I have added a profile for Alphonse DeMeerleer and want to get the name correct. He was a Belgian immigrant to the US and lived in Michigan. His son, accused of murder at age 17, was involved in a case that went to the Supreme Court (he had been tried accused, tried, and convicted in one day,and freed after the Court reversed the conviction after he spent 17 years in prison.)
I found some records at familysearch and now I'm confused about the surname. It looks like he was probably from the Dutch-speaking area of Belgium, and I have no experience with Dutch roots names. Does the "De" get capitalized or not? Is it separated from "Meerleer" or spaced together? I don't want to get this wrong. Also, I believe his son, Rene, may already be on WT, and his surname is entered as DeMeerleer. [[DeMeerleer-2]].
Thanks for the help.