Rensselaer County, NY GenWeb site - Huguenot Links
French Protestants, known as Huguenots, enjoyed relative freedom of worship
in Catholic France for 87 years under the Edict of Nantes, promulgated in 1598
by King Henry IV (1553-1610, reigned 1589-1610), the first king of the House of
Bourbon. But in 1685, King Henry IV's grandson,
King Louis XIV (1638-1715, reigned 1643-1715), the "Sun King", revoked the Edict.
A reign of terror against French Protestants ensued. More than 400,000 Huguenots
emigrated from France, first to the neighboring countries of England, Germany,
the Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland, and then to the English colonies of
South Africa and America. In America, they first settled mostly in New York,
South Carolina and Massachusetts. You can learn more about your Huguenot ancestors
by visiting the websites listed below.
If you have information about Huguenots who once lived in
Rensselaer County that you would like to contribute to this section of our GenWeb, please
email Lin Van Buren.
The Huguenot Cross
It should not be forgotten that about a million French Huguenots did not emigrate but
remained in France, where on 28 November 1787 the Edict of Toleration was promulgated.
With the French Revolution of 1789, France became - permanently - a nation of freedom
of worship - and of strict separation of church and state (even more strictly
separate than in the USA). We descendants of American Huguenots have cousins
in France today.
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Lin Van Buren
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