Burgess rolls and house books (Burgerboeken, Huisboeken, Registres de bourgeoisie)
Research use: Sometimes a very useful linkage tool where several generations are listed; town of origin of an ancestor may be given.
Record type: Citizen lists and inhabitants of a given town or house; lists of persons entitled to the rights, privileges, and protection of a town or community.
Time Period: 1290- present.
Content: Names, ages, sometimes social and economic status of citizens, occupations, town of origin, dates when citizenship rights in a town were acquired, family relationships, sometimes two or more generations or genealogies are listed.
Location: Provincial, city and municipal archives.
Population coverage: 20%.
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Belgium,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-1999.