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VandenHeede from Meulebeke, West-Vlaanderen

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Re: VandenHeede from Meulebeke, West-Vlaanderen

Posted: 1556836649000
Classification: Lookup
Surnames: Vandenheede, Vanhoutte, Debouver, Pequ, Demeulenaere, Popelier

I found an image online at the Belgian State Archives of the marriage certificate of Victor Vandenheede to Pharaïde Irma Vanhoutte in Meulebeke 1899-05-03.

Ten year index table of marriages

Detail (entry #30)

Victor is cited as born in Meulebeke 1875-10-27, the son of Auguste Vandenheede (age 61, living in Meulebeke) and Colete Debouver (deceased).

Pharaïde is cited as born in Meulebeke 1878-05-19, the daughter of Edouard Vanhoutte (age 50) and Rosalie Pequ (age 46), both living in Meulebeke.

I found Colete Debouver's death certificate online (1891-01-21), but in the online archives.

Ten year index table of deaths (listed under Debouvere)

Detail (entry #21, spelled as Debouver, age cited as 46)

I also found Victor's birth certificate online.

Detail (entry #216)

His father is cited as age 37 and born in Meulebeke. His mother is cited as age 30 and born in Meulebeke.

Records prior to 1870 are online at There I found the marriage certificate of Auguste Vandenheede and Colete Debouver (1870-11-23).

Ten year index table of marriages

Detail (entry #55)

Auguste is cited as born in Meulebeke 1837-11-23, the son of Leonard Vandenheede (died 1845-02-17 in Meulebeke) and Rosalie Timmerman (died 1847-10-25 in Meulebeke). There is also a mention of a Barbara Theresia Vandenheede (died 1805-12-12 in Ingelmunster), Eugine Timmerman (died 1833-12-11 in Meulebeke) and Francisca Popelier (died 1846-03-22 in Meulebeke). Those would appear to be Auguste's grandparents.

Colete is cited as born in Meulebeke 1845-02-11, the daughter of Edouard Debouver and Rosalie Demeulenaere (both still living in Meulebeke?). It doesn't appear to cite Colete's grandparents.

I didn't try to looking for other birth, marriage, or death records, but you should be able to use the online archives at to view civil status records back to 1796. Prior to that, you may be able to use the Belgian State Archives parochial records which are in Latin.

Both archives have name indexed searches although not all records have necessarily been indexed by name. So if you do a name search and don't get any results (e.g. searching for Colete Debouver's birth record), that doesn't mean the records don't exist, just that the record hasn't been indexed by name yet or there was a mistake in the indexing.

I hope these records are for the ancestors you were looking for and that this information helps. If you have any questions about how to use the online archives, please let me know.

Regards, Dave Schoonaert
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