Informations on Belgian research (blog contribution)

I was asked to write a little something on how research in Belgium is organized and where people should head to if they come to discover an ancestor in our young country. The result of the « crime » is to read on . You can also follow a Twitter chat every Tuesday night at 7pm (GMT).

Thanks again Suzie for the opportunity! 🙂

Happy Carnival 2015!

An important event in Belgium is the celebration of Carnival all over the country but especially in places like Binche (Hainaut Province) , Alost (Flanders) and Malmedy ( German Province of Belgium)

In Binche, the famous « Gilles » go out on the street in a fascinating cortege throwing oranges for the great delight of the public who try to catch them! The event is a sight and is even listed as a cultural treasure by the United Nations!

Only men from Binche or recognized as such can be members of one of the several Gilles societies. On the night of the « Mardi Gras » , the Gilles gathers on Binche Grand Place for a « Rondeau », a traditional dance! The whole thing is something to see if you have Belgian ancestors!

Happy Carnival!




Histoires de Familles will be at RootsTech 2015 and will help you find your continental europe ancestors by giving you tips, hints and more! I’m delighted to cross the ocean and meet you at this world scale event so if you have belgian, french or dutch ancestors come and meet me in Booth 100! I’ll be also presenting the freshest WWI Website of the country in his english-speaking version to be found at