Belgium Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Civil Registers   3: Immigration   4: Cemeteries   5: Maps   6: Newspapers   7: Websites   8: Search Records   9: Get Help        SEARCH


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Goal 1: Learn about Belgian research.


A. Learn about research in Belgium.

  1. Get started with your research in Belgium.
    FS—Beginning Research in Belgium—46:38
  2. 2017-10-02
  3. Explore Belgian research resources in this Rootsweb site.
  4. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  5. Explore the site for research records.
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  7. Use the Belgium Record Finder to understand record types for research.
    FS—Wiki: Belgium Record Finder
  8. 2018-01-24

B. Learn about names and surnames in Belgium.

  • Learn about naming patterns in Belgium and the Netherlands.
    FS—Beginning Research in Belgium—65:09
  • Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in Belgium.

  • Goal 2: Learn about Belgium civil registers.


    A. Learn about Belgium civil registration.

    1. Learn about Belgium civil register in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
      FS—Wiki: Belgium Civil Registration
    2. Review word lists in French and Dutch to help you read the records more easily.


    Goal 3: Learn about Belgium immigration.


    A. Learn about Belgium immigration.

    1. Explore the Immigrant Ship site. Select a Volume, then choose Belgium as the departure or arrival location.
    2. Explore Belgium passenger lists on the GenealogyLinks site.
    3. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Belgium.
    4. Learn about tracing the ancestors of Belgian immigrants in this article.
      Research Guidelines for Belgian Immigrants


    Goal 4: Learn about Belgian cemeteries.


    A. Learn about Belgian cemeteries.

    1. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
    2. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
    3. Explore Belgium cemetery resources on the GenealogyLinks site.

    Goal 5: Learn about Belgium maps.


    A. Learn about Belgium maps.

    1. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for Belgium maps.
    2. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Belgium maps.
    3. Explore old maps of Belgium in the 1900 Collection.
    4. Access Belgian map resources in the site.
    5. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Belgium maps.

    Goal 6: Learn about Belgium newspapers online.


    A. Explore Belgian newspapers for ancestor research.

    1. Search Belgian newspapers in the site.
    2. Search Belgian newspapers in the site.
    3. Search Belgian newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.
    4. Search Belgian newspapers from 1836-1992 in the Digitale Krantenchief archive.

    Goal 8: Search records from Belgium.


    A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Belgium.

    Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

    1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
    2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

    B. Explore additional record collections.

    1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Belgian online record collections.

    C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Belgian records.

    1. Explore the Europe page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.

    Goal 9: Get help with your Belgian research.


    A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

    1. Visit the Genealogie por tours en Belgique page on Facebook.
    2. Visit the Central Europe Genealogy Research Community on Facebook.
    3. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Belgium.

    B. Join a mailing list or message board for Belgium research.

    1. Search the RootsWeb site for Belgium research mailing lists.
    2. Explore the Belgium research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
    3. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Belgium research.

    C. Learn about Belgium genealogy societies.

    1. Explore Belgium genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.


    FamilySearch   All Historical   Catalog
    Births and Baptisms: 1560-1890
    Marriages: 1563-1890
    Deaths and Burials: 1564-1900
    Antwerp Civil Registration: 1588-1909
    Antwerp Police Immigration Index: 1840-1930
    E. Flanders Civil Registration: 1541-1912
    W. Flanders Civil Registration: 1582-1910
    Hainaut Civil Registration: 1621-1914
    Liege Civil Registration: 1600-1913
    Namur Civil Registration: 1800-1912

    Antwerp Police Immig. Index:   1840-1930
    Wallonia Births: 1559-1934  
    Wallonia Marriages: 1559-1934  
    Wallonia Deaths: 1559-1984  

    MyHeritage    All Belgium
    Civil Registration:   1795-1910

    Belgium Provinces

    Antwerp     Brussels Region     Limburg     Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders)      Vlaams-Brabant     West_Vlaanderen     Brabant Wallon     Hainaut     Namur