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Raf Ceustermans

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Born 1980s.
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I'm an amateur historian and genealogist currently living in Leuven, Belgium. I'm mainly focused on aristocratic families living in the former duchy of Brabant between 1100 and 1500. Additionally I also work on some families from surrounding regions that often have family ties to Brabantine families. I use secondary works to construct a general framework, or base myself on the genealogies from the medieval lands database by Charles Cawley. Where no recent or trustworthy literature is available and the medieval lands database has no info I use Butkens instead. Butkens is a 17th centery genealogist who publishhed an extensive overview of Brabantine families. Although his reputation isn't very good I find that he's often more accurate then alot of 19th century scholars who are widely quoted on the internet. I then challenge and complement the framework with source material. Mainly the series of charters of the Brabant dukes edited by Verkooren, complemented by the online database of pre-1250 charters from Belgium ( Other sources are various charter collections and chronicles. As a result profiles I work on are often a work in progress and might be rearranged after consulting additional sources.

I find that wikitree is by far the best tool to construct a reliable tree, but I do hope that in the future some conventions will be made more clear and more logical.

If you have any questions regarding medieval genealogy from the lowlands don't hesitate to ask. My knowledge is limited, but I have access to a large collection of secondary literature and the local university library and I am active in a newsgroup on the subject where lots of far more knowledgeable people are present, so chances are I can answer you.

Kind regards


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On 17 Mar 2018 at 08:20 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Raf,

John contacted me today, it seems the Euroaristo Project is still working out things a bit, they are going to work with several different Project accounts, so each sub-project probably will have it's own account.

If you are managing profiles that are Euro Aristocrats and candidates for project management I think contacting or sending a list of them to John is the most easy thing to do, Ales is helping all projects to get this organized and he sometimes can add the project accounts as co-manager to lists of profiles automatically so that would make things more easy eeh :)

Greets and have a wonderful weekend,

Bea :)

On 1 Jan 2018 at 23:05 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 2 Nov 2017 at 21:34 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

Hi Raf,

Thanks for the merge. I'm sorry, I didn't notice the two Marie de Chastillon had only one husband between them and forgot to add a father to the profile before protecting. It is fixed now, the father is back and I removed PPP we don't need it now the merge is complete.

What is your opinion about his wife? Wirtemberg is the correct old version of the name, but all the other members of the family have W├╝rttemberg.

Thanks again.


On 22 Aug 2017 at 09:34 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Is there a Belgian, Flemish, Brabant etc project on Wikitree?

On 22 Aug 2017 at 09:31 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Hi Raf, did you get the mail I sent using the contact method from your website? I am working on Belgian genealogy in recent months (several periods).

On 11 Mar 2017 at 00:37 GMT Aaron Gullison wrote:

Hi. I wondered if you could fix your Houtain profiles. They are all enumerated in the following link: I don't have the necessary badge. Thanks.

On 30 Jan 2017 at 13:11 GMT Teresa Fortenberry wrote:

THANKS for taking the time to work on these very old families! In the long run, it will turn out to be quite helpful to many descendants!

Hope you stay "hooked" on WikiTree! Teresa Fortenberry

On 4 Jan 2017 at 09:02 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Sorry Raf, you are right, but then she is the only line from Isabel :)

On 4 Jan 2017 at 08:11 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Concerning descents from Edward III, I wonder if you can help with this family. It turns out Jeanne de Bar is the only way to descend directly from Edward's original heir, Edward the Black Prince, but her family is mostly missing on WT because continental.

On 31 Dec 2016 at 09:56 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Hi Raf, if you mean the comment at Scarpone-16 I made some changes already. The family needs more work but it helps us connect some more people to Edward III. See

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