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Ancestors Jean Bossard and wife Margarethe Mullerin von Westhoffen

by Mary Doran
(Amsterdam Holland)

I believe they left France about 1702 for America as persecuted Hugenots. They had a son Simon, born about 1692. Can I find records of them and possibly go back further?

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by: Suzele

Hi Mary,

The likelihood of finding records from the late 1600s or early 1700s is much lower than records from the late 1700s when it became mandatory to document births, marriage and deaths amongst other things.

Before this, it was a church matter. And in your case the Huguenots were illegal in the French kingdom.

Even Alsace which was more tolerant of different protestant groups was mostly Lutheran or Reformed. The odds that Huguenot records still exist is lower than for the more common protestant groups.

Another issue is where in Alsace? Records would be organized according to village most likely.

Hope it helps,
Suzele

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