Belgium Research Tips and Strategies

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The FamilySearch moderator for Belgium is Daniel Jones.

Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The Belgium Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Belgium. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.

Belgium Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Belgium Research Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Do not rush back in time. It takes time before you get used to the handwriting of older texts. If you go back too quickly, the documents will be difficult to read.
  • Not all documents are in the same language. The first names are often translated into the language of the text.
  • The civil registration was introduced during the French revolution, the earliest records used the calendar of the French republic, which is completely different from the Gregorian calendar.
  • Add sources. This takes a few seconds at first, but makes it easy to check later. Each record contains a lot of information, some of it might interest you in the future.