Re: Hidden children in Belgium - Polyclinique Chant d'Oiseau Woluwé #general


Marcel Apsel
 

For somebody born in Brussels you have to know which borough he was born and there eventually you might find a birth certificate, if the birth was officially registered.  This is always the case when a child is born in a hospital, but might not be in some cases when a birth occurred at home without any official registration, especially during the war; but the latter was very exceptional and at the end the child will have to be registered anyway somewhere.  You have to know in which borough your father has been born; the city of Brussels is only one of the 19th boroughs of greater Brussels and if your father is born in another borough, but mentions that he is born in Brussels it won’t help.  It is the same as somebody will tell that he is born in New York; but is it Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island or Queens?

 

Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

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