I am going to Belgium in Sept. to visit the area where the Minnaert side of my family lived. I know little about Belgian records, except the info. from John Buyse about the Archives in Beveren-Waas. My Minnaerts came from Kaprijke, St. John-In-Ermo, Sint Laureins and that general area. Will the cemeteries in the area still have headstones going back to the 1700's or are headstones retired after a certain number of years like in the larger cities? Also, if I find the address of a specific home or farm where they lived, do you think residents would give me more information? Would it be a good idea to contact the historical society in the area? Let me know your experiences in visiting Belgium and what I can hope for. I am listing my Minnaert lineage.
Richard (Dick) Minnaert: 11/2/1897 Atkinson, IL to 1/12/1959 Moline, IL
Peter Minnaert: 7/4/1865 St. John-In-Ermo, Belgium to 7/1/1917 Victor, IA
Wife Louisa Marie DeBaets 10/3/1870 Annawan, IL to 7/8/1926 Victor, IA
Petrus Bernardus Minnaert: 9/17/1824 Kaprijke, Belgium to 3/11/1896 Atkinson, IL
Wife Rosalia D’Have: 3/21/1833 St. Laureyns, Belgium to 4/30/1912 Atkinson, IL
Gregorius Minnaert: 5/11/1789 Sint Laureins, Belgium to 5/24/1849 Kaprijke, Belgium
Wife Francisca Laurenys: 12/31/1786 to 7/12/1847.
Franciscus Livinus Minnaert: 5/24/1752 to 3/11/1831, Kaprijke.
Wife Joanna Marie Geeraerd
Livinus Minnaert: 3/3/1706 Kaprijke to 4/16/1776 Kaprijke.
Wife Petronella Jacoba Claeys: 1/20/1726 Kaprijke to 8/31/1775 Kaprijke.
Lieven Livinus Minnaert: 1/18/1663 to 10/13/1729 Kaprijke.
Wife Anna VanAcker: 1670 to 3/11/1745 Kaprijke.
Lenaert Leonardus Minnaert: 5/26/1622 Kaprijke to 8/28/1681.
Wife Petronella Stappaert.
Gabriel Sen. Minnaert: about 1570
Wife Joanna Bracke.