louis XIV made Catholicism the religion of the nation then outlawed Protestantism entirely in 1685. By the end of the 17th century and into the 18th century, roughly 500,000 Huguenots had fled France, four thousand of which emigrated to the North American colonies. Huguenots (with estimates ranging from 200,000 to 1,000,000[1]) also fled to surrounding Protestant countries: England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, and Prussia.

Many Huguenot descendants continued to use French first names and surnames for their children well into the nineteenth century, as they tried to keep some connection to their heritage.

See Wikipedia for historical background.



Germany (c1685)

Michael Thomas (Thomas-10705): Johann LeBachelle (Lebachelle-13) - according to family lore, emigrated from France to Kaiserslautern, Germany c1685. He was a pastor. Family name was not found in records of the Huguenot Society several years ago, and little follow-up has been made since then, hence my interest in participating in this project. Resources include:

  • Map of one Emigration Path from France through Switzerland to Germany
  • Die Französisch reformirte Kirche in Emden
  • Die Französisch-reformierte Gemeinde zu Homburg v. d. Höhe
  • Die Französisch-reformirte Colonie zu Friedrichsdorf
  • Die Französisch-reformirte Gemeinde in Erlangen
  • Die Französisch-reformirten Gemeinden zu Gross- und Klein-Ziethen in der Mark Brandenburg
  • Französische Ackerbauern aus der Pfalz und der Uckermark in Ostpreußen
  • MANY MORE through LDS card catalog

Netherlands (1500s-1700)

No one is currently working on Huguenots who settled in the Netherlands. Are you? Add your name here.

Resources include:

  • Fiches op de registers, Collectie La Rochelle, 1602-1685, LDS Fiches 199954-6 (Card index to French Reformed Church records of La Rochelle, Charente- Maritime, France. Includes baptisms, marriages and memberships. Members of this church later settled in The Netherlands.)
  • Fiches op de registers, Collectie Montauban, 1647-1682; Card index to French Reformed Church records of Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, France. Members of this church later settled in The Netherlands. FHL Fiche #199957-199962.

Scandinavia (c1685)

No one is currently working on Huguenots who settled in Scandinavia. Are you? Add your name here.

Do you know any resources for researching Scandinavian Huguenots?

( Im searching for a hugenot arriving in Støren or Horg in Norway in the year 1690, from France. His firstname was Bastian or Sebastian, and his father had the firstname Morten

Switzerland (1500s)

Michele Hevingham (Riley-1234) is researching the surname Flournoy.

Resources include:

  • Louis Vivien, Les families du réfuge en pays neuchâtelois. Descendants of French Protestants in the Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. FHL Film 962763
  • Oliver Clottu, Genealogical research in the French speaking parts of Switzerland : including Swiss Huguenot records

Wales, England & Ireland (1500s-1600s)

  • Christine Hills (Frost) working on Mercier & Poirier Protestant Temple Records Alencon Normandy France to French Huguenot Church Spitalfields London;
  • Raby & Painvin Marchenoir et Lorges Cher et Loir & Loiret France to London, England
  • Magda N is working on the surname and Fougeron and related families, using:
  • Robin D. Gwynn, A Calendar of the letter books of the French Church of London from the civil war to the restoration, 1643-1659
  • T. P. Le Fanu and W. H. Manchee, Dublin and Portarlington veterans, King William III's Huguenot army
  • England Nonconformist Church_Records at FamilySearch
  • The register of the French Church at Thorpe-le-Soken in Essex, 1684-1726. Huguenot Society of London, by William Chapman Waller(London:Spottiswoode),1912
  • Chapel register of Westminster, London, England, (Rider Court, French Huguenot), christenings, 1700-1738
  • Registers of the French churches of Bristol, Stonehouse, and Plymouth
  • Huguenot wills and administrations in England and Ireland, 1617-1849, abstracts of Huguenot wills and administrations.Henry Wagner ; edited by Dorothy North.(London. 2007-2008)

Michele Hevingham is working on surnames Gastineau and Jean Chaboussant, using:

  • Gastineau: Spitalfields, London England, Christ Church

Someone? is working on Langres & Mirebeau, France to England and De Charmes, using:

  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials found at
  • Records found at Family including births, marriages & deaths
  • Wills transcribed by myself obtained from the National Archives
  • Records obtained from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

North America

Canada (New France)

Michael Harrison is working on Canada's Huguenot heritage.

United States

Florida (1564)

The Huguenot settlers here were wiped out in 1565.[citation needed]


  • Do you know any? Please add here.


Someone (who?) is working on Mareen Duvall of Anne Arundel County. Sources include:

New England (1686; earlier?)

Someone (who?) is working on the following people who settled in 1686 in Narragansett County, East Greenwich, CT in what would become Rochester, Rhode Island:

  • Ezechiel Carre
  • Peter LeBreton
  • John Fones
  • Targe

New Netherland 1628-1690s (later NY & NJ)

The following people are working on Huguenots who settled here:

See also the New Netherland Settlers project

The following Huguenots came about 1614:

  • Jean Vigne of Huguenot parents - first Eur. child born in region

March 1624: the ship New Netherland sailed from Texel with 30 families (c150 persons) "mostly Walloons" headed for the mouth of Hudson River. Cornelius Jacobsen May, commander. Families dispersed to lower Manhattan, Conn. River, Delaware, Orange (up Hudson River), but within 1-2 years all returned to lower Manhattan. (see Olive Tree's page for passengers aboard Nieuw Nederland, which sailed on or after March 30, 1624)

  • Jesse de Forest (organizer); died in South America by 1626, leaving widow Marie du Cloux and 5 children. Young med student Jean de la Montagne, native of Saintes, Saintonge, France m their daughter Rachel de Forest 27 Nov 1626 Leyden (see 1636 below)
  • George de Rapalie & wife Catalina Trico; dau Sarah b Orange 9 Jun 1625 (testimony by 60-year-old Catalina has them aboard Unity's January 25, 1624 voyage)
  •  ?De la Mot [Delameter later?]
  •  ?Du For
  •  ?Le Rou
  •  ?Du Pon
  •  ?Ghiselin
  •  ?Cornille
  •  ?De Trou
  •  ?De Crenne
  •  ?Damont
  •  ?Campion
  •  ?De Carpentier
  •  ?Gille
  •  ?Catoir
  •  ?de Croy
  • Maton
  •  ?Lambert
  •  ?Martin
  •  ?Gaspar



After 1675:

New Netherland Huguenot sources include:

  1. 1621 Round Robin petition signed by Walloons and French to settle Virginia represented 227 people (including 56 signers). That settlement did not occur, but many of the families listed appear later in New Netherland records.
  2. Earliest council minutes and other historical docs go back only to 1638 (New Amsterdam)
  3. Church register, Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of NY commence 1639
  4. History of the Huguenot Emigration to America, (1885); searchable on ($)
  5. Mrs. James M. Lawton, Family names of Huguenot refugees to America, [Publisher? Date?]
  6. History of New Paltz New York and its Old Families, Including the Huguenot Pioneers, Ralph LeFevre, Fort Orange Press, 1909

North Carolina (1685)

Someone (who?) is working on Issac Barrineau, Sr.

Sources include:


Michele Hevingham is working on the surnames Ory /Oulric and Raquet.

Sources include:

  • Charles Rhoades Roberts, The first Huguenot settlers in the Lehigh Valley [Pennsylvania], Allentown, PA: s.n., 1918. LDS Fiche 6045675
  • Roberts, Genealogical research among Pennsylvania German and Huguenot families
  • Venango County, Pennsylvania [What's the source here?]

South Carolina (1685)

Someone (who?) is working on Isaac Barrineau, Sr.

Sources include:

  • A contribution to the history of the Huguenots of South Carolina (on Google Books) [add link]

Virginia (1600, 1700)

[[Pool-982] Bill Pool] is working on some 1600's French Huguenots whose families originated in the Languedoc France province and settled in the Elizabeth City County area of Virginia (now Hampton VA) . Surnames include Poole/ Poule, Boult. These families were associated with an early English effort to develop a wine industry in Virginia which could rival that of France.

Sources are extensive and full list can be provided upon request. "A History of Wine in America, vol 1" provides an excellent discussion of this effort to create a wine industry in Virginia "Descendants of David Pool" by W T Pool contains full list of documents and selected photocopies and transcriptions.

Donna Stone is focusing on surnames Chastain, Soblet,Reynaud, and Brian; then on Manakin Town settlers.

Phillip L. Sublett is working on ... ??

Sources include:

  • Communication from Governor Francis Nicholson of Virginia, to the British lords of trade : concerning the Huguenot settlement with "list of ye refugees", August 12th, 1700. FHL Film #889500
  • Lillie Du Puy Van Culin Harper, ed., Colonial men and times : containing the journal of Col. Daniel Trabue, some account of his ancestry, life and travels in Virginia and the present state of Kentucky during the Revolutionary period : the Huguenots : genealogy, with brief sketches of the allied families (digital version on
  • R.A. Brock, Documents, chiefly unpublished, relating to the Huguenot emigration to Virginia and to the settlement at Manakin-Town... FHL film #424851.
  • The Douglas register : being a detailed record of births, marriages and deaths together with other interesting notes, as kept by the Rev. William Douglas, from 1750 to 1797 : an index of Goochland wills, notes on the French-Huguenot refugees who lived in Manakin-Town
  • Ancestry Database :Two Ships to Virginia.Database contains the ship listing Huguenot refugees who traveled to Virginia in 1700. The two ships, the Mary and Ann and the Peter and Anthony, arrived in James City on the 12th of August and 20th of September.
  • 1700 Huguenot refugees to Virginia


South Africa (1671-)

Who's working on Huguenots who settled in South Africa?

Sources include:

South America

Brazil (1555)

"France Antarctique," "Huguenots of Guanabara"

General (non- or multi-location) Huguenot Resources

The sources listed above and below are a sampling of what's available, and are not exhaustive. Please search the LDS card catalog for more Huguenot references.

  • Bibliothèque Wallonne (Leiden), Fiches op de registers, Collectie Mirandolle, 1644-1858. (Card index of Huguenots in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and elsewhere.) FHL Fiche # 199963-199983.
  • Fiches op de Waalse registers, 1500-1828. Card index of Huguenots in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and elsewhere. Known as the Leiden Collection.
  • Lucian J. Fosdick, The French blood in America, New York, New York : F.H. Revell Co., c1906
  • The National Huguenot Society
  • Cyndi's List - Huguenot. Links to websites, mailing lists, etc., with a focus on the Huguenots.

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