Belgium Emigration and Immigration
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The FamilySearch moderator for Belgium is Daniel Jones.
Emigration records (Emigratie registers, Registres des émigrés)
Research use: Very valuable for making proper connections to place of origin and residence in Belgium. Many researchers do not know their ancestor's place of origin.
Record type: Lists of emigrants and immigrants, and permissions for those moving within Belgium.
Time Period: 1500-present.
Content: Emigrants’ names, ages, occupations, birth dates and places, residences, destination; wife’s and childrens’ given names and ages or number of children; reasons for emigration; taxes paid; religion, military service, etc.
Location: Provincial and municipal archives.
Population coverage: 5-10%.
For an extensive article with many resources, click here.
Surname Distribution Maps
Sometimes it is possible to guess where an immigrant originated through surname distribution maps.
Emigration to Sweden
A large group of emigrants left Wallonia to work in promoting mining and industry in Sweden. For more, see: Vallons in Sweden.
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Belgium,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-1999.