The Archives of the City of Brussels only contain information on persons who once in their lifetime lived on the territory of the City of Brussels. This territory only includes the Pentagon and extensions, Laeken, Neder-Over-Heembeek and Haren.
For people who did not live on the territory of the City of Brussels, one has to contact the municipality concerned (for example the other municipalities of the Brussels Region).
Search at the Archives
The Archives Service does not do genealogical searches. If you want to conduct a search yourself, you can go to the reading room of the Archives, which contains a large number of tools that can be consulted to obtain information. One can also contact genealogical associations to do the search.
The Archives of the City of Brussels contain several interesting registers for genealogical searches:
The collection of the parish registers (1482-1796) has been digitized. It can be found via the terminals at the reading room of the Archives of the City of Brussels or online at the:
In 1794, the French occupant established the Registry office in Belgium: the municipal houses were in charge of registering on separate registers, and in duplicate, the births, marriages and deaths.
Acts concern the persons having lived on the territory of the City of Brussels (including Laeken, Neder-over-Heembeek, Haeren). Ten-year tables allow to find, by type of acts, the persons whose dates of birth, marriage or death we do not know exactly.
The Archives keep the birth certificates until 1913, the marriage certificates until 1927 and the divorce certificates till 1940. For the following years one should contact the Registry Office.
The consultation of the registers of births, deaths and marriages of less than 100 years old is subjected to authorization. A demand for a consultation must be done by mail to the 'Tribunal de la famille' (Rue des Quatre Bras 13 - 1000 Brussels).
The census registers are kept at the Archives of the City, since 1795 until 1983, and give the information relative to the domestic compositions and to the moves of a person. They reflect by district and by street all the social and professional evolutions of the inhabitants.
The records have been digitized from 1795 to 1910. The records of 1920, 1930, 1947 and 1960 are kept in the Archives. The 1795 to 1890 records are freely accessible in the reading room.
The consultation of the registers of less than 120 years old (from 1900) is subjected to a special authorization required by means of a form:
- Special authorization (PDF, 86.42 KB) (in French)