View Full Version : Busschotts and Faes family in Belgium

06-01-2008, 8:12 PM
I know this is going to be a bit of a long shot! I've had a look around the web, and can't find much info about Belgium birth,marriage or death registrations, so maybe someone could point me in the right direction?

My great grandfather's sister Florence Mary May Phillpott married Louis Busschotts (a Belgian man) in 1918 and they had their first child Francois towards the end of 1918 in England, but returned to Belgium sometime after where they had 4 more children Gustaf, Mathilda, Camilla and Honorine. I know that Honorine married someone whose surname was Faes, and they had at leat three childrenAnita, Linda and Monique who would have been born in the 1950's.

I'd love to be able to follow the Busschotts family forward and find out what happened to Florence Mary May and her children.

Does anyone have any experience with Belgian civil registration, or any ideas where I can find the information? Or does it mean a trip to Belgium??


06-01-2008, 10:29 PM
There seem to be various websites if you google "genealogy belgium", eg


I haven't looked at them properly and have no experience of Belgian research - and you may already have discounted them!

08-01-2008, 6:51 PM
You're unlikely to get much help, at least thats my exerience after emailing random people to even confirm an address, govt depts & even english & belgian groups.
Try contacting the Belgian FGS group - I hit paydirt with them. I'll look for an address tonight for you.

08-01-2008, 7:01 PM
Sorry no address, my enquiry was forwarded to them by a kind person.
Try google Belgian FGS and contact the closest one to where they lived.

08-01-2008, 10:06 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. It is just a bit of a side-line. I'm just trying to fill in a bit of extra information about them for my website, but it is something that I can do on the backburner! It does look tricky as you have to go to the town (no central registration) - I have the name of the town that they lived in - but no guarantee they were there all the time and could have moved around.

08-01-2008, 11:13 PM
The chap that did some research for me found a picture in a book of the farmhouse where my Gt grand aunty died 1929 after giving birth to her son.
He also took some pictures of the site at it stands today - unfortunately the house is long gone.
Another thing I had alot of trouble with was that place/road names were in French whereas now the town speaks Flemish.
Good luck

09-01-2008, 12:30 AM
You could always try


Hope you read the lingo! I can get by in German, Dutch and English, but thats it for me and language skills.

Oh and Cindi's list has some links too.
http://www.cyndislist.com/belgium.htm __________________

10-01-2008, 12:30 AM
Try Babelfish http://babelfish.altavista.com/ translates most languages except alien