Project: Huguenot Migration

Categories: Huguenot Migration Project | Pre-1700 Projects | Huguenot Movement

Welcome to the Huguenot Migration Project



This Project seeks to acknowledge people who self-identified as religious Huguenots, sometimes called "French Huguenots," who lived between 1540 and 1790, spoke French, or a language associated with French, were Protestant or "Reformed" Christians, and were somehow persecuted or discriminated against so that they chose to leave their home (either within France or a mixed-language borderland such as Wallonia, Flanders, Artois, Hainaut, Franche Comte, or Alsace-Lorraine...), and find a better life abroad. We seek to add their profiles to our growing Global Family Tree or to improve those Huguenot profiles already on WikiTree. Adding or improving primary and secondary sources for such profiles is a key part of this Project's mission. This Project normally includes all French-speaking or French-culture Protestant Christians who lived during the 1540-1790 time period, not just those who followed the doctrines of Jean Calvin, and who were discriminated against and therefore emigrated from their French-speaking homeland to another country. As a new project has been created specifically to deal with the 1749-1752 emigration of French-speaking Protestants from the Principality of Montbéliard to replace Catholic Acadians in Nova Scotia by England, they are an exception to this rule. Should other projects be created to deal with other sub-groups, they will be welcome.

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Overview of the project goals, followed by a table with specific tasks.

This Project includes ancestors who lived between 1540 and 1790, spoke French, or a language associated with French, were Protestant / Reformed Christians, and were somehow persecuted or discriminated against so that they chose to leave their home (either within France or a mixed-language borderland such as Wallonia, Flanders, Artois, Hainaut, Franche Comte, or Alsace-Lorraine...), and seek a better life abroad. Many of these men and women and their families fled first to other, more-tolerant, European countries, notably the Netherlands and England, and then from there to the Americas, South Africa and even Asia. The term "Huguenot Emigrant" applies only to the 1st generation, who left their French or borderland Homeland for a non-French destination.

A sub-mission of this Project is to identify "family-members" of Huguenot Emigrants, such as wives, husbands or children, born outside France or her borderlands, down to the 3rd generation (grandchildren of the original emigrants), by adding a "Huguenot Family" sticker to qualifying profiles. We also seek to identify further-along descendants of Huguenots, including descendants who remained in or returned to France, beyond grandchildren, with a "Huguenot Descendant" sticker, when appropriate. Living WikiTree members can have this sticker. A "Huguenot Non-Emigrant" sticker is for Huguenots that did not emigrate but remained in France, Wallonia or another borderland, either hiding their religious preferences or able to avoid forced "conversion". Such a Sticker will only be applied to profiles of those ancestors who lived between 1540-1790, after which religious freedom was officially established in France and as the French Revolution established it in the borderlands. After this date, profiles can have the "Huguenot Descendants" sticker. Finally, a "Huguenot Protestant Ancestor" sticker has been established to identify French-speaking Protestant Ancestors of Huguenot emigrants who did not leave their French-speaking Homeland. These persons usually died before the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.

NOTE: Placing a Sticker automatically puts the profile in the related Huguenot Category on WikiTree. Thus, these profiles will still be easily identified as Huguenots.

Thus, this Project has 5 "Sticker Templates" (see Templates section below). Each Sticker automatically places the profile in the related Huguenot Category on WikiTree:

  1. Huguenot Emigrant - 1st generation, 1540-1790, Protestant Christian Huguenots who left their French-speaking Homeland for another country.
  2. Huguenot Family Member - 3 generations, 1540-1790, born abroad, but in a Huguenot emigrant family. Includes wives or husbands of a Huguenot emigrant, plus children and grandchildren born outside France or her borderlands.
  3. Huguenot Descendant - beyond 3rd generation, to Present Day, of Huguenot ancestry.
  4. Huguenot Non-Emigrant - 3 - 4 generations, 1540-1790, who remained in France or a borderland French-speaking homeland but identified as a Protestant Christian Huguenot. Beyond 1790, they become a "Huguenot Descendant".
  5. Huguenot Protestant Ancestor - for the Protestant Christian ancestors of a Huguenot emigrant; reserved for those persons who did not leave their French-speaking homeland (they usually died before 1685). Birth years would range from about 1500 to 1650.

To see what our current members are working on, check out the badge feed.

Once you have Joined the Google Group, contact Chet Snow, Project Leader, or start a discussion to see how you can help. Merci!

Current Goals:

  1. All duplicate profiles merged into lowest number
  2. Clean up the biography, using the WikiTree Style Guide (work with the Profile Improvement Project for help)
  3. Attached family should meet these goals, too and have the appropriate Sticker.
  4. IF you are Profile Manager of a PPP profile with the Huguenot Template, Add the Project Account as a Manager for the profile. Coordinate with Chet Snow for e-mail address.
  5. If you are Profile Manager for a non-PPP profile with the Huguenot Template, Add the appropriate Sticker (see the descriptions above and "Templates" on this page) and delete the Huguenot Template / Project Box. The Huguenot Project Box will remain only on PPP profiles.

For historically significant Huguenot ancestors:

  1. Add Project Protection (PPP) Status to the profile (Only Leaders can do this)
  2. Add Project Template (see Templates) Please consult with Leader Chet Snow
  3. Add Project Account as manager (2017 WikiTree guidelines state ALL PPP profiles must have the Project Account as one of the profile managers). You should remain as a Manager unless you choose not to.

For non-PPP Huguenot ancestors:

  1. Add the appropriate Sticker (see Templates) to non-PPP profiles and encourage members to do this for their Huguenot lineages. Profile Stickers go in the text section of the edit page below the (== Biography ==) headline. There should be no extra hard returns above or below it, and no horizontal rules (----). Any member can add a Sticker but please coordinate with the Profile Manager.


1. Add the following template to PPP profiles that will be co-managed by the project:


It will display:

The Huguenot symbol
... ... ... was a Huguenot emigrant.
Join: Huguenot Migration Project
Discuss: huguenot

This is the "Project Box" Template and all profiles that have it will also be co-managed by the Huguenot Migration Project, under WikiTree's new 2017 Project rules.

2. Add or Encourage addition of Stickers to profiles not managed by the project:

NOTE: Stickers go immediately below the == Biography == heading
1. {{Huguenot Emigrant}}
It will display:
... ... ... was a Huguenot emigrant (1540-1790).
2. {{Huguenot Emigrant Family|relation}}
It will display:
... ... ... was a family member of a Huguenot emigrant (1540-1790).
3. {{Huguenot non-Emigrant}}
It will display:
... ... ... was a Huguenot who did not emigrate (1540-1790).
4. {{Huguenot Descendant}}
It will display:
... ... ... is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.
5a {{Huguenot Protestant Ancestor|destination}}
It will display:
... ... ... was the Protestant ancestor of a Huguenot emigrant to destination.
5b {{Huguenot Protestant Ancestor}}
It will display:
... ... ... was the Protestant ancestor of a Huguenot emigrant to .

Note: WikiTree will be "retiring" the Sticker and Category Collateral Huguenot soon and, with permission, be replacing it with one of the 5 new, more-specific Stickers listed above. PPP or Project-managed profiles do not normally have a Sticker on them; the Project Box Template is sufficient.

Another template {{Huguenot Ancestor}} is also in use but only for ancestors identified as Huguenots but whose family status (actual emigrant, family member, etc.) is unknown.

All profiles with one of these 5 Stickers will automatically be placed in an associated Category on WikiTree; therefore, even if not "managed" by the Project, they will remain easily identifiable as Huguenot-related.

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