Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans

Welkom! Thank you for visiting our GSFA website. As the largest collection of Flemish genealogical records 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.

NOTE: The Gazette van Detroit and it's parent, The Belgian Publishing Company, ceased publishing and operation on December 31, 2018. All content and holdings have been transferred to GSFA. Please contact the GSFA library with questions about the Gazette at 586-777-2720.

GSFA News and Site Updates:

February 8, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: Writing class: Who inspires you and why? Do you know this person? Are they living? Visit the FB event listing for details.

We are normally open every second and fourth Saturday of the month and private weekday visits can be scheduled by contacting the office at 586-777-2720. Happy Holidays!

Save The Newspaper Project:

HELP! Please lend your hands to help save thousands of pages and many decades of Flemish-American history. Do your part in helping make them available for researchers like yourselves by joining our "Save the Newspaper" team. We need additional pairs of hands for as little as a couple of hours a week. It may sound dramatic, but every hour saves a few months or more of history. A day in the library can sometimes preserve an entire year! The Gazette van Detroit published a Flemish language newspaper in Detroit for nearly 105 years and we are currently scanning and digitizing every page of every issue and creating searchable documents! It's a delicate operation, but a relatively simple process. It's a rare opportunity, rewarding and quite fascinating work. You do not need to know the language.

Please visit our Volunteer page and learn about the various opportunities we have or call, email or drop-in for details.

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On June 6, 2019, Cheryl Heckla was interviewed by ATV (Belgian TV) during her visit to the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. She is currently touring Belgium for several weeks. You can see the interview here --> https://atv.be/nieuws/hoog-bezoek-en-binnenkort-meer-toeristen-voor-red-star-line-museum-79837

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The GSFA's new Youtube Channel is now available!

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"Five Things All Family Historians Should Do Before They Die" by Curt B. Witcher, published in a recent "Genealogy Gems Newsletter". This is a timely and insightful article that discusses the necessity of getting our family stories recorded and the current available methods to do so.

Volunteers Needed:

We are always in need of volunteers of varying skill sets to assist with our many projects & events - visit our Volunteer page for a complete list of opportunities. We are in the midst of the two major projects listed below with which we require immediate and on-going assistance - please share these opportunities with others.:

Save The Newspaper Project:

HELP! Please lend your hands to help save thousands of pages and many decades of Flemish-American history. Do your part in helping make them available for researchers like yourselves by joining our "Save the Newspaper" team. We need additional pairs of hands for as little as a couple of hours a week. It may sound dramatic, but every hour saves a few months or more of history. A day in the library can sometimes preserve an entire year! The Gazette van Detroit published a Flemish language newspaper in Detroit for nearly 105 years and we are currently scanning and digitizing every page of every issue and creating searchable documents! It's a delicate operation, but a relatively simple process. It's a rare opportunity, rewarding and quite fascinating work. You do not need to know the language.

Please visit our Volunteer page and learn about the various opportunities we have or call, email or drop-in for details.

The Belgian American Museum Cataloging Project:

Our Belgian American Museum is packed full of interesting traditional cultural pieces, each of which need to be cataloged with photos and detailed descriptions. It is a fascinating, yet time-consuming project. Please consider helping us with this important work.


Upcoming Events Snapshot:


February 8, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: Writing class: Who inspires you and why? Do you know this person? Are they living? Visit the FB event listing for details.

March 14, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: Writing class: "Did your parents or grandparents tell you anything about their immigration? Memories of leaving home, the ship they sailed on, Ellis Island?" Don't be intimidated, but if you are, come and sit in to see how it is done. Visit the FB event listing for details - coming soon.

April 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: Writing class: "Do you know how your parents or grandparents met? Tell us about it." Don't be intimidated, but if you are, come and sit in to see how it is done. Visit the FB event listing for details - coming soon.

May 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: Writing class: "When was the last time you learned something new? Was it easier than you thought or was it a struggle?" Don't be intimidated, but if you are, come and sit in to see how it is done. Visit the FB event listing for details - coming soon.

June 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: Writing class: "Tell us about something special your husband, wife or friend did for you that you will never forget." Don't be intimidated, but if you are, come and sit in to see how it is done. Visit the FB event listing for details - coming soon.

The Leon Buyse Library Tour:

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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.

The GSFA is staffed by volunteers and is funded by donations and proceeds from memberships. Please consider becoming a member or making a donation today. There are several ways to help us with funding. Check out our Membership & Donations page for further information. Thanks!

GSFA is always looking for volunteers! Do you have a few extra hours a month during the day and/or an occasional Saturday to assist with several ongoing projects or help with special events? In many cases, your genealogy skill level doesn't matter! Please Visit our Volunteer page and learn about the various opportunities we have or call, email or drop-in for details.