Huguenot Genealogy

When Martin Luther stoke up is " 95th thesis " on the door of Wittemberg Castle church’s on october 31st 1517, he launches the active phasis of the Reformation. Then with him, and Calvin, and Zwingli, Europes enters the Spiriritual Renaissance after the Artistical one. It will also be one of her history bloodiest century, and one of the darkest of the Roman Church. The persecutions against the Huguenots in the Kingdom of France obliged most of them to migrate in two times. The first one was the logical result of the Religions Wars, the second one was the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIVth in 1685.

For Genealogy, we will notice that since 1541, Huguenots have written Baptems Registers with names of the child, of its father and mother. Marriage and Burials Registers will be made in the same way but differently depending on cities or pastors. Even during the difficults " Desert " years, Registers were held by pastors sometimes on families Bibles.

In Haute-Vienne, and despite that the Vicomté of Limoges was part of the Albret-Bourbon belongings, only the Vicomté of Rochechouart joined the Reformation in 1559. The Huguenots of Rochechouart lived in the city of Rochechouart and in the followings villages : Vayres, Biennac, Chassenon, Pressignac, Saint-Auvent, Oradour sur Vayres, le Boucheron, and Massignac. The Counter-Reformation grew stronger with time, and in 1561, after the Vicomte death, his son join the Roman Church. The Huguenots were then support by the Vicomte of Turennes until 1630. The last Huguenots disappeared after 1681.

In Vaucluse, the Reformation known her most important and powerful Center with the Luberon community also called Vaudois. After the Lyon persecutions, Huguenots from the city and others from the Alps came in this desert area of Provence. They were part of the first which will be hardly pesecuted by King Francis Ist. In April 1545, villages of Cabrières d’Avignons, Cabrières d’Aigue, Murs, Lacoste, Mérindol, Silvacane, Lourmarin, Peypin d’Aigue, La Motte d’Aigue and Saint Martin de la Brasque, are plundered, their population is killed or deported. But the Huguenots faith will not died, and several years later, a new community will be created around Lourmarin, and althrough the 1685 persecutuins will survived even after the fall of the french monarchy.

Most of Huguenots who have left France found protection in England, Scotland, Holland, in some german states, and even in Russia. Others left Europe for Florida, Louisiana, or Quebec. Some join the English and Dutch families to the American Colonies or South Africa.