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How can I find where relatives are buried in Belgium.  Specifically in East Flanders area Nieuwerkerken, Haaltert, and Aalst? 

Susan M Gonzalez

https://www.online-begraafplaatsen.nl/ Here you can select Belgium. It does not have all burials, but if you are lucky you'll maybe find the people you are looking for.

nmaathuis

Thank you. I'll take a look. 

Susan M Gonzalez

Can anyone help? I'm trying to find a grave for a great uncle who died as a baby. His name was Charles Louis Braem born December 12, 1910 in Nieuwerkerken, East Flanders, Belgium. Died June 6, 1911 in Wijk Pijpenbeek.  I'm looking for the cemetery he would be buried.  I'm traveling to this area in a couple weeks and would like to locate some family graves if they exist. 

Susan M Gonzalez

I'm also looking for graves for my great great grandparents Charles Lodewyk “Louis” Malfroid/Malfroy  Charles died on May 8, 1922 in Nieuwerkerken Belgium and Virginia Hoebeeck who died on January 3, 1938 in Nieuwerkerken Belgium  And my great great grandparents on the other side Juliana de Saedeleer died June 18, 1916 and  Josephus Braem unknown date of death but was born December 19, 1839 and was still alive in 1908. Last know address was in Nieuwerkerken East Flanders for all of them.  I can't seem to find any info about where to find them in any cemeteries.  Can anyone help? 

Susan M Gonzalez

Josephus Braem died 31-10-1918 in Nieuwkerken see http://madeinaalst.be/collecties/genealogie/personen-zoeken/persons?ss=%7B%22q%22:%22josephus%20braem%22%7D&sort=%7B%22order_i_datum%22:%22asc%22%7D

It looks like Juliana de Saedeleer is stille alive in 1918.

Graves are usually cleared after 100 years.

The Dutch/Flemish word for cemetary is either kerkhof (when near a church) or begraafplaats (when not). You could Google those words together with Nieuwenkerken.

Yvonne Ruchti

Yvonne Ruchti

Thank you.  This really helped me locate further information.  I appreciate this much. 

Susan M Gonzalez

How are the cemeteries cleared after 100 years?  How do they determine the start of 100 years? 

Susan M Gonzalez

Graves are usually cleared after 100 years, not whole cemeteries. Nowadays people rent a grave for 10, 25, 50 or 100 years. So a grave gets cleared when the rent stops. Even graves that were bought are cleared after a certain period i think, but i'm not sure about that.

Yvonne Ruchti

After the rent for the grave is expired what do they do with the body? 

Susan M Gonzalez

I have no idea what they do with the body (probably just bones).

I was just trying to you prevent your disappointment when coming to Belgium and possibly not finding the graves you are looking for that's all.

Yvonne Ruchti

Susan M Gonzalez - gisteren — 19:19:

After the rent for the grave is expired what do they do with the body? 

The bones can either be transferred to an ossuary or reburied in a collective pit - sometimes boxed to prevent the bones of different bodies getting mixed. The remains can also be cremated. Being from The Netherlands myself, I do not know if one method is more customary in Belgium than another. At least in The Netherlands, it is also possible to have indefinite rights to a grave, meaning that it will never be cleared, although exceptions may occur.

Best wishes,

Carl

Carl

Thank you. I was going to look for graves of family members when I came. Now I know I would not find most of them. It would have been frustrating not to find any and not know why. 

Susan M Gonzalez


This is new information for me being from the United States. It is very interesting. Thank you for the information. 

Susan M Gonzalez







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