Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records/Known Issues

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Note[edit | edit source]

NOTE: To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final waypoint in Historical Records (56000) .

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. To view films, see Where do I find a family history center?.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Question 1[edit | edit source]

Question 1: Some records are missing. Where can they be viewed?
Answer 1: See answers below for information about known missing records and their respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:

  • Aarsele > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1796-1809 will not display the images. Until this problem is fixed, you will have to order Film 774913.
  • Anzegem > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1797-1803, the index jumps from letter J to letter V between images 81 and 82. The index is missing from Film 1071736 as well.
  • Anzegem > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1820-1828: the records stop in March 1827. Nearly 100 images were inadvertently omitted from this waypoint. The images are available on Film 1071739.
  • Blankenberge > Tienjarige tafels xxxx-xxxx are all located in the browse path for Blackenberge and in Bredene > Tienjarige tafels 1802-1822 > Images 37-71.
  • Film 1226176 is not online. The waypoints affected are annotated in the Film Notes: Tienjarige tafels 1823-1832 van Brugge, Klemkerke, Koolkerke, Koolkamp, Kortemark, Koekelare, Damme, Dudzele, Egem, Eernegem, Ettelgem, Gistel, Handzame, Heist, Houcke, Houtave, Jabbeke, Ichtegem, Knokke, Lapscheure.
  • Roeselare > Geboorten 1867-1870 and Geboorten 1847-1852 both contain the images for Film 1070512 Geboorten 1847-1852. The missing images for Geboorten 1867-1870 are available on Film 1070515.

Question 2[edit | edit source]

Question 2: The Event Type and Year Range (waypoint) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. Is there a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection?
Answer 2: The following list of known waypoint discrepancies describes the event type or year range that actually exist in this collection:

  • Aartrijke > Tienjarige tafels 1813-1823 year span should be 1813-1832.
  • Ardooie > Tienjarige tafels 1813-1823 year span should be 1813-1832.
  • Assebroek > Tienjarige tafels 1813-1823 year span should be 1813-1832.
  • Beernem > Tienjarige tafels 1813-1823 year span should be 1813-1832.
  • Bekegem > Tienjarige tafels 1813-1823 year span should be 1813-1832.
  • Blackenberg > Tienjarige tafels xxxx-xxxx : all the Tienjarige tafels waypoints are for Blankenberge.
  • Bredene > Tienjarige tafels 1802-1822 > Images 37-71 are for Blankenberge.
  • Bredene > Tienjarige tafels 1813-1823 year span should be 1813-1832.
  • Brugge > Tienjarige tafels 1813-1823 year span should be 1813-1832.
  • Eernegem > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1871, 1881-1900 contains records from Dudzele > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1881-1900 found on images 1-890. Images 891-951 are for > Eernegem > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1871.
  • Film 1226176: All the waypoints below should have a year span of 1823-1833
    Brugge > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Damme > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Dudzele > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Eernegem > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Egem > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Ettelgem > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Gistel > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Handzame > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Heist > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Hoeke > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Houtave > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Ichtegem > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Jabbeke > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Klemskerke > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Koekelare > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Koolkerke > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Koolskamp > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Kortemark > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Knokke > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    Lapscheure > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870
    In addition, Handzame > Tienjarige tafels 1793-1870 (which should be 1823-1833) > Images 44 - 53 of 53 are for Heist.
  • Houtem includes records for the municipality of Houtem in West Flanders and the populated place of Houtem in the municipality of Veurne in West Flanders. There are also records for Houthem (Tournai) in Hainaut Province. Until the records are subdivided, please be aware of the discrepancy.
  • Nieuwpoort > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1853-1870 are from Nieuwkapelle.
  • Nieuwkapelle > Huwelijken 1799-1800 Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1801-1804 are from Nieuwpoort.
  • Roeselare > Tienjarige tafels 1871-1890 belongs in the browse path Beveren-bij-Roeselare.
  • Zedelgem > Huwelijksbijlagen 1880-1884 > Images 500-519 of 934 are from Place: Coolkerke.

Question 3[edit | edit source]

Question 3: The browse paths for Beveren and Dadizele containedrecords that were previously available. Where can I view these records now?
Answer 3: Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available to all users. FamilySearch has limited rights, granted by the record custodians, to publish images for viewing online for this collection. FamilySearch respects and strives to adhere to all laws respective to preserving and providing access to genealogical records in its collections. The following table provides the affected waypoints and restricted films:

Plaats Browse Point Film
Dadizele Bevolkingsregisters bk. 1-2 1822 bk. 1-2 1857-1867 Register 1867-1880
Beveren Register bk. 1-2 1857-1866
Beveren Reister bk. 1-3 1867-1880
Beveren Index 1860-1870
Beveren Index 1881-1890
Beveren Register bk. 1-2 1881-1890
Beveren Register 1891-1900

Question 4[edit | edit source]

Question 4: I see records for Mouscron in this collection. Isn't Mouscron in Hainaut Province, not West Flanders?
Answer 4: In 1963, Mouscron or Moeskroen was transferred from West Flanders province to Hainaut province as part of the language alignment of Belgium. Mouscron is the French spelling. At the time the records were created, Moeskroen (as it was then spelled) was in West Flanders.

If additional problems are encountered with the collection, you can report them at

  • If browsing the collection: please include the full browse path you used to get to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the image viewer window.
    For example: Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910 > Aalbeke > Geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden 1796-1805 > Image 7 of 459.
  • For technical issues: please include operating system and browser version.

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