Belgium, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1576392 |title=Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1910|location=Belgium}}<br>
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{{Parent Article}}  
  
== Title in the Language of the Records ==
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== General Information About Belgium Civil Registration ==
  
'''Les Registres d'Etat Civil de Belgique'''
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The events are recorded either in Dutch, French or German totally by hand or in partially pre-printed books where the information is then entered by hand. If a child was not registered when they were born, their name will not appear in the death record, but their gender will be recorded.
 
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== Record Description  ==
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The events are recorded either in Dutch, French or German totally by hand or in partially pre-printed books where the information is then entered by hand. The name of a child not registered when born will not be given in the death record, but the gender of that child will be. The record also states if the child was stillborn, although sometimes this term was applied to children who died shortly after birth.  
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In 1795, Belgium was annexed by France. Napoleon Bonaparte instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Civil registration occurs on a town-by-town basis and is supplemented with decennial indexes to the registers, which generally begin by 1802. Many of the earliest records from this time follow the French Revolutionary calendar, established in France in October 1793 and abolished by Napoleon on January 1, 1806.  
 
In 1795, Belgium was annexed by France. Napoleon Bonaparte instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Civil registration occurs on a town-by-town basis and is supplemented with decennial indexes to the registers, which generally begin by 1802. Many of the earliest records from this time follow the French Revolutionary calendar, established in France in October 1793 and abolished by Napoleon on January 1, 1806.  
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Civil registration was instituted to record births, marriages, and deaths because not everyone was baptized, married, or buried in a church. It provided for a more complete registration of vital events for the whole population.&nbsp;  
 
Civil registration was instituted to record births, marriages, and deaths because not everyone was baptized, married, or buried in a church. It provided for a more complete registration of vital events for the whole population.&nbsp;  
  
Civil records are the primary source for research after 1796. They are recorded by either the mayor himself or a government clerk within 3 days of the event. They are generally correct as far as the information goes, as the events were registered by eyewitnesses of the event. Barring spelling errors or faulty memory, civil records are as accurate as possible.&nbsp;
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Civil records are the primary source for research after 1796. They are recorded by either the mayor himself or a government clerk within 3 days of the event. They are generally correct as far as the information goes, as the events were registered by eyewitnesses of the event. Barring spelling errors or faulty memory, civil records are as accurate as possible.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== Record Content and Use ==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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<gallery caption="Belgium, Brabant National Civil Registration Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
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Image:Belgium Brabant National Civil Registration Birth.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Belgium Brabant National Civil Registration Marriage.jpg|Marriage Record
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Image:Belgium Civil Death Registration (Dutch).jpg|Death Record (Dutch)
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Image:Belgium Civil Death Registration (French).jpg|Death Record (French)
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</gallery>
  
{{Collection citation
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A '''birth record''' may provide the following information:  
|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Rijksarchief te Beveren,Belgium. Belgium, Civil Registration. National Archives of Belgium, Brussels.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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[[Belgium Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records) #Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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'''A birth record may provide the following information:'''
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[[Image:Belgium Brabant National Civil Registration Birth.jpg|thumb|right|Belgium Brabant National Civil Registration Birth.jpg]]
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*Day and hour of birth  
 
*Day and hour of birth  
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*Birthplace of the child
 
*Birthplace of the child
  
'''A marriage record may provide the following information:'''
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A '''marriage record''' may provide the following information:  
 
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[[Image:Belgium Brabant National Civil Registration Marriage.jpg|thumb|right|Belgium Brabant National Civil Registration Marriage.jpg]]
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*Names of the couple  
 
*Names of the couple  
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*Place of residence and occupations of parents
 
*Place of residence and occupations of parents
  
'''A death record may provide the following information:'''
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A '''death record''' may provide the following information:  
 
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[[Image:Belgium Civil Death Registration (Dutch).jpg|thumb|right|Belgium Civil Death Registration (Dutch).jpg]]
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[[Image:Belgium Civil Death Registration (French).jpg|thumb|right|Belgium Civil Death Registration (French).jpg]]
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*Day and hour of death  
 
*Day and hour of death  
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*Witnesses may be members of the family
 
*Witnesses may be members of the family
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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== Reading the Records  ==
  
Use civil records, depending on the record, to find the birth, marriage or death date of a person, and also where he was born, his age, name of spouse (if applicable) and name of parents. The records contain even more information than those found in church records. The details presented go far beyond the typical information about the event taking place.
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The records may be in recorded in Dutch, Flemish or French. For help with the language see the following articles and tutorial:
  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Netherlands%22 Learning Center Search Skills]
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*[[Netherlands Language and Languages]]
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*[[Dutch Genealogical Word List]]
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*[[French Wordlist]]
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*[[French Handwriting]]
  
== Known Issues in This Collection  ==
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Keep in mind:
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Belgium Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.freesurnamesearch.com/search/belgium.html Belgium National Civil Registration]  
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*[http://www.freesurnamesearch.com/search/belgium.html Belgium National Civil Registration]  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Belgium|Belgium]]  
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*[[Belgium]]  
*[[Belgium Civil Registers|Belgium Civil Registers]]
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*[[Belgium Civil Registers]] 
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== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ==
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*[[Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Brabant Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Contributor invite}}  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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[[Category:Belgium|Vital Records]]
 
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When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1910," index, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX62-9D9&nbsp;: accessed 8 May 2012), entry for Maria Theresia Lowette, died 3 September 1886; citing Belgium, Civil Registration, 1779-1975, FHL microfilm 1,979,956: Rijksarchienven, Belgium.
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[[Category:Belgium|National]]
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Revision as of 14:31, 4 August 2014

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Contents

General Information About Belgium Civil Registration

The events are recorded either in Dutch, French or German totally by hand or in partially pre-printed books where the information is then entered by hand. If a child was not registered when they were born, their name will not appear in the death record, but their gender will be recorded.

In 1795, Belgium was annexed by France. Napoleon Bonaparte instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Civil registration occurs on a town-by-town basis and is supplemented with decennial indexes to the registers, which generally begin by 1802. Many of the earliest records from this time follow the French Revolutionary calendar, established in France in October 1793 and abolished by Napoleon on January 1, 1806.

Civil registration was instituted to record births, marriages, and deaths because not everyone was baptized, married, or buried in a church. It provided for a more complete registration of vital events for the whole population. 

Civil records are the primary source for research after 1796. They are recorded by either the mayor himself or a government clerk within 3 days of the event. They are generally correct as far as the information goes, as the events were registered by eyewitnesses of the event. Barring spelling errors or faulty memory, civil records are as accurate as possible.

Record Content and Use

A birth record may provide the following information:

  • Day and hour of birth
  • Name of parents
  • Occupation and age of parents
  • Names of witnesses to the birth
  • Birthplace of the child

A marriage record may provide the following information:

  • Names of the couple
  • Their birthplace and place of residence
  • Birthdates and ages of the couple
  • Names and consent of parents
  • Occupations of the couple to be married
  • Place of residence and occupations of parents

A death record may provide the following information:

  • Day and hour of death
  • Age or birth date of the deceased
  • Birthplace of the deceased
  • Name of the deceased person
  • Marital status of the deceased and former occupation (when applicable)
  • Name of the spouse (when applicable) and may give the date and place of that spouse’s death
  • Indicates if parents are deceased or gives their residence if they are still living. When they are deceased, it may give their burial location
  • Witnesses may be members of the family

Reading the Records

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

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

FamilySearch Historical Record Collections

Contributions to This Article

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