Huguenot Family History

clip_image002I’ve written about the marvellous National Archives Podcast series quite a few times and I make no apologises for mentioning them again. The latest podcast is by renown historian and genealogist Dr Kathy Chater.

From the 1500’s many people fled Europe because of religious persecution, England was often their final destination where they settled and may well feature in your family tree.  These refugees were known as Huguenots, and are represented in the genealogy world by the wonderful Huguenot Society who have published many volumes of records.

This podcast entitled “Tracing Huguenot Ancestors” will assist in finding out if you have Huguenot’s on a branch of your family tree and give much useful information on exploring these interesting ancestors more fully.

West Yorkshire Non-conformists have just put up a link to their new addition of West Yorkshire non-conformist records. They date from 1646 to 1985 so a very long time period. Discover Quakers, Methodists, Baptists and more in baptism, marriage and burial registers from a variety of nonconformist faiths.

The Huguenot Society of Great Britain

clip_image002Many family historians find hidden amongst the branches of their family trees a connection to the French Protestants who fled their homelands to find religious freedom in England.

A usual place to start your search for these ancestors and to understand the background and reasons for their flight is The Huguenot Society of Great Britain. The site has a family history section as well as a  list of their publications and details of their library. I see that an index to the Proceeding & Quarto Series in now online.

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New Cheshire Records on Find My Past

clip_image002Find My Past have been at it again !! They have been busy this time in the Cheshire Record office and now can offer online the following records.

  • Bishops Transcripts 1576 – 1905
  • Parish Registers 1538 – 1910
  • Electoral Rolls 1842 – 1900
  • Marriage Licence Bonds & Allegations 1663 – 1905
  • Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Records 1671 – 1910
  • Workhouse Registers 1781 – 1910

This should keep my friend Jill busy for the next few weeks as she has plenty of Cheshire ancestors !!

Wonder which counties Find my past & Ancestry are working in now? If anyone knows what is coming up please they would like to post a comment.

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