Belgium, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Title in the Language of the Record ==
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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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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.
  
The images for the Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1910 have been temporarily removed from the FamilySearch website to assist with the development plans of the Belgian National Archives Website. The digitization of images by the State Archives of Belgium is ongoing; however some of the provincial registers are available for viewing online at the&nbsp;[http://arch.arch.be/ State Archives of Belgium]. &nbsp;  
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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;  
  
Many of the records in this collection can also be viewed on microfilm at a [https://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family History Center]. The film number is located on the index of the record.&nbsp; See [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche] for more information.<br>
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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.  
 
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== Record Description  ==
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This collection is index only and includes records from 1795 to 1910.  
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== Record Content and Use  ==
 
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For information on the content and use of these records please see the wiki article [[Belgium, General Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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A '''birth record''' may provide the following information:
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*Day and hour of birth
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*Name of parents
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*Occupation and age of parents
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*Names of witnesses to the birth
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*Birthplace of the child
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A '''marriage record''' may provide the following information:
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*Names of the couple
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*Their birthplace and place of residence
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*Birthdates and ages of the couple
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*Names and consent of parents
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*Occupations of the couple to be married
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*Place of residence and occupations of parents
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A '''death record''' may provide the following information:
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*Day and hour of death
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*Age or birth date of the deceased
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*Birthplace of the deceased
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*Name of the deceased person
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*Marital status of the deceased and former occupation (when applicable)
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*Name of the spouse (when applicable) and may give the date and place of that spouse’s death
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*Indicates if parents are deceased or gives their residence if they are still living. When they are deceased, it may give their burial location
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*Witnesses may be members of the family
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== Reading the Records  ==
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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]]
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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]]  
*[[Belgium Civil Registers]]  
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*[[Belgium Civil Registers]]
*[[Belgium, General Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Belgium, Brabant Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
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*[[Belgium Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Belgium Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm/7545 Collection of Birth,Death,Marriage,Divorce and Other Certificate procedures]
 
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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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Revision as of 14:31, 4 August 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article contains countrywide information about various collections. See the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections to learn more about each individual locality, and to access the records.

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

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Contributions to This Article

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