BELGIUM .—The records are numerous and valuable .State Records comprise all those of the central governments, 1 the
See also:kingdom, of the governments preceding it and of the various states such as Brabant,
See also:Flanders, Gueldres and Hainault out of which Belgium was formed . They are preserved partly at Brussels as General Records of the Kingdom and partly in provincial repositories . Thus at
See also:Ghent are archives of the
See also:county of Flanders, at Liege of the principality of that name and of the duchy of Limburg, at
See also:Mons of the county of Hainault, at Bruges of the liberty of Bruges and other jurisdictions of eastern Flanders; at Namur,
See also:Arlon, Bassett and
See also:Tournai are repositories of less importance: at the same
See also:time the repository at Brussels contains many records of the same kind as those in the provincial offices and is the chief one of the
See also:country; the collection there has been formed from various collections in Belgium combined with records restored by the
See also:government and other acquisitions . Archives Provinciales, the records of provincial administrations since 1794, are placed in the chief towns of each province: each collection falls into three periods, French (1794–1814), Dutch (1814–183o) and Belgian . Municipal Archives.—The most important are those of Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, R'Ialines, Mons, Tournai and
See also:Ypres . The best
See also:book of general
See also:bibliographical reference for Belgian records is Pirenne's Bibliographie de l'histoire de Belgique .
BELGIUM (Fr. Belgique; Flem. Belgic)
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