9388Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Newbie with questions
- Jul 4 5:11 PMGreat Grandpa was Flemish. According to the 1930 Census, he spoke
Dutch - so that was what I had to go by.
I find I am learning somethng new all the time!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ron Lahav
> Hello Sandi,
> Contrary to popular belief, while there is indeed a
> country called Belgium there are no such people as
> Belgians. The population is about equally divided
> between the Flemish people, who speak a form of Dutch
> (one of my Dutch friedns refers to Flemish as
> Yorkshire Dutch) and the Walloons/Wallons, who speak
> French, but a dialect which differes somewhat from
> that spoken in Metropolitan France. There is a small
> german population, and since 1970 there has been
> increasingly large numbers of Africans from the former
> Belgian colonies and also Muslims who have been
> admitted as asylum-seekers. The thing to remember is
> that for the 176 years that the flemish and Wallons
> have lived within the same national borders they have
> hated one another with a deep and unyielding passion.
> The only thing which holds the country together is the
> Royal Family, and they are ethnic Germans.
> In order to find out more about your ancestor you
> first have to identify his ethnic heritage, You should
> be able to get this from his Certificate of
> Naturalisation. Once you have that then we can proceed
> Hope this helps.
> Ron in Geordieland
> --- Sandi <lavenderrott@...> wrote:
> > Hi! I am new to the group and new to Geneology.
> > It all started with a search to discover what my
> > Grandfather's
> > military medals represent. (I know most of them but
> > one is a unit
> > insignia and I don't know which unit.) All I had
> > was the medals and
> > Grandpa's name.
> > Well, that was yesterday.
> > Today I have enough information on Grandpa to send
> > to the DOD and
> > get his military records but in getting the
> > information I ended up
> > with more questions.
> > My Great Grandfather immigrated from Belgium around
> > 1890 and
> > apparently changed his last name. So I am stuck!
> > Of course, I e-mailed the appropriate family members
> > who might have
> > mre information (who are enjoyng the holiday weekend
> > away from their
> > computers apparently)in hopes of finding out more.
> > I have a feeling
> > I am still going to be stuck as I don't speak Dutch.
> > I am open for any and all suggestions as to how to
> > find out more
> > about my Belgium heritage!
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