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Emigration port Antwerp (Belgium)

Emigranten naar Amerika

Venesoen Files (1896-1914)


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In 1892 the Belgian government appointed Mr. Eugene VENESOEN as the head of the Emigration Service in Antwerp. In August 1896, Mr. Venesoen started his interviews of the Belgian emigrants (only those of the third class !!), on which he made monthly reports to the Ministry in Brussels. The first reports only mention the name, the occupation, and the destination of the emigrant. As from 1899, the interviews are extended. The last rapport's are dated May 1914. After this date Venesoen retired.

A typical record for the year 1901:

SS Southwark to New York 5 January 1901

5359 Edouard VERACHTERT, age 22, from Merksem, cooper. Travels to Norway,
Michigan, to his brother, Louis VERACHTERT, see nr. 3787. He takes 250
Belgian francs with him. Speaks Flemish.

Source: Emigranten naar Amerika, VVF, 1992, p. 273

So far, most of the records from 1901 through 1908 have been published:

Emigranten I (1901 - Jul 1902)
D. KENNIVE, M. SCHILDERS, Jan VANDERHAEGHE: Emigranten naar Amerika, 1992, Antwerpen, Werkgroep Emigratie, Vlaamse Vereniging voor Familiekunde, Afdeling Antwerpen v.z.w.
This publication contains various lists, including the Venesoen reports from 5 Jan 1901 through 26 Jul 1902, which account for approximately half of the book.
The list of surnames is on our web site.
Emigranten II (1903-1904)
Guy BAUWENS, Richard DERUYTER, J. PALMANS: Belgische Emigranten naar Amerika 1903-1904, 1996, Antwerpen: Werkgroep Emigratie, V.V.F. Afdeling Antwerpen.
Contains the Venesoen reports for the years 1903 and 1904.
The list of surnames is on our web site.
Emigranten III (1905)
Richard DERUYTER: Belgische Emigranten naar Amerika 1905, 1998 (s.l.)
Contains the Venesoen reports for the year 1905.
The list of surnames is not yet on our web site.
Emigranten IV (1906+)
Richard DERUYTER: Belgische Emigranten naar Amerika 1906, 1999 (s.l.)
Contains the Venesoen reports for the year 1906 and the period 26 Jul 1902 until end Dec 1902.
The list of surnames is not yet on our web site.
Content (in Dutch):
Emigrants 1906: 3993 persons
Emigrants before 1901, but found in the Venesoen files of 1901 until 1906
Emigrants 1902: 1293 pÍrsons (from 26 Jul until Dec) (addendum Venesoen I)
Emigrants 1904: 65 persons (addendum Venesoen II)
List of Belgians, naturalized American
List of ships depareted from Antwerp to New York in 1906
Index of Persons (2168 surnames)
Index of Belgian places
Emigranten V (1907-1908)
Richard DERUYTER: Belgische Emigranten naar Amerika 1907-1908, 2000 (s.l.)
Contains the Venesoen reports for the years 1907 and 1908. The reports are missing for:
- 1907: January and February
- 1908: January, August, September
The list of surnames is not yet on our web site.
Future
In a near future we will also see the publication of the lists for 1900-1901 and 1909-1914.
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Some subscribers to the BELGIUM-ROOTS mail list are in possession of those books and can do a lookup. Post a mail to our list with your question and one of them will answer on the same list (it can take some time due to vacation, ...).

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  • first name
  • FAMILY NAME,
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    • place of origin
    • (first) place of settlement
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