Discover our new genealogy website!
Good news for die-hard genealogists and all those who want to search for traces of their ancestors: the new genealogical website of the State Archives is online! The search engine contains over 38.6 million birth, baptismal, marriage, death and burial records as well as the decennial tables for the whole of Belgium. All sources can be consulted free of charge. We hope that this long-awaited launch fulfils all expectations!
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE CONSULTATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOURCES
In the context of the launch of the genealogical website, certain digitised parish registers or registers of civil status will be temporarily unavailable. We thank you for your understanding and apologize in advance for this inconvenience!
In addition, we would like to point out that six months after the launch of this new website, the current inventories in the search engine (ordered by province and municipality) will be taken offline. The digitised registers can then only be consulted via the new genealogical website. Concretely, this means that the current URLs will disappear. If you have made a link to these registers (in a family tree or on a website), this will have to be adapted after the launch of the website.
Our reading rooms
The Belgian State Archives have 20 repositories spread throughout the country. Every repository service is fitted with a public reading room enabling you to consult archival documents in written, printed or digital format.
Our reading rooms are open to all persons interested – students, researchers historians, genealogists, civil servants, architects, land surveyors, etc. …!
You will always find a State Archives nearby!
Attention: Book your place in the reading room you want to visit at least 2 working days in advance.
The reading room of the National Archives is accessible with or without booking. Bookings must be made exclusively using the online booking form.
- The reading room of CegeSoma is acessible upon appointment only via this online form.
- The reading rooms of all other State Archives repositories are only accessible upon appointment per e-mail, made at least 2 work days in advance and addressed to the repository in question. You can find the contact details of the State Archives repositories here.
Civil status registers and church registers online!
Over 36.4 million pages of genealogical sources (civil status registers and church registers) are now available on the website of the State Archives.
Millions of archive documents become available for free at home. 28,242 church registers (including tables) conserved at the different State Archives repositories and their additions by other archives institutions become available online.
The digitisation of the civil status registers has not yet been completed. The digital images will progressively be added to our website. Whenever ten-year tables are available they are also scanned.
The digitised documents can be viewed for free, but you need to register and get your login and password via our website.
Overview of civil status registers
Overview of church registers
Collection of cadastre maps and documents online
From now on, the search engine ‘Search archives’ also allows you to find some 23,423 digital images of ‘primitive cadastral maps’ and some 61,530 digital images of the ‘minutes of measurement’ setting the municipal boundaries. These scans originate from the Federal Public Service Finance and can be accessed via the following links:
Primitive cadastral maps
Minutes of measurement
Consultation is free but if you wish to access the actual images, you need to have a login and password, which you can obtain on the website.
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Search engine instruction clip online
The State Archives conserves over 315 kilometers of archives. Each year, at least 10 km are added after appraisal. So, how do you search this vast treasure of information? Use the search engine. Ths instruction clip shows you, after a brief presentation of the State Archives, practical hints about how to get the most out of our powerful search engines.
Click here to watch the instruction clip via YouTube