Inquiry on a miracle in Marche In 2009, wile I was searching for M. Eugene Quarterson, American citizen, I found the following text in the baptisms register of Ramet, province of Luxembourg, Belgium : Le 21 avril 1680 a esté morné un enfant de André Quatsol et de Colette Mottet, lequel après avoir esté quatre […]Continue reading "Miracle in Marche"
In “Roots: Our journeys home”, thirteen CNN anchors and hosts traced their family roots across the globe and back in time. Kate Bolduan was part of the project and the producer, Elizabeth Stuart, asked me to research Kate ‘s Belgian ancestors. In “Roots: Our journeys home”, thirteen CNN anchors and hosts traced their family roots […]Continue reading "Working for CNN"
DNA, marvelous and disappointing Searching one’s dna is in the air. Every week new companies propose cheap programs of dna tests. Ancestry, 23and Me, MyHeritage, Igenea, propose all sorts of tests between 60 and 150 euros. You spit in a tube and send it back to them. Three weeks later you receive a summary of […]Continue reading "DNA, marvelous and disapponting"
Eugenia Nofar Itinerary of an abandoned child Eugénia Nofar, also known under the name of Eugénie Novaert, was probably born on October 19, 1861. She was immediately abandoned by her mother, as appears from folio 6970 of the Register of Found Children at the Civil Hospices of the city of Ghent. Here is the translation: […]Continue reading "Itinerary of an abandoned child"
Luigia Bertoja Luigia was born in Montereale Cellina, small village in Italian Friuli on 13 September 1891, third child and only girl among four brothers. Her father Giuseppe was a peasant and accessorily exerted the function of sacristan. He often walked through the village, speaking to himself aloud, with a big stentorian voice, as if […]Continue reading "An example of sacrifice and integration"
During a bicycle ride with my grandsons in the marvelous region of Walloon Brabant, Belgium, we stopped in the small village of Sint-Agata-Rode. The St-Agata Church, dating back to the 13th century, stands fiercely on a small triangular square, circled byits flowery cemetery. A superb plane tree planted for our Independence in 1830 offered a refreshing […]Continue reading "Tombstones in St-Agata-Rode"
Uncommon and unstable life. In 1873, in Brussels, a Dutch father recognizes his son at birth but doesn’t marry the mother. This one dies the next year. The father disappears and the child is taken to an orphanage. Five years later the father comes back and takes his son from the orphanage. We lose their […]Continue reading "Police files help genealogists"