Huguenot Jo

Huguenot Jo uncovers secrets of family history, and takes a look at the often hidden Huguenot contribution to world history and culture.  The website and blog analyse the role of religion in shaping society and the effect of religious doctrine on women in particular.  In the age of #Me Too and Fifth Wave Feminism, what does contemporary culture have to say about women?

Regular updates analyse how ideas, politics and world events shape a family, and how echoes of ancestral belief resonate through the centuries, haunting generations of descendants.

French names on the Huguenot Jo family tree include Bachelier, Duval, Finet, Godran, Honore, Lessey, Rossignol, Saumon, Tillier and Vasseur.

The Blog

The blog gives you regular updates from Huguenot Jo, and you can sign up to follow it by email or on Facebook.

Updates look at what my peripatetic research turns up about genealogy, history, fundamentalism and the role of women, past and present.

Protestantism has a particular take on the role of women in society - "the outcast woman" is a recurrent theme.

The blog explores what happened to my family within the wider story of the Huguenots.  If nothing else, I hope it makes you laugh.


The About page outlines the origins of the blog, and highlights the Huguenot names of my ancestors.

The Bibliography offers links to books and films I’ve mentioned in the blog, while a separate list shows books which are recommended as sources.  The Resources section lists recommended websites and links to well-established organisations which can be of  massive help to family historians.

Frequently Asked Questions tries to answer the most common questions about Huguenots, Strict Baptists and the blog.  The Gallery shows locations around the UK with a Huguenot connection.


“…those electrifying moments in your blog posts when you bring personal experience to bear on an historical or cultural theme…”
~ Professor Jon Cook, University of East Anglia

Recent posts

Huguenots – the very first refugees

On World Refugee Day – 20 June -  it’s worth remembering that the word “refugee” was coined to describe the Huguenots in their flight from religious persecution in France. The countries to which they fled offered them refuge and thus they became, in their own...

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The Essex Serpent – streaming on Apple TV+

Clare Danes and Tom Hiddleston star in the TV adaptation of Sarah Perry’s novel The Essex Serpent. It’s getting good write-ups.. Read a review of the book here and more information about Sarah Perry here The Essex Serpent TV Mini Series

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A chance to manage the Huguenot Museum in Rochester, Kent

A rare opportunity to re-launch and manage a museum is open to applicants until 24 April 2022. The Huguenot Museum was temporarily mothballed during the pandemic, and now needs an entrepreneurial manager to lead its re-opening. This is the first and only museum in the...

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Too posh for the likes of us: the Great and the Good

We chose a fine, sunny Saturday to visit Canterbury Cathedral, although I am over-awed by the Church of England in all its forms so I was not in the best of moods.  Most Anglican clergy are too posh by far for the likes of me, and I certainly can’t follow their...

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