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Record Description

This collection contains images of census records and population registers. Not every municipality is included. Most records cover about 1830-1910. Records are arranged either chronologically, alphabetically, by neighborhood or village. Some volumes are indexed and some places contain separate index volumes.

Record Content

Census and Population registers may include the following information:

  • Name of head of household
  • Names of family members
  • Date of birth
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation

How to Use the Record

To search the collection by image, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the 'Province' category
⇒ Select the 'Municipality' category
⇒ Select the 'Record Type, Years and Volume' category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name. In addition, you may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name, as they may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Reading the Records

The records may be in recorded in Dutch or French. For help with the language see the following articles and tutorial:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Belgium items or FHL Keyword Belgium items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Collection Title." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Algemeen Rijksarchief, Belgium [National Archives of Belgium, Brussels].

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Belgium Census and Population Registers, 1472-1912.


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