You should also consider that:
The state archives >from Belgium (or Archives Generales du Royaume et
Archives de l'Etat dans les Provinces of Belgium), do have files that
were kept open as long as the alien stayed in Belgium, in whichever
city he or she stayed in. When the person naturalized, the file was
In Antwerp, when a person left the city, the file was closed till they
eventually came back, when it was reopened.
The archives J. Schwartz is talking about, are the city archives from
Antwerp. There are some municipalities, which are today part of
Antwerp but were not before. The most interesting municpalities which
had many Jews living in, are Bercehm and Borgerhout (apart from
Therefore you will have to look in a different archive when you want
to look for someone who lived in one of these municipalities. (These
municipalities are not really seperated >from Antwerp, so whenever
someone moved, s/he could move to Berchem or Borgerhout as easy as
they would move to another street within Antwerp.
All these archives are nowadays in the main archive >from Antwerp but
should be searched speratley as these files are kept in different
Also keep in mind that the index which was published by familysearch
only entails the files >from 1840 to 1930.
Many East-European that fled, left after the 30's (my grandfather left
Germany in 1933 together with many others).
All alien files in Antwerp (which are already open to the public) are
scanned and thus easier to look at it (or copy to your USB).
The files in Brussels are not scanned and you will thus have to
photograph each one of the files if you want to take copies with you.
The daily maximum is 25. The files which you can take a look at in
Brussels, are all originals and sometimes photographs are attached.
This means that you'll get a Gray colored copy, whereas in Antwerp the
photographs are between black and gray and not always of a good
To request copies by mail, could become very expensive in Brussels, in
Antwerp you can ask someone to copy the files. Because it takes much
less of a hassle to get copies, it will be easier to find a volunteer.
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SCENIZER, SCHEEN, SJENITZER, SCH(O)NITZER, STORK, TIMBERG, VAN STRATEN