Please all take good care of when you plan to visit one of the States Archives offices as they just changed their Saturday opening policy :
From the 1st of February 2013, the States Archives of Arlon (Aarlen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk) will only be open the first Saturday of the month. Of course it’s still open from Tuesday to Friday as usual.
From the 1st of March, All other places, apart from the Royal Archives for which you always have to take an appointment and the « Dépôt Cuvelier 2 » for which you also had to have a booked appointment, will be :
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 4.30 pm and the first Saturday of the month from 9.00 am to 12.30pm and from 13.00 to 16.00 pm
If the first Saturday of the month is a holiday then the Archives will be opened on the next Saturday,same hours applying.
If a special event has to take place on THAT very first Saturday then special arrangement will be made.
(source : wwww.arch.be )
I guess all this is for financial reasons although I can figure some of you will be disappointed not being able to visit the Archives every Saturday. But remember it could also mean that digital records everyone’s eagerly waiting could come sooner than planned.
If you need records and can’t retrieve them because of the opening hours change, just e-mail me at : belgianroots @ gmail . com and I’ll see how I can help you !