Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland

For people with French Protestant ancestors living in Great Britain and Ireland, the Huguenot Society is a great way of finding out about their past.

Founded in 1885 as the Huguenot Society of London, the Society changed its name in 1986 to reflect its wider membership. It seeks to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about the Protestant Christians who fled France to avoid religious persecution in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, many of whose descendants are largely unaware of their ancestors.

The Society has published a large number of PDF guidesto help those researching their Huguenot ancestry – starting with a basic guide on how to proceed with research, and giving all kinds of more specific pointers such as a French glossary, a guide to Huguenot settlers outside London, and how to search in France for ancestors who arrived in Great Britain and Ireland after 1710.

Sadly the Society’s journal, Huguenot Families, ceased publication in 2008, but back copies are still available from the Society’s website.

For more information, visit the Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland’s website: