Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912
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|Flag of the Kingdom of Belgium|
|Coat of arms Namur|
|Location of Namur, Belgium|
|Location of Belgium in Europe|
|Record Type:||Civil Registration|
|Title in the Language:||Belgique, Namur, registres d’état civil, 1800-1912|
|België Staatsarchief, Namur|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of civil records from the province of Namur for the years 1800-1912. The original records are held at the Belgian National Archives and additional images will be added to the online collection as they become available.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in French and Dutch. For help reading these records see the following:
- Belgium Languages
- France Languages
- French Handwriting or Netherlands Handwriting
- Dutch Genealogical Word List
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The information in these records usually include the following:
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
This collection contains primarily civil registration records of births, marriages, and deaths. A few other records are included, primarily marriage proclamations and marriage supplements, but they make up only a very small part of the collection. For information on the content of the records please see the wiki article Belgium, Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before beginning a search in these records, it is best to know the full name of the individual in question, as well as an approximate time range for the desired record. When entered into the search engine on the Collection Page, this information provides the quickest, most reliable path to finding the correct person. Of course, other information can be substituted as necessary.
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
- Select Lieu
- Select Type de enregistrement to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see below for assistance in citing this collection. Save or print a copy of the image if possible
- Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
- Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
- Check for variants of given names and surnames. Alternate versions of an individual's name could appear in different records for a variety of reasons: the individual could have gone by a nickname, middle name, or an abbreviation of their given name at any point; spelling or pronunciation might not have been standardized at the time of the record's creation; or there might simply have been a clerical error in recording the event. Note that some women reverted to their maiden name when their husband died, and therefore could be buried under their maiden name
- Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
- Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. Note that marriages usually took place where the bride resided
- Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Belgium.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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