Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910
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|West Flanders, Belgium|
|Flag of the Kingdom of Belgium|
|Coat of arms of West Flanders|
|Location of West Flanders, Belgium|
|Location of Belgium in Europe|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Belgique, Flandre-Occidentale, registres d’état civil, 1582-1910|
|België Nationaal Archief|
What is in This Collection?
West Flanders (Dutch: West Vlaanderen, French: Flandre Occidentaale) is the most western province of the Flanders region. The collection consists of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths from the Belgian National Archives. The collection also includes marriage proclamations, marriage supplements, and some original indexes. Additional images will be added as they become available.
The events are recorded in Dutch, Flemish, or French and cover the years 1582 to 1910.
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What Do I Do Now?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
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- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Consult the Belgium Record Finder to find other records
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- While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
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- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
- Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Belgium.
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