Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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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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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What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records may contain the following information:

  • Surname and given name
  • Year of immigration
  • Place of immigration

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  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • 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.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

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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.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

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"Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration, 1840-1930." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. België Nationaal Archief, Antwerp (Belgium National Archives, Antwerp).
"Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930." Index. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Stadsarchief Antwerpen, Belgie (Municipal Archives, Antwerp).
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