Welkom! Thank you for visiting our new GSFA website. As the largest collection of Flemish genealogical outside of Belgium, the GSFA helps people trace their Flemish and Belgian heritage; publishes a newsletter and magazine of pictures, stories, queries, and genealogy information; and has a large library of genealogy and Belgian heritage material at the American House in Roseville, Michigan, USA.


Please consider donating to the GSFA. You can do so in a number of simple and convenient ways:

1) Make a cash donation on our Membership page.
2) Renew or become a member on our Membership page.
3) Volunteer a few hours a month (call us or drop-in for details).
4) Purchase items from our Online Store.
5) Our EASIEST way to support us is to Shop at Amazon.com and help GSFA at the same time at no cost to you! 

We are now registered with Amazon Smile! At checkout, the Amazon Smile Foundation donates a portion of your purchase to a charity you have selected. Click the link below to sign up. Select the Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans. Once registered, bookmark the smile.amazon.com link on your browser. Use that link everytime you shop and we get a small donation! You will always see the "Amazon Smile" logo.

Click here to get started with Amazon Smile!

The Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to our organization are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 



Recent Events


MAR09  Belgian American Museum Grand Opening and Dedication

On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Grand Opening of The Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans' new Belgian American Museum. Among the guests were Suzanne Pixley, Mayor of Eastpointe; Jan Haggerty Mayor Pro Tem for Roseville; Pam Lavers, Macomb County Deputy County Executive; John Chirkun, State Representative; Heather Bain, Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce; and L Moms, Meagan Ruth, and Teresa West from First State Bank.


At the ribbon cutting, the board members dedicated the museum to Cheryl A Heckla for all her hard work putting the new Belgian American Museum together.


FEB18  Museum open house for Friends and Family
Showcasing the expansion the of the Museum and Library

Tour


JAN18  Meeting and Tour with Chamber of Commerce






 Check out our new - New Fun Things To do Section


Research Center & Museum
https://goo.gl/photos/FzJ2AkXHrcMEFHvUA


Our Mission - To share and promote with pride the preservation of our heritage and to help educate persons interested and learning about genealogy by providing resources and assistance.

GSFA is proud to be the largest library of Flemish genealogy records outside of Belgium. Please come by and take a look around or ask questions. We also have a museum of interesting traditional cultural pieces, as well as books, shirts, and many other items for sale.

Materials In Our 
Reference Library

Family Histories - some forty plus volumes ranging from professionally published books to compilations in various types of bindings by members of their charts, pictures, and narrations. Some are indexed.

Histories of Belgian Towns - mostly written in Flemish, primarily West Flanders towns but we are constantly adding more East Flanders information in all areas.

https://goo.gl/photos/6BGpHTDhCJQZsPjF7

VVF- Vlaamse Stam - We have many years of this publication by a large genealogical society based in Antwerp.

Exchange Publications - We exchange publications with about a dozen or more societies here in the US but also three in Canada and three in Belgium.

Microfilms of Newspapers
De Volkstem (Depere, WI)   1891-1919 
Gazette van Moline (IL)     1907-1940 
Gazette van Detroit (MI)   1916-1986 (Last 22 years not on microfilm)

Census Records For Many Towns in Belgium - and also records which correspond to our probate records.

Belgium Laces - Publication of Belgian Researchers now published in Oregon, originally in Holyoke Mass.

Over 13,000 funeral memorial cards for US , Canada, and Belgium.

Over 6000 copies of Bereavement letters from Belgium mostly from W. Flanders area. Excellent source of family information.


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rswgMmguj28ZD-u5Dkf4gtqzFYgdQD4c6P3WAppim5fRKRvINKf6XSRzIqbP6GUau5eny4u0-fJ_D1D80pSfvFva0_7EgYZjw2qZzaprkkmaPMvVZT57CxyRB_-4Ux93a4D5HdtbbXimXetMW1CyiFJHpBSyd8x0lb6S2t4fE60wLRcmGGQHuK1ts0jt65ftFPFH7RGlEe6tnzVu_1qjgYm0XbMSYqvVNIJgp085raxOufHxJtq2zozrKjm8uOaHf29mva_a_mmVjDbk2J6iaWETKBC0RaNs1Hvr5eLeANczJcXg2wWdtU_PMK-5f3RFNocnHxgWcdtUgwsmdP84qSB1aj0Tgt-ctdFsV3qgXHB0zcY8iCd1GdTrWJM3QCr7k6eukHpDMKZ41-_FuPY_ZcB9qyClhNNPQ4bjhnrCxyTZjjUu76fwtiRxq62H42KUjQTg43TjC1yyFpGb6ol2Cf3gkD7-OJ_0lWVY8Li3TbjbzOB8S6aURD6An-Nlkajx1Ipndm3VCA_YbX-yt9iTJpFn0BzFqXN5itncDd-xGgeYqB-B2hl-D0oP3XD39MFGFMY2tgqe7O3pMzrO95C0BVFgMrfDzng=w90-h71-no


Member of: Familiekunde Vlaanderen, Antwerp, Belgium #IV 603 
Belgian Researchers, LaGrande, OR 



Start Looking





We have a large collection of authentic recipes at the library. We currently have recipes posted for tasty homemade raisin bread and a delicious Carbonnade (Beef and Beer Stew!). Click here and get them now before we post new ones!





Flemish American 
Heritage Magazine

Published in March, July, and November by GFSA. Each member receives a subscription to the magazine, including a yearly index, along with a newsletter column.  

FAH contains a mixture of articles, some of the genealogical interest, some cultural. The newsletter is a more informal publication with miscellaneous announcements, news of members etc. It's published three times yearly in March, July, and November. Some of the older articles will be posted on the old website to give you a sampling.






Become A Member of GFSA Or Make A Donation To Help Maintain The Library and Its Various Services.
  • Members receive American Heritage Magazine
  • Discounted research rates
  • One query per issue in the America Heritage Magazine
  • Access to Library resources
Click the "Membership" tab above to learn more!


Say  Hello To Our Friends!

The Gazette van Detroit

Published
in Roseville, MI since 1914, among many other things, the Gazette van Detroit provides news from various Belgian social and cultural organizations across the USA, as well as organizations in Belgium that are interested in the historical link between the two countries (Cited from the Gazette van Detroit Mission Statement).

To learn more about this organization and how to subscribe, click here to visit their website.

Flanders House

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.






https://goo.gl/photos/kYuaE1h8FZgYKrdC9

We are now selling items of interest to our Members and visitors. Click the "Online Store" tab above - more items will be added soon.