Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Antwerp, Antwerp Province, Belgium
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Record Description
Record Type: Police Immigration
Collection years: 1840-1930
Languages: Dutch, French
Title in the Language: België, Antwerpen, Politie Immigratie (Dutch/Flemish), Belgique, Anvers, police de l'immigration (French)
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België Staatsarchief, Beveren

What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records from 1840-1930. It consists of files kept by the Antwerp City Police on foreign nationals residing in the city. The files may contain documents from a later period. Family name, given name, birth date (or age), residence, nationality, and occupation are included.

For the index to these records, see the collection Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930. The indexes are handwritten on pre-printed forms.

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The following information may be found in these records:

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  • Year of immigration

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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 vital records in the country
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  • Consult the Belgium Record Finder to find other records
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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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"Belgique, Anvers, index de police de l'immigration, 1840-1930." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Stadsarchief Antwerpen, Belgie (Municipal Archives, Antwerp).
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"Belgique, Anvers, immigration recorde par la police de la ville, 1840-1930." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Stadsarchief Antwerpen (Antwerp City Archives), Belgium.
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