Your Guide to Researching Your
Belgian Ancestors

This map is from The World Fact Book, where more information about Belgium can be found.

Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830 and has 3 relatively autonomous regions: Flanders in the north, where the language is Dutch ("Flemish"), Wallonia in the south, where the language is French, and the centrally located Brussels, which is officially bilingual. 75% of the population is Roman Catholic.


World Gen Web Project: Belgium (It's in Dutch. You might want to use Systran to translate the pages-- select Web Pages, cut and paste URL of page you want translated, then select Dutch to English )

The Belgium Roots Project -- scroll down to see the structure; also, you may be interested in the Belgium Roots Mailing List

Belgian Genealogy Sites (scroll down, past the general links)
contains helpful links from the website of the Genealogical Society of Flemish-Americans

Francetres Genealogy in Belgium (this is in site, but may addresses and links)

Belgium resources at the Family History Library -- don't forget, you must search in jurisdicational sub units too! To see what those might be, view related places.

Professional genealogists: Belgium


Books and written guides:

Baxter, A.In Search of Your European Roots (Belgium pp. 50-57)