I'd like to join the "Belgian Roots" project

+12 votes


I just discovered there is a "Belgian Roots" project, and would like to join!

I'm posting this question here in the g2g treehouse so that other interested people might also see it. As it is now, the (free space) project is not very visible. Maybe if enough people show an interest we can make it a bit more official? (preferably without a typical Belgian discussion about whether to be a subproject of either France or the Netherlands :) I'd prefer Europe then... ) 

WikiTree profile: Space:Belgian_Roots
in The Tree House by Filip Beunis G2G6 (7.3k points)
retagged ago by Filip Beunis
Hi, another Belgian descendant here. All my ancestors on that branch seem to have been born, lived and died in Mechelen (Malines) except for the ones who emigrated to my country. :) Hoping to make some progress there and maybe connect to others and the main tree.

Surnames in my tree: Van Dam, Verbeemen, De Ridder, Lievens, Haerts, Van Rompuy, Smeyers, Cornelis.

8 Answers

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Thanks Filip, for asking this question so that everyone can see.

I was part of the initial "team" who worked on hatching a Belgian project, but, I have since been too busy with France and Disproven Existence to be able to do much for Belgium. I 100% agree that a Belgium project should go under the Europe project, and perhaps we would have a real Belgian sub-project now if Europe had existed when the Belgian Roots page was started.

How about contacting Eowyn about moving things forward? There were several really motivated people; perhaps enough to start a good team, once things get rolling.
by I R G2G6 Pilot (291k points)
Hi I,

Thanks, I'll do that! I'll also contact the other members of the original free space project, just to make sure there are no objections from them.

I'll keep you updated if this idea goes somewhere!
+8 votes
I was just looking for a Belgian roots project the other day. One of my wife's gr. grandmothers is from Hainault and that line needs some work. I'm not sure that I would be able to commit a great deal of time to it though.
by Richard Kyllo G2G1 (1.7k points)
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Im currently working in my Belgian ancestors. I would be interested.
Thanks anonymous! If you let me know your profile, I can add you as a member of the current free-space page and keep you updated about the progress towards a Belgium project.
+4 votes
Hi Filip, I was one of the creators of the French Roots project and we were trying to begin the Belgian Roots at the same time to connect it to French Roots, but couldn't get it off the ground due to time constraints.  I am glad to see someone who has the desire to get this going! Thanks so much!
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (584k points)
+4 votes
Hi Filip,

Thanks for the invitation to support a Belgian sub-project in WikiTree. My grandmother was Flemish. She was born in Arendonk and I am especially interested in learning more about my forbears as well as helping others in their search. Count me in!

ago by David Martin G2G1 (1.2k points)
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Hi all,

Thanks for showing an interest (here and/or on my profile) in setting up a Belgium sub-project of Europe. Seems there would be sufficient members to make a good start, and the initiators of the original free-space project are enthusiastic too!

I've contacted Eowyn about setting up the project, and am currently waiting for her reply. I'll keep you updated!

In the mean time, it would be helpful if one of the managers of the free-space project could add me as co-manager, so I can update it a bit.
ago by Filip Beunis G2G6 (7.3k points)
Can you send a trusted list request? I will set you up, but I need your email (used for WikiTree) for this.
I've sent the request, thanks, IR!
Thanks, and done!
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Hi Filip,

That is a wonderful idea. A part of the Belgium profiles are taken care of by the DRP, as far as I know.

I will notify Bea (our leader at the DRP). I am sure she will love to help you.
ago by Astrid Spaargaren G2G6 Pilot (175k points)
Thanks Astrid,

Yes, many profiles will require coordination/collaboration between a Belgium Project and the DRP (same goes for the French project and maybe others). Knowing the friendly and helpful atmosphere in the DRP, I'm very much looking forward to that! :)

Any advice or help in setting up the project from experienced people such as Bea and you would of course be great!
You can count on us!
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Hallo Filip, I am very intrested to collaborate . When I started on wikitree I was searching for a Belgian group, but there was only a dutch group. I had no time to start one on my owm. Thank you

Mia Fournier
ago by Mia Fournier G2G3 (3.6k points)

Great, Mia!

I'll let you know when the project is set up. For now I've added your name to the free space project at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Belgian_Roots!

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