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[[Belgium Genealogy|Belgium]]
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| title=Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910  
 
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== Title in the Language of the Record  ==
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| LOC_01 =West Flanders
 
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Belgique, Flandre-Occidentale, registres d’état civil  
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== Record Description  ==
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| record_type =Civil Registration             
 
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| start_year = 1582
The collection consists of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths from the Belgian National Archives. The collection also includes marriage proclamations, marriage supplements, and some original indexes. Additional images will be added as they become available.  
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| end_year = 1910 
 
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| language = [[Belgium Language and Languages|Dutch]], [[France Language and Languages|French]]     
The events are recorded in Dutch, Flemish, or French and cover the years 1582 to 1910.  
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| title_language = Belgique, Flandre-Occidentale, registres d’état civil, 1582-1910 
 
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Belgium Genealogy]]           
== Citation for This Collection ==
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Belgium Civil Registration]]         
 
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Belgium Church Records]]     
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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| FS_URL_04 = [[Belgium History]]               
 
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Belgium Maps]]               
{{Collection citation| text =Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910. Images. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Rijksarchief te Flandre-Occidentale.}}
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/belgium/ Belgium Genealogy]             
 
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://en.geneanet.org/pays/research-genealogy-ancestry-Belgium-BEL Belgium Regional Genealogy]               
[[Belgium, West Flanders, 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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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.cyndislist.com/belgium/ Belgium Genealogy Resources List]               
 
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://arch.arch.be/index.php?l=en&m=practical-information&r=our-reading-rooms State Archives of Belgium]               
== Record Content and Use ==
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== What is in this Collection? ==                
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West Flanders (Dutch: West Vlaanderen, French: Flandre Occidentaale) is the most western province of the Flanders region. 
Image:Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration (13-0122) Birth Record DGS 4795164_22.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration (13-0122) Marriage Record DGS 4795164_40.jpg|Marriage Record
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The collection consists of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths from the Belgian National Archives. The collection also includes marriage proclamations, marriage supplements, and some original indexes. Additional images will be added as they become available.
Image:Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration (13-0122) Death Record DGS 4795164_24.jpg|Death Record
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The events are recorded in Dutch, Flemish, or French and cover the years 1582 to 1910.
 
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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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For information on the content and use of these records, please see the wiki article [[Belgium, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
 
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==== For Help Reading These Records  ====
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===Image Visibility===   
 
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed at the [[Family History Library]] or a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Center] near you.  
These records are in Dutch, Flemish and French so you will need to be able to understand these written languages. For help with reading the records, see the wiki articles:
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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.   
*[[Netherlands Language and Languages]]
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=== Sample Images ===             
*[[French Wordlist]]
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Click on images for a larger view.             
 
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You may also want to see the 3 FamilySearch Tutorials on [https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Netherlands%22 "Reading Dutch Written Records"]
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Image:Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration (13-0122) Birth Record DGS 4795164_22.jpg|Birth Record  
 
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Image:Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration (13-0122) Marriage Record DGS 4795164_40.jpg|Marriage Record  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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Image:Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration (13-0122) Death Record DGS 4795164_24.jpg|Death Record  
 
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Belgium, West Flanders, 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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'''Birth records''' may contain the following information:         
*[http://www.genver.be/be/indexvw.htm Genver - This website can help simplify getting to the correct location in this collection. (Website is in Dutch.) ]
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*Birth date and place of birth   
*[https://sites.google.com/site/belgiumancestry/ Belgium Ancestry]
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*Name of child   
 
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*If still-born, illegitimate, or twin   
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*Gender   
 
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*Names of parents, father's occupation and their residence   
*[[Belgium]]
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*Birth place of father   
*[[Belgium Civil Registers]]
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*Birth place of mother   
*[[Belgium, General Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Date and number of record 
*[[Belgium Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information:     
*[[Belgium, Brabant Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Date and Place of Event   
*[[Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Name of Bride and Groom   
*[[Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Residence, Marital Status, and Age   
*[[Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Names of Parents   
*[[Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Names of Witnesses   
*[[Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Death records''' may contain the following information: 
*[[Belgium Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Date and Place of Death   
*[[Belgium Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Name of Deceased Person   
*[[Belgium Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Age or Birth Date   
 
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*Residence Place and sometimes the Place of Origin   
=== Contributions to This Article ===
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*Cause of Death   
 
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*Marital Status   
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*If Married, the Name of the Spouse and sometimes the Names of Children   
 
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*Sometimes Names of Parents   
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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*Names of Witnesses 
 
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box:[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/2139860/waypoints Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910]
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==How Do I Search This Collection? ==           
 
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
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]].
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'''To search by image:'''   
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> 
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⇒Select the "Place" category<br> 
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⇒Select the “Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images
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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.   
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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.             
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===                
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*Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.                 
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Belgium_Vital_Records_Index vital records] in the country.                 
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*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.                 
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===I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?===                     
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, one or the other collection may be more helpful.                         
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*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.                 
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*Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.           
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*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.                 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.             
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*Search the indexes and records of [https://familysearch.org/locations/ local genealogical societies].      
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Belgium-West-Flanders-Civil-Registration-1582-1910-known-issues&lang=en 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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== Citing this Collection ==  
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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.
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation| text ="Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910." Database with Images. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. België Nationaal Archief, Brussels (Belgium National Archives, Brussels).}}
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== How You Can Contribute  ==     
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
West Flanders, Belgium
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1582-1910
Languages: Dutch, French
Title in the Languages: Belgique, Flandre-Occidentale, registres d’état civil, 1582-1910
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
België Nationaal Archief


What is in this Collection?

West Flanders (Dutch: West Vlaanderen, French: Flandre Occidentaale) is the most western province of the Flanders region.

The collection consists of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths from the Belgian National Archives. The collection also includes marriage proclamations, marriage supplements, and some original indexes. Additional images will be added as they become available.

The events are recorded in Dutch, Flemish, or French and cover the years 1582 to 1910.

For information on the content and use of these records, please see the wiki article Belgium, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed at the Family History Library or a Family History Center near you.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

Sample Images

Click on images for a larger view.

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Birth date and place of birth
  • Name of child
  • If still-born, illegitimate, or twin
  • Gender
  • Names of parents, father's occupation and their residence
  • Birth place of father
  • Birth place of mother
  • Date and number of record

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and Place of Event
  • Name of Bride and Groom
  • Residence, Marital Status, and Age
  • Names of Parents
  • Names of Witnesses

Death records may contain the following information:

  • 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 Do I Search This Collection?

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910.

To search by image:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Place" category
⇒Select the “Record Type and Years" 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, What Now?

  • 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, What Now?

  • 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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.

Citing 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, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. België Nationaal Archief, Brussels (Belgium National Archives, Brussels).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Belgium, West Flanders, C...l Registration, 1582-1910.

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, West Flanders, C...l Registration, 1582-1910.

How You Can Contribute

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