Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930  and Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration, 1840-1930.

Title in the Language of the Record

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Record Description

The indexes are handwritten on pre-printed forms.

For a list of file numbers and years currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Rjiksarchief te Antwerpen. Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index. Antwerp City Archive, Antwerp, Belgium.

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.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found on most of the police immigration index are:

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  • Name
  • Place of birth (for some years)
  • Place of origin (for some years)
  • File number

How to Use the Records

These indexes can be searched to find the original dossier or registration, which can include former residence, departure date from former residence, place and date of birth, date of registration in town of birth, occupation, nationality, new residence, place of death, date of death, changes of residence within the municipality, and notes. Year and place of origin in the indexes can give clues to further information about the birth of the individual and possibly parents.

How to Use the Index to Locate Original Records of Film

  1. After locating the indexed entry for an individual by searching the “Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930” collection, write down the “file number” that appears on the entry.
  2. View the list of microfilm on the FamilySearch Library Catalog page titled “Vreemdelingendossiers (Antwerpen), 1840-1930,” by clicking here.
  3. Scroll down to the “Film Notes” section, and on down beyond the first six film titles. These are films that contain indexes that you have already searched on-line.
  4. Ignore much of the film description information found on each line, and focus on the two numbers that follow "nr."
  5. Locate the line containing two such numbers that bracket the “file number” recorded in Step 1 above. Note: In some cases, “nr.” appears only once in a film description, and the two immediately-following numbers comprise the relevant “file number” range. In other cases, “nr.” appears twice in a film description, in which case each of the two numbers that follow “nr.”--although not adjacent to each other--comprise the “file number” range.
  6. The correct film number is found in the column to the right of the film description explained in Step 5 above. Use this number to order the film. 
  7. When you are viewing the film, scroll through the document to locate the “file number” recorded in Step 1 to see the desired dossier.

Related Websites

Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from the 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 do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1939," images, FamilySearch( : accessed June 14, 2012), nr. 23547-23935, 1867-1868 > Image 17 and 18 of 1058, Antoine Hubert Simons, immigration record dated 19 July 1867; citing Rjiksarchief te Antwerpen. Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index. Antwerp City Archive, Antwerp, Belgium.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.