A Lasting Legacy Huguenot Symposium 26Th April

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A LASTING LEGACY - Huguenot Symposium 26th April

Date: 26th April 2014

Very much looking forward to the Symposium next Saturday in Rochester.

I am still not entirely sure whether my ancestors were Huguenots on my Mother's side or just simply French.  Rita Pettet who has done sterling work - and long before the Internet made things easier - has now, through obtaining various Wills, which I get translated,  taken the family back to the 15th Century.  And Pauline Wilson has traced Pettets from the time of William the Conqueror  - but there's a mystifying gap in the middle.  There were concentrations of Pettet/Pettit/Petit/Pettyte's in Cornwall, Kent and East Anglia so drawing the various threads together is very difficult.  I take my hat off to both Rita and Pauline because I don't know how they do it - I just wait for them to print their research and then try to make sense of the information.  Through Rita's research I know I have ancestors in Australia and also in Mexico - but how we are going to follow that up is beyond me.

One of the mainstays of the Huguenot Chapel has told me that even if one's French ancestry in this country pre-dates the Massacre in Paris in 1572, the ancestors could still have been Huguenots.

The organisers of the Symposium have very kindly offered to show me round the French Hospital and even to help with the Ancestry so maybe the gap will be bridged.

Am also finding out a few interesting facts with regard to my Father's side of the family.  They went out to India at the time of Clive of India and my father was the first one of his immediate family to come back to the UK in 1937. His Grandfather and one son died of Cholera and my father was left motherless at the age of 14.

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