Minimum level of service provided from Friday 13 March 15.00 until Friday 17 April 2020 in connection with the spreading of the Corona virus. The State Archives will remain accessible by telephone and e-mail.
Which archives do you want online? Fill in the ArchPoll!
Now that the digital transition is gaining momentum, the State Archives is also shifting up a gear when it comes to bringing archives online. We want to make already scanned archives, which are currently only available in our reading rooms, available online in phases. What's more, ArchPoll allows you to help determine which files are eligible for this. Would you like to consult your favourite archives three clicks away soon? Let your voice be heard!
UPDATE January 2020: Belgian 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