Membership is open to any person, male or female, who is a descendant of a Manakin Huguenot Founder, male or female, or descended from a Huguenot resident of Virginia prior to 1786 [see the Founders list], provided the applicant meets all requirements of the organization.
To become a member of the Society, you will have to document fully an unbroken line of descent from one of the founders of the colony or a Huguenot immigrant resident of Virginia prior to 1786. It is possible to refer to documents already submitted with applications being held at the Library. To request information, please send your name and mailing address to Manakin Huguenot Society Headquarters, 981 Huguenot Trail, Midlothian, VA 23113 or e-mail manakintown at yahoo.com. One joins through a branch (see below). Most branch registrars accept word-processed applications (doc or pdf files), printed on quality paper. If you do not live in a state with a branch, you are welcome to join any branch.
You may find the society's research library at Manakin in Richmond helpful for your research (804 794-5702). Documents submitted with past applications are especially valuable. The library of the Virginia Historical Society is strong in Huguenot materials, such as these items; check the on-line catalog at http://www.vahistorical.org or call 804-342-9686. The Library of Virginia is another good resource, with some genealogical materials on the Huguenots not in our library.
Other good Richmond area resources (some with on-line catalogues and good Huguenot materials) include the following:
Goochland Historical Society http://www.goochlandhistory.org/
Powhatan Historical Society http://www.powhatanhistoricalsociety.org Chesterfield County Historical Society http://www.chesterfieldhistory.com/
Library of Virginia http://www.lva.lib.va.us/ College of William and Mary http://www.swem.wm.edu Valentine Richmond History Center http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com
Virginia Commonwealth University Library
The Society currently has branches in seven states, and you will be processing your membership through one of
them. You do not have to live in a state to belong to its branch.
Contact the librarian at manakintown at yahoo.com and we will forward your message to the membership chair or registrar of the branch you wish to join to begin the membership application process.
Alabama Georgia [to branch web site] Tennessee [to branch web site] Mississippi Mississippi Texas Kentucky [to branch web site] Virginia [to branch web site]