Belgium Genealogy

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The FamilySearch moderator for Belgium is Daniel Jones.

Guide to Belgium ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Country Information

Belgium is a country in Europe bordered by The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and France. The official languages are Dutch, French, and German.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Belgium Research

Links to articles on getting started with Belgium research.

Belgium Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Belgium research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Belgium

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article Belgium Finding Town of Origin to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

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Brussels (Bruxelles) capital region

Flanders region (five provinces) -- Dutch Speaking:

Wallonia Region (five provinces) -- French Speaking:

Note: As a result of the 1993 constitutional revision that furthered devolution into a federal state, there are now three levels of government (federal, regional, and linguistic community) with a complex division of responsibilities.

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Belgium," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 4 may 2016.

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