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== Getting started with Belgium research  ==
 
== Getting started with Belgium research  ==
  
Since 1830 Belgium was striving to gain its independence from the Netherlands in 1830. The London Convention of April 19 1839, also known as the Article XXIV of the Convention, marks the recognition of the Belgian independence.  
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Since the middle ages, Belgium has been dominated by powerful nations such as Spain, France, and the Netherlands.&nbsp; Although its social, political, and relgious identity has evolved over these many years it began to earnestly striving to gain its independence from the Netherlands in 1830. The London Convention of April 19 1839, also known as the Article XXIV of the Convention, marks the recognition of the Belgian independence.  
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Belgium was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.  
 
Belgium was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.  
  
The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy.
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The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy.  
  
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
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Brussels* (Bruxelles) capital region  
 
Brussels* (Bruxelles) capital region  
  
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Flanders* region (five provinces):  
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Flanders* region (five provinces) -- Dutch Speaking:  
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*Antwerpen (Antwerp) Province
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[http://de-wit.net/bronnen/antwerpen-gesneuvelden-1914-1918.htm WWI casualties (1914-1918)]
  
*Antwerpen (Antwerp) Province
 
 
*Limburg Province  
 
*Limburg Province  
 
*Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders) Province  
 
*Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders) Province  
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*West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) Province
 
*West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) Province
  
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Wallonia Region (five provinces):  
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Wallonia Region (five provinces) -- French Speaking:  
  
 
*Brabant Wallon (Walloon Brabant) Province  
 
*Brabant Wallon (Walloon Brabant) Province  
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== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
Useful websites:
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*[[Belgium Websites|Websites]]
  
*[http://www.familiekunde-vlaanderen.be/ Familiekunde Vlaanderen]
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*[[Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration &nbsp;(FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
*[http://www.familiekunde-vlaanderen.be/ forum-yahoo-groepen Forum Familiekunde Vlaanderen]
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/belgium/index.html Belgium Genealogy Links]
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*[http://belgium.rootsweb.com/ The Belgium-Roots Project]  
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/belgium/ Belgium Genealogy Forum]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~inbr/index.html The Belgium Researchers] This web-site includes WWI and WWII Belgian-American draft cards
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*[http://www.progenealogists.com/belgium/ Genealogy Research Belgium]
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*[http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/european/belgium/resources/be-genealogy.html Genealogy: Belgium]
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*[http://www.belgium-tourism.net Belgium Tourism]
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*[http://www3.dcs.hull.ac.uk/genealogy/royal/#Low Directory of Royal Genealogical Data]
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*(language dictionary, handwriting guide or tutorial, etc.)
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*(helpful tools and resources, gazetteers)
  
== Help Wanted  ==
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The following information comes from the periodical "Belgian Laces": Here is a web-site that will help you find villages or towns that may no longer exist on current Belgian maps: [http://www.notrebelgique.be/fr/index.php Notre Belgique] <br>Under "Coin Lecture" you will find 4 choices: <br>
  
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'''Le Saviez-vous''' gives you a story behind the creation of Belgium's National Anthem, "La Brabançonne"  
  
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'''Dictionnaires''' offers 3 choices:  
  
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*A 1802 Geographic Dictionary of all Departments in France (3 volumes in alphabetical order)
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*A Geographic dictionary of the 13 Departments in Belgium and East of the Rhein River (2 volumes)
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*A 1882 Belgian Geographic dictionary
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They are expecting to add more books in the future. Nine are currently underway.
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<br>'''Bibliotheque''' - under Construction - will offer
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*Dictionary of localities
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections&nbsp;are found at:'''
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*[[Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration &nbsp;(FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Belgium Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Belgium Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historica Recordsl)]]
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*[[Belgium Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Belgium Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Belgium Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records]])
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That you won't normally find the names of soldiers killed in action in the&nbsp; "Guldenboek der Vuurkaart" or "Livre d'Or des Cartes de Feu"?&nbsp; Read more at http://www.tenboome.webruimtehosting.net/guldenboek/Guldenboekprojecttotaal/goldenbook.htm  
 
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Contents

Getting started with Belgium research

Since the middle ages, Belgium has been dominated by powerful nations such as Spain, France, and the Netherlands.  Although its social, political, and relgious identity has evolved over these many years it began to earnestly striving to gain its independence from the Netherlands in 1830. The London Convention of April 19 1839, also known as the Article XXIV of the Convention, marks the recognition of the Belgian independence.

Belgium was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.

The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy.

Jurisdictions

Brussels* (Bruxelles) capital region


Flanders* region (five provinces) -- Dutch Speaking:

  • Antwerpen (Antwerp) Province

WWI casualties (1914-1918)

  • Limburg Province
  • Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders) Province
  • Vlaams-Brabant (Flemish Brabant) Province
  • West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) Province


Wallonia Region (five provinces) -- French Speaking:

  • Brabant Wallon (Walloon Brabant) Province
  • Hainaut Province
  • Liege Province
  • Luxembourg Province
  • Namur Province


Note: as a result of the 1993 constitutional revision that furthered devolution into a federal state, there are now three levels of government (federal, regional, and linguistic community) with a complex division of responsibilities.

Research Tools

  • (language dictionary, handwriting guide or tutorial, etc.)
  • (helpful tools and resources, gazetteers)

The following information comes from the periodical "Belgian Laces": Here is a web-site that will help you find villages or towns that may no longer exist on current Belgian maps: Notre Belgique
Under "Coin Lecture" you will find 4 choices:

Le Saviez-vous gives you a story behind the creation of Belgium's National Anthem, "La Brabançonne"

Vieux Metiers contains a short list of occupations (in French)

Dictionnaires offers 3 choices:

  • A 1802 Geographic Dictionary of all Departments in France (3 volumes in alphabetical order)
  • A Geographic dictionary of the 13 Departments in Belgium and East of the Rhein River (2 volumes)
  • A 1882 Belgian Geographic dictionary

They are expecting to add more books in the future. Nine are currently underway.


Bibliotheque - under Construction - will offer

  • Etymology
  • Toponymy
  • History of Belgium
  • Dictionary of localities

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Help Wanted

In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:


Wiki Volunteers Wanted

To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here:

Featured Content

(Your text or images here)

Did you know?

That you won't normally find the names of soldiers killed in action in the  "Guldenboek der Vuurkaart" or "Livre d'Or des Cartes de Feu"?  Read more at http://www.tenboome.webruimtehosting.net/guldenboek/Guldenboekprojecttotaal/goldenbook.htm

News
  • Hot off the Press!

more...

Topics
Useful Websites
  • (Your Bullets here)
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