Federal Kingdom Belgium
Outline related to Belgian Emigration
CountryBelgium is part of the Low Countries, or the Netherlands, which name has applied to the present Kingdoms of the Netherlands and Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. "Low" or "Nether" refers to the geographical position of this area, which is situated largely in the western extension of the great North European plain.
National Flag (1831-now)
- First Flag of Belgium (1830)
- Courtesy of FTOW - Click here for more info (E)
A phenomenon called Belgium
- The perception of a nine year old American. Born in Belgium, from American parents stationed here, she returned to the United States as a 18 months old baby. It is obvious that her interest and her love for Belgium have been nourished by her parents.
- Cyndi's List (E)
- Official Governement Site (EDF)
- This site is managed by the Federal Information Service by order of the Federal Government.
- "Belgian Federal Government on Line" is your guide to the information the Belgian federal State presents on the Internet, within the domain fgov.be.
- Nov 2002: the site www.fgov.be is replaced by the portal site www.belgium.be
the links present on this site and some text will be replaced gradually the next weeks
- Belgium: Overview (E)
- by F. Heylighen, VUB
- Info about Belgium (N)
- by VVF-G&C
- Key figures 2000 (Dutch) or Key figures 2000 (French)
- (PDF files)
- Statistics about Communication Media, etc .. (Dutch or French version)
- You can see how many phone and internet connections do now exist in Belgium.
- summary (E).
- Family Statistics (Dutch or French)
- A small (US) window on Belgium (www.belgium.com)
- WorldAtlas.com: Belgium
Sources for the 19th and 20th centuries
The modern parish registers and cemeteries
- Belgian Archives (E)
- by Pascal Janssens
- (THE reference for this topic)
- A list of archives, LDS centers, Genealogical societies, Local History societies, Libraries of special interest, etc ...
- Each time with the following information :
- addresses, phonenumbers
- e-mail addresses
- opening hours
- accessibility by public transport
- Contact the author Pascal Janssens (Pascal.Janssens@advalvas.be), if you have new information, updates, not listed on his site.
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Belgian Families, with emigrantsThe Emigrant roll call is a list of the surnames, researched by the members of our mail-list BELGIUM-ROOTS-L and focused on emigrants from Belgium to abroad. More specific references will be put on the pages of the immigration country (or regional subdivision) on this site. You can find those pages with our search engine on the search page.
Belgian Royal Family
- Genealogy of the Belgian Royal family.
- More relevant information on related royal families can be found on the following pages:
- Cyndi's List: Royalty and Nobility (E)
- A researcher for nobility familiy lines in the Low Countries is Frank Rijckaert (firstname.lastname@example.org - Dutch)
- Source: mail-list GEN-BNL-L@rootsweb.com (04 Jun 1999 18:34)
Belgian Families, residing in BelgiumThe residents roll call is a list of the surnames, researched by the members of our mail-list BELGIUM-ROOTS-L and focused on the ascendants in Belgium. More specific references will be put on the relevant Belgian regional pages of this site. You can find those pages with our search engine on the search page.
Genealogy pages of ListmembersOther Home Pages are listed on the provincial and districts pages
- BEL: Bero (F)
- BEL: Bosschaerts (E)
- BEL: Deloge (E)
- Belgian Refugees in England during WWI
- BEL: Orban (E)
- Etymology, history and origins of the surname in Belgium; the Orbans in the world.
- Quote from the site maintained by André Orban: "A large emigration due to religious persecution took place in the XIth and XIIth centuries (others say XVIth and XVIIth centuries); several of those emigrants, among them Orbans, took root in Hungary. Another emigration where Orbans were involved took place in the XIXth century: at that time the steel industry was booming around Liège, and local people traveled throughout the world, and most notably to Sweden and Hungary and to Pennsylvania in the USA, to create steel plants. During the same period and in the early XXth century, other Belgians emigrated to the USA, mainly to Wisconsin, because of food shortages. The latest emigration, in present time, sent Belgian Orbans all around the world, looking for business opportunities. "
- A must for the ORBAN researchers, but also for those interested in family history related to emigration.
- BEL: Van Moorhem (E)
- BEL: Velz (E)
- a genealogy of Eastern Belgium
Folklore and the study of daily life
Cartography, Maps, and Plans
Heraldry, Coats of Arms, and Seals
- Belgian Civic Arms (E)
- by Ralf Hartemink (1997)
- All federal, regional, provincial
- and some (44) municipal arms (the last mainly those starting with A and B).
- Flags of the 19th and 20th centuries: Belgium and his subdivisions
- by Mark Sensen (NL) (last update 10 March 1999)
- Map of border between France and the Spanish Netherlands (1659-1713)
- Four maps with the border changes of 1659, 1668, 1678 and 1713
- Gardiners's Aytlas: Austrian Netherlands 1792
- Map of Belgium around 1850
- with railways and also the old and new borderline around 1839 with the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.