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Thursday, March 29, 2012
On March 28, 2012, a new site was officially announced which enables
researchers to access at present about 75,000 beautifully digitized
records for the most part presented for the fist time, from private
collections, from the Museum, the Library or the Archives of the
city of Andenne.
The site is the product of many years of hard work supported by the
Echevinat de la Culture and the city of Andenne, Belgium. I
introduce to you Bibliotheca Andana
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
World War II
European Theater Army Records on Fold3.com
Caught a tweet this morning, from Dear Myrtle and
had to check it out. I looked for a message from Fold3.com in my
mail box but never found one... no tweet either so I hope Dear
Myrtle won't mind my recopying some of it here.
When I was a little girl, I turned my eyes and cringed every time
one of my elders would bring up the war (WWII) as they were alive
when it happened and they remembered first hand what they had gone
My father was five years old when the German armies marched through
his little village of Dalhem in early May 1940. I am fuzzy about the
exact chronology but I know my grandfather was deported to Germany
shortly after the invasion. How he ended up in a military POW camp,
I am not sure about either but that is where he was. We have a
handful of letters he wrote the family but they never quite
satisfied my curiosity.
They first had him in Stalag VA in Ludwigsburg, then moved him to
Stalag VB in Villingen. He was put in the service of a woman whose
husband was fighting/had fought in Hitler's armies: Widow HEFELE at
Illerbachen - hamlet of Berckheim- D- 88450.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
the Belgian Archives site
I find this article published in Belgian Laces Vol#30-116 still
applicable and since FamilySearch was once again asked to remove the
images from access on www.familysearch.org, at least here are some
directions as to how to use the Belgian Archives site to do some
research. Good luck!
The Belgian Royal Archives have made available many names online
Go to: http://arch.arch.be/ and choose your language of preference:
Dutch or French only for search formats, which is why I have taken
the time to translate below to help take you through the steps of a
Person Search on this site.
If you chose the English setting for the site, the search menu will
be in Dutch.
Friday, August 12, 2011
How to Help with The “Belgians in the US Census” Project
The idea to develop a census template came to me after a member of TBR
volunteered to help retrieve the Belgians who lived in Michigan in 1930,
using the microfilm images available for free at www.archive.org.
A quick look at the number of microfilms to view (106 total), each
approximately 1,100 pages long, convinced me not only of the enormity
but also of the impracticability of the task at hand. So I suggested
creating lists of persons using Ancestry.com’s index and see if it was
possible to link this information with the microfilms available at
After much stumbling I found a system which, although far from perfect,
makes it realistically possible for someone with internet access to help
move this project forward.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Are you Looking for the History of Courcelles?
dismiss the value of mailing lists and forums. I have found true pearls
on these networks. One such pearl was shared today by Pat on
http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/gencharleroi/ A complete book on the
town of Courcelles, in pdf format, searchable!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
New strategies to give online access to more records: part 2
You to Hubert Barnich for giving the opportunity to look at the site at
http://actes.marche.be/ Here is the list of the localities being
digitized for this site: Aye, Champlon, Grimbiemont, Hargimont,
Hollogne, Humain, Lignieres, Marche, Marloie, On, Roy, Verdenne, Waha
There are already 48,020 TIF files
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
New strategies to give online access to more records: part 1
Several organizations in Belgium have been plugging along indexing civil
registers and parish registers and making the indexes available online
for free and even giving access to the electronic copies of the original
How do they do this?
Simple. The Royal Archives don't have a true monopoly on these records
as each locality retained a copy and has the right to make them
available on their own.
One of the reasoning is that if more localities followed the example of
the ones here, the Royal Archives would have to relinquish their grip
and make the records available to all online.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Brussels City Archives Online
The news this morning is the RTBF announcement that the Brussels City
Archives are now accessible online. Check out this link
http://www.bruxelles.be/artdet.cfm/4445 The article is in French so I
will endeavor to expound in English.
Monday, November 22, 2010
The Belgian Archives Online
In February 2009, FamilySearch began
uploading digital images of Belgian civil records onto its Record Search
Pilot site, enabling genealogists researching their Belgian ancestry to
access original records right from their homes.
It was however short lived as the Belgian Archives quickly requested
access to the public be restricted. I won't lie when I say that it was a
terrible blow to researchers, especially since the creation of the index
for these Belgian records had just begun.
Friday, October 1, 1910
Try FamilySearch "record Search
There is great news on the horizon, even though there is still room
(like making the images for the Belgian records available!!!)
If you have family from Luxemburg (the Grand Duchy), you will be
delighted to learn that the Civil Registers have been uploaded online
and you can 'scroll' , more like page through, the records as if you
were sitting at a microfilm reader in a Family history Center or in
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Are you Looking
I can't remember when I discovered this site but I rediscovered it
I still don't speak Dutch and so I struggle with the contents of this
site, therefore, the only way for me to learn what is behind each tab,
is to just click...
Friday, February 5, 2010
Belgian Archives Update
Don't get your hopes up, access is still limited to the Archives
buildings in Belgium BUT the article they posted to announce the latest
released registers is well worth becoming acquainted with. You should be
able to apply the same concept to other villages and make use of your
local Family History Centers, even if the staff is not up to par with
These latest records are the 1784 census of the Saint Catherine Parish
in Bonlez (Brabant).
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A New Decree shortens Cemetery
Leases in the Walloon Region
A few years ago, we presented an article in Belgian Laces (BL102)
that dealt with the preservation of funeral patrimony. At the time
(2005), Xavier Deflorennes, Mr. Cemetery was documenting these Walloon
To the horror of many American researchers, used to visiting cemeteries
to find information about their departed loved ones, in Belgium,
graveyards are not enduring as they are here.
Monday, February 1, 2010
More Funeral Cards
Try this link for new funeral cards.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
This morning I opened a promising email from the Archives in
Belgium. It seemed to promise the reader access to online parish record
images, and since I have been working with FamilySearch Indexing's
Belgian project, and have been aware that the Archives had not wanted to
release the images online, I was really anxious to see exactly what was
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Red Star Line Museum
A couple of weeks ago I received the following information from
Charlotte Op de Beeck who works for the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp,
In 2006 the South Street Seaport Museum in New York held a 6 months
exhibit Antwerp-America: The Red Star Line and the Paintings of Eugeen
Van Mieghem, 1870-1935 (see Belgian Laces #107 and also the Van Mieghem
Museum) It is about that time that word reached us of the plan to turn
an old warehouse into an immigration museum in Antwerp and we had hoped
to do a follow up but never really had the chance. Maybe this message
will provide a renewed opportunity to learn about the museum but also
about its website. Here is the message from Mrs. Charlotte Op de Beeck:
Monday, November 23, 2009
More Memorial sites
Annette Biazot was so kind as to refer me to two other Memorial
sites you will want to check out. The first is the Memorial Genweb
linked with FranceGenWeb. On this site you will find a database of
monuments to the dead, soldiers and civilians, French and of various
nationalities, who were killed or disappeared during war time...
The other Memorial site is more specifically designed to find deportees
who died in concentration camps: Les Deportes Decedes en Deportation...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Are you looking for Belgians who were killed during WWI or WWII? Not
sure exactly where they might have died? Try this web page: Bel-Memorial
This bilingual site (Dutch - French) is dedicated to the memory of those
who died during these conflicts.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Are you looking for a short cut?
This new site GenWalBru will give it to you!
It covers the southern part of Belgium and Brussels An alphabetical
listing of localities will redirect you to the site where that town's
particular records can be found online.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Tackling OLD records.
As I was looking through my Favorite links to share with you I saw
one many English speaker probably don't know about but which leads to an
amazing site, that of Andre Comeliau's Genealogies au Pays de Herve. It
is not a fancy site by any means but does it ever contain amazing
Friday, June 19, 2009
Online History Books
This morning my attention was redirected to a very interesting site.
Granted its content may make it difficult for the non-French speaker but
it is worth a look if you have family in the provinces of West Flanders
and of Hainaut. The borders between Belgium and France were often
crossed back and forth and you may find the information of great value:
Monday, June 8, 2009
Family Histories and Index on a Variety of Personal sites
In my early internet days I had the opportunity to meet a great many
interesting people thanks to the Belgium-Roots mailing list that Georges
One such person was Jozef Smits. He was a scientist besides having a
great interest in history and genealogy and we more or less locked horns
on a technical word I had used in a post on Belgium Roots.
Jose Schoovaert built some sites where to share his knowledge, his art
and his love for the Walloon language, which was still spoken fluently
by our friends in Wisconsin and in Pennsylvania.
We partner with several genealogical associations in Belgium, and this
one, the Association Genealogique du Hainaut Belge, also provides links
to its members' personal pages or to their online
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The Mercator Reveals its Secret
When Yves Heraly sent word that records had been found on the
Mercator, I immediately tried to find out more. I will always remember
the excursion to Ostend to see the Mercator with my father, back in
1969. We later took our own kids to see that beautiful ship when we
returned to Belgium some 20 years later.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Finding Your Ancestors Using Netradyle
Netradyle began in 1993. Its name comes from the combination of the
names of three local streams: Nethen, Train and Dyle.
Some similar sites require that you become a member of their
organization and that you index 20 to 30 pages before giving access to
the records but this is NOT the case with NetraDyle.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Virtual Tour of Waterloo
When I was a little girl, my father decided to take us to Waterloo.
It was a dreary day and the only memory I have of the place is that it
was raining and I didn't want to be there. How I wish I had better
understood where I was! Now that I no longer live in Belgium, I can't
just decide to go to Waterloo like my father had done. BUT... modern
technology is making miracles happen. If you have had the same wish to
visit Waterloo but just can't make the trip right now... Here is the
next best thing.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Are you Looking for Belgian Funeral Notices Online?
So far this year The Belgian Researchers have lost 2 good friends in
Belgium: - Jean-Jacques Hallaux, in January 2009, founder of Netradyle,
who made so much information available to researchers online and whose
kindness and generosity with his time was well known.
- Willem Bevernage, who passed away just days ago, at the age of 71. He
too made abundant records available online with great deal of kindness
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Treasure Trove for Grand-Leez researchers Our member Rick F
was looking for family in Grand-Leez, Belgium. Several families from
Grand-Leez ended up in Wisconsin between 1855 -1856, but the people he
was looking for left in 1871. He had found a connection in Belgium and
their family names compared well but they could not find a common link
to tie their family trees together.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Last minute addition and it's not an April's Fool Just received news
that a third project is also available: Belgie, Mechelen - Overlijden
I was amazed to see this was more than just an announcement. The
projects are already available for download to the software used to
index these batches.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
FamilySearch indexing Projects I received news today that might liven
things up for the Belgian indexing project started by FamilySearch
indexing a couple of years ago.
Jean Huysmans is the Belgian project manager. Every month he sends the
indexers a report on the project's progress. Up to now, the project has
only released images of towns in Flanders and, even though there is work
for both Dutch and French speakers, that has hindered a more active
participation from many who might otherwise have added their efforts to
the current indexers'.
The wonderful news came this morning that 2 test-case projects are about
to be added: one for Belgie, Kalmhout - Overlijdens Registers
1851-1900 and one for Belgique, Charleroi - Deces 1851-1900
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Trying something new... Over the past few years, I have subscribed to
a growing number of forums and mailing lists in an effort to uncover new
resources for my friends at The Belgian Researchers.
One such email arrived today that I would like to share with you... it's
in French but it's easy to understand.
I credit Bernard Counen, member of the Liege yahoogroup who
alerted the group to a site about Wallonia's clock towers and chapels.