Netherlands Open Archives Adds 10 Million Historical Personal References in Particular Certificates of the Civil Registry #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



Open Archives added 10 million historical personal references,  in particular, certificates of the Civil registry.


These are documents from the following Flemish and Walloon archive repositories:


  • State Archives Belgium - Brussels, including deeds from Luik (Liège), Brugge, Antwerpen, Namen (Namur), Mechelen, Kortrijk (Courtrai), Turnhout
  • State Archives Belgium - Bergen, including deeds from Bergen (Mons), Doornik (Tournai), Charleroi, Boussu, Henegouwen (Hainaut), Chappelle-lez-Herlaimont
  • State Archives Belgium - Gent, including deeds from onder andere Gent, Sint-Niklaas, Moerbeke-bij-Lokeren, Vlierzele, Sint-Lievens-Esse, Herzele
  • State Archives Belgium - Hasselt, including deeds from Lommel, Tongeren, Sint-Truiden, Opglabbeek, Oostham, Tongerlo


The information from the scans has been indexed by volunteers from Family Search which shared the information with Open Archives.

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Open Archives is available in English, German, French and Dutch.


The scans of deeds can be viewed via the FamilySearch website, via Open Archives you are there in one click. Much of the data is linked to the exact scan. A small part of the data is linked to a scanned register. In that case you need to browse "digitally" to find the correct Belgian deed.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee