Detroit Area Sources
The Belgian American Association - Founded in 1927, the Belgian-American Association has been an integral part of Detroit’s Belgian Community for 90+ years. The purpose of the Belgian-American Association is to encourage fellowship among its members, promote social and cultural activities within the membership and preserve the Belgian heritage.
Belgian Genealogy Sites
The Belgian Researchers (Belgian American Heritage Association) - Our organization was founded in 1976 and welcomes as members any person of Belgian descent interested in Genealogy, History, Biography or Heraldry, either amateur or professional.
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
Belgium Genealogy @ancestry.com - How to find your Roots in Belgium.
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.
Heruitgeverij (Historical Re-Editing). Dutch site.: Check their catalog for your relatives. They also publish Belgian history books.
Genealogie in het Hageland: Our working group for Genealogy in the Hageland and East-Brabant has almost all parish records between 1574 10 1900 of the parishes between Leuven, Aarschot, Diest en Tienen.
GenealogyLinks.net: Belgium Genealogy links.
Genealogie en geschiedenis van Sint-Amands website. Sint Amands is a town southwest of Antwerpen - in Dutch only
General Genealogy Sources
Ancestry.com: The largest On-Line Family History Resource
Family Search: Online search of the LDS (Mormon) archives. You can order a handy Dutch Genealogy word list.
Ancestral Findings: Ancestral Findings allows you to request one free genealogy search per day in your choice of a wide range of historical records, including birth, marriage, census, land, military, and state records.
Ellis Island:- The Statue Of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. You'll find authoritative information about Liberty and Ellis Island.
Geneanet: Geneanet is a community of more than 3 million members who share their genealogical information for free: more than 6 billion individuals in the family trees, some digitized archival records, some family pictures, some indexes, all available through a powerful search engine, and a blog.
National Archives: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.
Family Specific Genealogy Websites
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).
De Bootje Gazette: Bob DeBoo's family
Familienaam Rog(ghe)man(ns) [plays music when page loads] - the surname Rogman (other variations are Rogmans, Roggman, Roggmann) - in Dutch with some English.
Geographic and City Information
The Embassy Page - Locate embassies across the world.
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
Wayne County New York History: Historical research
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!!
Music & Art
Tintin Belgium's most famous cartoon character. Bigger than the Smurfs.
Belgium Ad-Valvas (Internet directory for Belgium) In Dutch or French only.
U.S. Embassy, Brussels (Information Services)
Miscellany - history, clubs, etc.
The Belgium Club of St. Boniface - Manitoba, Canada
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
World Wide Walloons have much info, including new Belgian town pictures.
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