Prove the link

This guide was last updated in 2009

Once you are satisfied that you have gathered your ancestors’ names and dates and done as much groundwork as possible, it is time try and prove your Huguenot link.

A very good place to start is at the Huguenot Society Library in London, which contains all kinds of records and resources that may help you in your quest – charity records, school records, hospital records, pedigrees and more.

Julia Sawalha found that her ancestor had been admitted to the French Hospital, which only accepted patients who could prove their Huguenot ancestry.

If you are lucky, you might find the names of earlier generations of the family, and be able to uncover in which year or period they came to Britain, and from which town or village in France. There may even be scope to hire a researcher in France, or make a visit there yourself, to continue the investigation.

To find out more about visiting the Huguenot Society Library and its collections, have a look their website

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