Belgium, Census and Population Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Census and Population Registers
Collection years: 1472-1912
Languages: Dutch, French
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België Nationaal Archief


What is in this Collection?

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.

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These records may contain the following information:

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

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Belgium, Census and Population Registers, 1472-1912.

To search by image:

⇒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 each image or record 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 or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, one or the other collection may be more helpful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

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:

"Belgium Census and Population Registers, 1472-1912." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. België Nationaal Archief, Brussels (Belgium National Archives, Brussels).

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the 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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