Category: Huguenot

Categories: Huguenot Migration Project

questions or comments, please contact Chet Snow, Leader of the Huguenot Migration Project

THIS PAGE IS UNDER REVIEW AND RECONSTRUCTION - PLEASE SEE: for the latest information, including the NEW 2018 Huguenot-related Stickers & Categories. 18 Feb 2018. Do NOT use the "Collateral Huguenot" Sticker any more, please.

Huguenot is the category for persecuted French Protestants and their descendants who were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the 1530s. Starting in the 16th century the term "Huguenot" was originally used derisively in France, as the Catholic Church persecuted all Protestants throughout Europe, forcing Huguenots to flee or be exiled from France and to seek religious freedom in new countries. WikiTree's Huguenot Migration project "seeks to identify...those profiles of people who were known as Huguenots or French Huguenots who migrated out of France to other countries."

The subcategory Huguenot Migration applies to the migrating Huguenots who left France (see that project for criteria and template usage).

Many Huguenot exile families came to settle in New Netherland (see the New Netherland Settlers project for criteria). Those New Netherland Huguenots and their descendants belong in the category NNS Huguenot.

The Huguenot ancestors (back to the 1530s) of those Huguenot New Netherland Settlers belong in the category NNS Huguenot Ancestor.


This category can be used for all other Huguenots who are not covered by the above categories. To place someone in this Huguenot category and to add the Huguenot cross, copy and paste the following template to the top of the profile's biography text box:

{{Collateral Huguenot
|name= This person

which will add the profile to the Huguenot category and the following display:

This person was a Huguenot.

You can replace "This person" with the person's name (or with {{Name}}). You can also add information (such as the person's place of worship, e.g., "Walloon Church at Canterbury"). The following example adds a name and information that refers to the Dutch Cape Colony in South Africa with a link to the project The Dutch Cape Colony (1652-1806) category:

{{Collateral Huguenot
|name= Paul de Villiers
|addinfo= <br> Family members made it to the [ Cape Colony].

Paul de Villiers was a Huguenot.
Family members made it to the Cape Colony.


End of the Huguenot era of persecution and restoration of French citizenship

After 1724, persecution of Huguenot Protestants diminished in France, finally ending with the Edict of Versailles, commonly called the Edict of Tolerance, signed by Louis XVI in 1787. Two years later, with the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789, Protestants gained equal rights as citizens.

The French government then encouraged descendants of exiles to return, offering them French citizenship in a 15 December 1790 Law: "All persons born in a foreign country and descending in any degree of a French man or woman expatriated for religious reason are declared French nationals (naturels français) and will benefit from rights attached to that quality if they come back to France, establish their domicile there and take the civic oath." This is the first law offering the right of return to the descendant Huguenot exile families.

With that in mind, the criteria for applying this category to any Huguenot descendants anywhere in the world are, if the profile person:

  1. has, or was, a French Huguenot ancestor born after the 1530s (migrant or not)
  2. has a French name[1] (continuous French male line of descent)
  3. has Protestant church membership
  4. was born before 1789
  1. last name at birth (LNAB)

For more information, see

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