Belgium Population and Military Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Population and Military
Collection years: 1890-1910
Languages: Dutch
Title in the Language: België Bevolking en Militaire Records
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Related Websites
Gemeentehuis Boutersem Archive

What is in This Collection?

This is a collection of population and military records collected from various local archives in Belgium. The records appear in French and Dutch. Images will appear online as they are captured.

Reading These Records

For help reading these Dutch records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Sample Images

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Census and population registers may contain the following information:

  • Name of head of household
  • Names of family members
  • Date of birth
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation

Military records may contain the following information:

  • Soldier's or mercenary's name
  • Ages
  • Birthplace
  • Rank
  • Date and place of muster
  • Religion
  • Language spoken

Military records

  • Birth registers and lists of males 17-21 years of age
  • Parents' names
  • Residence
  • Physical descriptions
  • Death date and place or country of death
  • Date and places of discharge
  • Handicaps

How Do I Search the Collection?

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

To search the collection by image:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Province"
⇒ Select the "Municipality"
⇒ Select the "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • First and last name of your ancestor
  • Other identifying information such as their birth date or age and residence

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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 civil registration 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, one or the other collection may be more helpful
  • 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
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Belgium.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Belgium Population and Military Records 1890-1910." Images. FamilySearch. : 2017. Gemeente Boutersem (Boutersem Municipality), Belgium.

Image Citation:
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