where is Belgium?

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Where can I find Belgium? formerly the Netherlands were one country
in Genealogy Help by Greet Schamp G2G4 (4.7k points)
Heb je genoeg aan deze antwoorden? Of zoek je iets specifieks, Greet?
bedankt Michel, zo gaat het wel lukken hoop ik. Mijn Gedcomfile is ingevoerd, nu even afwachten of dat werkt anders moet ik heel mijn stamboom opnieuw invoeren en die staat in feite al op Geneanet en Geni.

groetjes uit Vlaanderen,

Wikitree werkt erg anders dan GeneaNet end. Hier heb je maar 1 stamboom en 1 profiel per persoon. Daarnaast moet alles hier onderbouwd zijn met bronnen, zodat we echt weten wat mensen hebben bestaan. Geweldig verschil met Geni en Geneanet. Zo krijg je ook echt connecties en voorkom je dubbel werk. Al liljkt dat in het begin wel zo natuurlijk, omdat je elk persoon afzonderlijk moet invoeren en controleren.

Wat dat betreft is er dus geen 'apart' Belgie, als antwoord op je vraag.

4 Answers

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It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest.


by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
+7 votes
sorry I didn't mean where my country lays on the map but where can i find it in the list of Wikitree
by Greet Schamp G2G4 (4.7k points)
Belgium is under the European category.

If you go to Regions you should see Europe (en)
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by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
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https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Belgium and it's got some language translation as well.

by Natalie Trott G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)

Firstly I am pretty sure that 'The Netherlands' refers to Holland rather than Belgium.

I did not know about the Belgian category until i read Natalie's post.

I wanted to know how to go about tracing my family tree in one of those countries I think I would start by messaging the project leaders.


and a Dutch project you can find here  https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/954524/join-the-dutch-roots-project-wordt-lid-van-dutch-roots-project 

The situation is not really helped by some Belgians considering Belgian to be their 'mother tongue' whereas others speak (and consider themselves) Flemish. However in my experience they all speak English (and Belgian) but the Flemish can get a little touchy if you call them Belgian and would probably take an even dimmer view of being referred to as Dutch (from Holland)

Belgium separated in 1830 from the (northern) Netherlands.


@Andy... kindof.

Holland is part of the Netherlands (Don't call a Frisian or Zeeuw 'from Holland'!). Since a few years the chamber of tourism has also stopped using it as a short name for the Netherlands. Holland really does not exist as such, only as a place in the USA...

"Flemish" Belgium was part of the Netherlands, the way that Belgium came into existence is a long story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium

There is officially only one language: Dutch. [https://woordenlijst.org/leidraad The official guideline]. But, as with every language you have differences between regions. Flanders has separated over 150 years ago, so they tend to speak rather different from Northerners.

As there are multiple official languages in Belgium, Belgian does not exist: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taalstrijd_in_Belgi%C3%AB (interestingly not translated in English...)  This is quite a touchy subject in Belgium.

(But good to see this question got soo many answers!)
I was in glams once where they claimed not to even be a part of Belgium. Mind you I have a Swedish friend that still refers to Norway as ‘west Sweden’
Dear Lear-1133,
Flemish and Dutch are much alike, you can compare it with the different types of English: Oxford English or American English, Australian or South African.
Please note 'Belgian' is NO language!
we speak either French (a minority of less than 40%) or Flemish/Nederlands over 60% and only a small part speaks German (some 30 000 people in the East Cantons Eupen, but anyway they have their own governement).
We have 6 different governments Flanders, Brussels, Wallony, the German speaking part, Wallo-Bruxelles and a federal one, 61 ministers!!!
As you can see Belgium is a rather artificial state: since 1830 when it was founded, even the king Leopold I von Saxen Coburg was imported from Germany. The division line between German and French speaking people is right in the middle of our country. This causes all the language problems. Other countries are more a real nation by having only one language.
all the best
I don’t doubt that technically you are right but I have been to Antwerp several times and they told me they were speaking Belgiun and who am I to argue? American is no language either but I suspect that if you ask your average American what language they speak a good many will get the answer wrong :)

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