Belgium, East Flanders Catholic Church Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Revision as of 11:08, 7 September 2011

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Title in the Language of the Records

This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying a translation of the title in Dutch, Flemish, or French here.

Collection Time Period

This collection of church records includes the years 1588-1799.

Record Description

This collection includes baptisms, marriages, deaths, and indexes of Roman Catholic parish registers from the province of Oost Vlaanderen (East Flanders). Some books contain all the record types listed above, while other books contain only one.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found on most baptism records include:

  • Date and place of event
  • Name of child
  • Age or birth date
  • Legitimacy
  • Names of parents
  • Residence place
  • Witnesses or godparents

The key genealogical facts found on most marriage records include:

  • Date and place of event
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Residences, marital statuses, and ages
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

The key genealogical facts found on most death/burial records include:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased person
  • Age or birth date
  • Residence place and sometimes the place of origin
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status
  • If married, the name of the spouse and sometimes the names of children
  • Sometimes names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in church records is usually reliable but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Record History

After the Spanish conquest of 1592 the Roman Catholicism was the majority religion in Flanders, Belgium. It wasn’t until 1781 when the re-establishment of religion freedom, by the Patent of Toleration, allowed other religions to be created. The record registers were kept at parish archive levels and a copy of the registers were sent later to be preserved at the corresponding diocesan archive.

Why the Record Was Created

Church records were created to record church sacraments, such as baptisms, marriages, and burials, associated with the life events of parishioners.

Record Reliability

The parish registers in Belgium are an excellent source for accurate information on names as well as dates and places of birth, marriages, and deaths. For records after 1795, it is also recommended to research the civil registration to verify and complement information.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

  • "Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 4 March 2011, entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 21 March 2011, entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.

Sources of Information for This Collection

Belgium. Various Catholic Church Parishes. Parish registers, 1588-1799. Belgium General Archive and National Archive in the Provinces (Algemeen Rijksarchief), Belgium.

Detailed instructions for adding source citations are also listed in the wiki article: How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.