General Genealogy Sites

Ancestry.com is the largest On-Line Family History Resource

Family Search The long-awaited on-line search of the LDS (Mormon) archives. You can order a handy Dutch Genealogy word list; but the best deal is their free genealogy software, Personal Ancestral File.

Ancestral Findings  Will do 1 search per day for free.

Ellis Island- a website which was founded by The Statue Of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. under the leadership of Lee Iacocca. 

Social Security Death Index is free. It might not included every american who has a social security number, who had passed away.

Geneanet has a free research database index with 12 million entries. You can do the search by country.

A handy Birthdate calculator when all you have are death date and the exact age in years, months and days. Often you find this information on tombstones.

Genealogy Freebies. Free charts, free forms, free softwares, free lessons, free cliparts, etc.
  at Searchforancestors.com
  at Censusdiggins.com
  at 1stopfreeshop.com
  at Genealogysearch.org
  at genealogypages.org

National Archives

Canadian Database


Belgian Genealogy Sites

Belgium Genealogy - How to find your Roots in Belgium.

ALSO on Georges' site: how to get on the Belgium Roots mailing list. This generates a lot of mail, but it is both interesting and helpful to the researcher. Don't worry, it's easy to get off it, so try it for a while.  To subscribe, send an e-mail message saying only "subscribe" in the subject, to BELGIUM-ROOTS-D@rootsweb.com. The "D" is for Digest; that way 20 messages or so come in one mailing rather than separately. If you don't mind a couple hundred messages a week (don't feel bad about deleting them if the subject line looks boring), get them individually by subscribing to BELGIUM-ROOTS-L@rootsweb.com.

Flanders House is a great site dedicated to a better understanding of the region of Flanders, including its culture, history, government, research, education, and innovation.

The Ontario County Historical Society preserves and promotes the history of the county in the broader context from its origins to the present to help people gain perspective from the past and find purpose for the future

Database Akten West-Vlaanderen: In Dutch - There is two parts: 'Burgerlijke Stand' is government while 'Parochieregisters' is church. Each part is divided into Birth/Baptism (Geboorten/Dopen), Marriage (Huwelijken) and Death (Begrafenissen/Overlidjens). When you choose the subgroup, click on the last one of the three ovals at the bottom (Zoekscherm). All the records are in West Flanders.

Death Cards  Helena Goertzen has Doodsbreven on-line. Not a lot (compared to the thousands in the GSFA library) but worth a look. Send yours in. Also at this site.

Heruitgeverij (Historical Re-Editing) Check their catalog for your relatives. They also publish Belgian history books

Laukens family genealogy - mostly in Dutch but they will help you with the translation. Almost every Laukens in Belgium can trace their roots to the village Achel (near Dutch border).

If you are doing your genealogy in East Brabant area, Genealogie in het Hageland is working hard to put datas online. This is in English and Dutch.

GenealogyLinks.net has a good page on Belgium Genealogy links.

Genealogie en geschiedenis van Sint-Amands website. Sint Amands is a town southwest of Antwerpen - in Dutch only


Belgian Info


Translators


Google Translate Instant translation from Dutch to English

Learn Dutch....this site builds your vocabulary, gives you the feeling of the language, and has sound files so you can hear the pronunciation. Do it before they start charging for it!!

Flemish First Names - See which Flemish name(s) corresponds to any Latin name you might find in the records. If you can't use the above link - try this link and click on Europe>Names>Flemish First Names.

Music & Art

Tintin  Belgium's most famous cartoon character. Bigger than the Smurfs.

Directories

Belgium Ad-Valvas  (Internet directory for Belgium) In Dutch or French only.

U.S. Embassy, Brussels (Information Services)

Belgian Phone book


Geographic and City Information

Map of Belgium at the U. of  Texas

The Embassy Page

Tielt Town Hall

Other city sites:


Try Belgian cities in this format - www.city.be - you replace the word city with a Belgian city of your choice to check if they have a website in that city. If you do find a link to a town that is not listed in here, please send me an email.

Aalst City info, plus some genealogy
Antwerp (In English)
Beveren
Brugge
Harelbeke
Hasselt
Izegem in West Flanders
Koksijde - click on 'English' for English version.
Kortrijk
Leuven
Mechelen - in Dutch
Namur
Oostende (In English)
Poperinge  a town in West Flanders - Click on EN for English version.
Tielt
Tongeren
Sint Gillis Waas
Waregem - in Dutch
Wervik
Westhoek
Wevelgem
Zwevegem
Zwijndrecht

Miscellany - history, clubs, etc.


The Belgium Club of St. Boniface - Manitoba, Canada

Rural Belgium in the 19th century

Volk in Nood A Flemish charity, mostly in Dutch with some English pages and more coming. We've challenged them to educate more Americans about Flemish history, roots and politics. They have a great Links page if you're in the mood for surfing Belgium. A freebie: a currency translator, including Euros. Download dll.zip, euroe.exe and ocx.zip, about 600K.

Why do the Flemish celebrate on  July 11? It all started in 1302

CIA FactBook on Belgium

Belgian State Archives

World Wide Walloons has much info, including new Belgian town pictures.

Family Genealogy Web sites


Faas, Kroes; from Biervliet, Zeeland, Wayne County, NY.

De Bootje Gazette:  Bob DeBoo's family

Eric Beeman in Ann Arbor, Mich.:  Vandenbossche, Michaux, Beeckman, Decoster

De Familienaam Rog(ghe)man(ns) - the surname Rogman (other variations are Rogmans, Roggman, Roggmann) - in Dutch with some English.



Non-Genealogy but Still Interesting


Belgian Recipes and traditions

Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY makes beer the Belgian way, and has interesting info at their site about why Belgian beer is different from American beer. LOTS different!  Plus lots of Belgian stuff to buy, like Tintin posters and Duvel Beer t shirts. The dark Abbey-style is really good

The Belgian Shop: still more beer