Exploring Huguenot Heritage

Did you know 1 in 6 English people may be of Huguenot descent?

If you are interested in finding out whether you have Huguenot heritage, we offer a Family History research service. For the price of admission, we offer a preliminary check to look into whether you might have Huguenot ancestry. If you wish to pursue the research further, the charge is £20 for up to two hours research.

If you contact us without visiting the Museum the charge is £25 for up to two hours research, though we will discuss the likelihood of Huguenot ancestry with you, before taking your payment.

If you would like any more information, please email info@huguenotmuseum.org or call on 01634 789 347.

Our research is done by experienced and dedicated volunteers but they are not always here so please do not make a special journey without calling us first. If you do make a visit for family history please bring with you the research that you have done, or email it to us.

The following links may also be of interest.

The French Hospital

The French Hospital is a registered charity that has been at the forefront of supporting Huguenots in need since its foundation in 1718. The Museum’s founding collection comes from the French Hospital. Today, the Hospital provides affordable accommodation for those of Huguenot descent.

The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Huguenot Society was set up in 1885 by the directors of the French Hospital to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about Huguenot migration. The Society continues in this mission to this day, and aims to form bonds of fellowship among those who respect and admire the Huguenots. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. The Huguenot Library, part of UCL Special Collections, is currently housed at the National Archives.

Huguenots of Spitalfields

Huguenots of Spitalfields is a registered charity promoting public understanding of Huguenot heritage and culture in Spitalfields, the city of London and beyond.

Westminster French Protestant School Foundation

The Westminster French Protestant School Foundation provides grants to help with the educational expenses of children and young people of French Huguenot descent and financial need.

French Protestant Churches in England

L’Eglise Protestante Française de Londres

The French Protestant Church in Soho, London which was founded in 1550. The church holds a service every Sunday at 11am and is open to all.

L’Eglise Protestante Française De Cantorbéry

A service in French is held at the Huguenot Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral every Sunday at 3pm.

Huguenots in America

Historic Huguenot Street

In 1678 a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley of New York in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose. In 1894 their descendants formed ‘Historic Huguenot Street’ to protect their legacy in the buildings, objects and stories they left behind.

National Huguenot Society (US)

The National Huguenot Society, established in 1931, includes in its membership the Pennsylvania Huguenot Society, the New Jersey Society and the Washington DC Society. They perpetuate the memory, spirit and deeds of the Huguenots who emigrated to North America and their contribution to the development of the United States.

Huguenot Society of America

The Huguenot Society of America was founded in 1883. The Society collects and preserves documents relating to Huguenot history and genealogy, hosts lunches and receptions, publishes books and maintains a library of books, monographs and manuscripts on the Huguenot experience.

Huguenot Society of South Carolina, USA

Founded in 1885 to preserve the history of those Huguenots who immigrated to South Carolina, the Society now has 2000 members from across America and other countries, all of whom are of Huguenot descent.