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Record Description
Record Type: Police Immigration
Collection years: 1840-1930
Languages: Dutch, French
Title in the Language: België, Antwerpen, Politie Immigratie (Dutch/Flemish), Belgique, Anvers, police de l'immigration (French)
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België Staatsarchief, Beveren

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include records from 1840-1930. It consists of files kept by the Antwerp City Police on foreign nationals residing in the city. The files may contain documents from a later period. Family name, given name, birth date (or age), residence, nationality, and occupation are included.

For the index to these records, see the collection Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930. The indexes are handwritten on pre-printed forms.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

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  • Year of immigration

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Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930[edit | edit source]

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DGS Film Item Note Title
4331460 2234256 Index bk. MA-62521 A-Z 1840-1874 -- MA-62522 A-Z 1875-1885 -- MA-23449-450 t/m p. 339 A-Greaves 1886-1900 Vreemdelingendossiers (Antwerpen), 1840-1930
4331461 2234441 Index bk. MA-23450 v/a p. 339-MA-23454 Greaves-Z 1886-1900 -- MA-23455 A-Browaznik 1901-1915 t/m p. 269 Vreemdelingendossiers (Antwerpen), 1840-1930
4331462 2234442 Index bk. MA-23455 v/a p. 269-MA-23461 t/m p. 91 Browaznik-Pollinger 1901-1915 Vreemdelingendossiers (Antwerpen), 1840-1930
4331463 2234443 Index bk. MA-23461 v/a p. 91-MA-23464 Pollinger-Zywan 1901-1915 -- MA-74744-745 t/m p. 751 A-Dictus 1916-1930 Vreemdelingendossiers (Antwerpen), 1840-1930
4331464 2234923 Index bk. MA-74745 v/a p. 751-MA-74748 Dictus-Q 1916-1930 Vreemdelingendossiers (Antwerpen), 1840-1930
4331465 2234924 1-3 Index bk. MA-74749-MA-74751 R-Z 1916-1930" Vreemdelingendossiers (Antwerpen), 1840-1930
4331465, Item 4 2234924 4 Boek der vreemdelingen, bk. MA-58086, 1924-1927 Boek der vreemdelingen, 1924-1927

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