Membership Eligibility


Regular membership in The National Huguenot Society is based upon membership in a member society organized in a state or territory of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Each member of such a member society is also automatically a member of The National Huguenot Society. An individual who resides in a state which does not have a functioning or active state society and which is otherwise eligible for membership can become a Member-At-Large.


Regular Membership

Individuals wishing to become regular members of The National Huguenot Society must meet the following four qualifications:
  • be at least sixteen years of age
  • adhere to the Huguenot principles of faith and of liberty
  • be a member of the Protestant faith
  • be lineally descended in the male or female line from either
         1. a Huguenot, without regard to ethnic origin or adherence to
            any particular sect of Protestantism, who, subsequent to 10
            December 1520 and prior to the promulgation on 28 November
            1787 of the Edict of Toleration, immigrated to North America
            or some other country;
    
                                    OR
    
         2. a Huguenot who, in spite of religious persecution, remained in
            France.  "France", as used here, refers to any territory lying
            within the Kingdom of France on the date of the promulgation of
            the Edict of Toleration on 28 November 1787.
         

Application for regular membership must be made through a member state society of The National Huguenot Society. A listing of state and chapter societies affiliated with The National Huguenot Society can be found elsewhere on this site.

Each membership application, fully documenting lineal descent from a Huguenot ancestor in an acceptable genealogical manner, must be accompanied by a one-time application fee in the amount of $50 plus a payment of $20 for the first year's annual dues resulting in a total payment of $70.

A listing of Huguenot surnames currently recognized as qualified Huguenot ancestors for purposes of admission to The National Huguenot Society is provided on this site to aid you in your research. These names comprise a complete listing of all Huguenot names submitted and documented to the satisfaction of The National Huguenot Society to date. This listing is not - and never will be - a complete or exhaustive listing of names which would qualify an individual for membership in the Society. Thousands of additional Huguenots have yet to be identified and documented according to accepted genealogical methods.

Further information about membership, and information as to who you can contact in your closest state society for assistance with an application is available by contacting the Registrar General of The National Huguenot Society.




Member-At-Large

Each person seeking membership in The National Huguenot Society is strongly encouraged to apply for membership through a state society or local chapter. It is recognized, however, that an individual may reside in an area that does not have an organized or functioning state society. In such a case an individual may apply for Membership-At-Large.

Those applying for Member-At-Large status must meet the same four requirements as those applying for Regular Membership through a state society, including documented proof of lineal descent in either the male or female line from a Huguenot. A listing of Huguenot surnames currently recognized as qualified for purposes of admission to The National Huguenot Society is provided on this site to aid you in your research. These names comprise a complete listing of all Huguenot names submitted and documented to the satisfaction of The National Huguenot Society to date. This listing is not, however, an exhaustive listing of all possible Huguenot lines that would qualify an individual for membership.

At-Large members have the same privileges of membership as regular members except they may not vote or hold office in the National Society.

Application for Member-At-Large status is made directly to the Registrar General. When submitted, a Member-At-Large application must be accompanied by a one-time $50.00 filing fee plus $15.00 first year annual dues for a total payment of $65.

Further information about Membership-At-Large is available by contacting the Registrar General of The National Huguenot Society.

 

 

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