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  1. Huguenot Ancestors

    There are many records we can use to trace Huguenot ancestors that are unique to them. For example,  a témoignage was a certificate enabling a Huguenot to join another church. The témoignage was given to the church member when leaving the congregation and acted as a character reference for entry to the new church. Where they survive they give details essential for family history research such as the full name of the individual, names of children and spouse, sometimes the maiden surnames of wives or widows, which individual or congregation gave the témoignage and the date it was presented. In the case of teenage children, their age is usually mentioned as well as the name of a parent. They are very useful, especially when searching for a gateway ancestor and their arrival in Britain and where they originated from.

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