This pages will focus on those parts of Germany that did belong at some time in history to a territory, with a capital in Belgium of todays. The topics will concentrate on those items, useful for genealogical research from abroad on Belgian emigrants and their ascendants.
- 1815: The Rheinprovinz was administrated by Prussia and member of the German Confederation from 1815 until 1871.
- 1815-1871:The Rheinprovinz was member of the German Confederation from 1815 until 1871. See the map of the German Confederation. The black line represents the initial limits in 1815.
- 1882: Map Rheinland province (Prussia) (FEEFHS - 194KB)
- 1919: Eupen, Malmedy and Moresnet:
- transferred to Belgium
- these 3 cantons where before 1815 part of the Département de l'Ourthe.
- 23 August 1946: Rheinland splitted in 3 parts: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland
Attached in 1795 to France as the "13 Départements réunis à la France"
- and divided between 3 German:
- Département du Roer (DEU, but with parts currently situated in the Netherlands)
- Département du Rhin et Moselle (DEU)
- Département de la Sarre (DEU)
- and other Belgian, Dutch and Luxemburgian departements:
- Département de la Meuse Inférieure (BEL+NLD, but with a little part currently situated in the Germany)
- Département de l'Ourthe (BEL, but with 5 cantons situated from 1815 on in Germany)
- Département des Forêts (LUX, but with large parts currently situated in Belgium and Germany)
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- Nordrhein-Westfalen (1990) (in german)
- Emigration to America
- The Schumacher family by Dick Shoemaker (lifeboatEd@aol.com) (full tex)
- The migration of a Mennonite family from Monschau to the USA in the 17th century
- A quotation:
- The early European followers of Menno Simons banded together to escape religious persecution, and established colonies at strategic points in Central Europe, where the government was tolerant, and they were or less welcome. Peter and George were of these Mennonite families, and it is possible that their roots go back to a small Mennonite colony at Monschau, in the Rhine Province of Germany, just south of Aachen and a few miles easy of the Belgian frontier. (French -`Montjoie; and `Aix'). At Monschau in the year 1597, is found a Henrich Schumacher and his wife and Arndts (Arnold) Henrich and his wife, Dedenborn, (Aptenstucke Staats Archiv Dusseldorf, Julichsberg, 254).