Family Discovery Day At Roots Tech!

Is in full effets! Families all together , parents and children, grandparents even, all together to search and learn about their roots! It’s so great to see!! Exhibitors offers balloons, badges, pins, you name it and kids are running on errands trying to win at games or have a try at finding great-great-great-great-grandad in the various databases! Such fun! This year is also special with a cake contest and the cakes are all wonderful!!

Steve Lockwood, Familysearch CEO, is so right when he says we’re a great big family!

I so wish Roots Tech could last a year long! 🙂

 

Marie

 

2016 FamilieKunde Vlaanderen Congress and Geneatica FH Show together!

It’s in the « Cité of the Maca »*, Wavre, hometown to the Belgian PM Charles Michel, that the 2016 congress of Familiekunde Vlaanderen will take place along with « Généatica », the family show traditionnally organised by Geniwal association.  Both events will take place on the 20/21st february 2016 so you can already book it in your agendas. It’s the first time that the two sistership associations will get together for a common event so this promises to be a great event! More news to come!

* The « Maca »‘ is that statue next to Wavre Town Hall. It’s said that whoever caressses his bottom see luck on his/her side!

Two months to wait

For Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2013 edition !

For those who aren’t acquainted with the biggest genealogical event of the year, this video should answer questions and also give you a taste of what’s to come next february. Needless to say, I’m already impatient to be there to meet and help people with european roots and Anglo-Belgians relatives. So if you have those connections or have hit a european brickwall,drop by and I’ll try to help you the best I can 🙂

You can find informations and book tickets on

http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com

Who Do You Think You Are?Live

Avis Important / Important Message

A l’approche des fêtes, les Archives de l’Etat adaptent leurs horaires : Notez donc avec attention que tous les dépôts fermeront à 15h le vendredi 21 décembre et seront fermé,contrairement à l’habitude, le samedi 22 décembre et ce jusqu’au 2 janvier inclus pour permettre au staff des archives de passer les fêtes en famille et de nous accueillir en pleine forme en janvier !

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To avoid any disappointment, please note that the different locations of National Archives of Belgium will be closed on saturday the 22d december until Wednesday 2d of January so don’t plan any research trip to Belgium if you need to visit the Archives this week end or during the holidays but save all your energy for 2013 !

The archives will also close on 3 PM on friday the 21st , an hour earlier than the usual closing time so that staff can take a rest with their families and help us in full effect in the new year !

Archives Annual Closure details

A source not to be forgotten !

When one thinks family history research, one always tend to straightforwardly think about BMD records and in a sense one is right to do so : birth (or baptisms), wedding or death records are sources of the first importance and ones the researcher will be the most confronted to. It will also often be the first contact between the researcher and its subject by the way of any family documents in his or her possession.

There’s another source that could be of great interest to the same researcher providing he or she organises the work research in a good way and that is newspaper. For instance, you can now browse through a  digital collection of 30 titles in the Belgian Royal Library, this should be online soon but for copyrights reasons, nobody really knows when.

The kind of information that can be found in newspapers is really vast : it goes from obituaries to cultural events via small ads and political articles. The quantity of it makes it compulsory to organise your search very well either by date, place or even names in case of an OCRised record.

To name just a few examples of how useful this tool can be : I could trace one of my relations, the husband of one of my paternal grandfather cousin, in the sports pages on a weekly basis because he worked in the world of horses and the races he attended were all mentioned in a newspaper. Of course,there will only be a small mention of his name and where he was at that time but it’s pieces of a puzzle that alltogether forms his career.

The same with my maternal great-grandfather. He was a musician in King Albert’s band and this band toured North America in 1929. I’ve found articles telling of their homecoming and of all social events that took place as consequences of the big adventure that this tour was ! And articles can of course be of big use if the ancestor you’re looking informations about has been involved in politics,science,academics etc.

Newspapers could not only tell you about special events in which your ancestors might have been involved in but also about the world as it went in the time of your ancestors : wars,politics all this will make the context in which your ancestor lived clearer and help you your research accordingly !

As a word of conclusion, let’s say that newspapers are a source too important not to be forgotten !

If  you want to know more about online, and soon-to-be online newspapers :

http//www.kbr.be

http://www.kranten.kb.nl

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

 

Newspapers are a goldmine source for who knows where and how to search

Un nouveau moteur de recherche pour les archives britanniques !

Aujourd’hui est lancé « Discovery » , le nouveau moteur de recherche des archives nationales britanniques (The National Archives)

Celui-ci permettra de commander et visualiser des milliers de documents en ligne et de remplacer à terme le moteur de recherche existant. Appréciable attention, les interruptions de service pour raisons techniques sont assez vite signalées ce qui permet à chacun d’organiser au mieux son travail !

Plus d’infos sur : Discovery 

Ascenseurs réparés en Anderlecht

Je reprend ici la nouvelle du site des AGR :

« Documents d’archives à nouveau consultables aux Archives de l’État à Anderlecht
Bonne nouvelle ! Dès ce mardi 10 avril, vous pourrez à nouveau consulter les documents d’archives dans la salle de lecture des Archives de l’État à Bruxelles (Anderlecht). L’ascenseur qui donne accès à quelque 12 kilomètres d’archives est en effet réparé ! Vous pouvez également y consulter la collection de microfilms, quelque 22.000 registres paroissiaux numérisés ainsi que les registres d’état civil du Brabant wallon numérisés.  » ca va faire des heureux. des heureux et des soulagés !