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I need help with Belgium ancestors

I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1221678786000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Van Puymbroeck, pembrook, Baker, DeRidder, DeMaere
I am working on genealogy and have run into a lot of blanks. My great grandfather came here from Vrasene Belgium in 1891. His name was Vitalis Van Puymbroeck, He went back to Belgium in 1906 and married Dorthea Irena DeRidder, who died after there third child. He then married Marguerite DeMaere, she was also from Belgium, but they were married in Baker. I know that Adolph Van Wynsbright (wynsburg?) and Ivo Spriet were the witnesses for there marriage. I know these witnesses are both Belgium as well. I am looking for any information on any of these people, I am wondering why they came to Baker. I also know that Vital's sister Maria Hortense Baker also lived here with her husband Peter. Can anybody help me with any information or knowledge about searching for belgium records.



Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1222404401000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Van Puymbroeck, Van Synsbright, Spriet, Baker
Hi Kari, I found Vitalis Van Piumbroeck and his wife Dorrica (can't read very well) arrival in New York City 19 April 1906. Vitalis Estimated Birth abt. 1870, Age-36, Port of Departure=Antwerp Belgium, Ethnicity-American Citizen, Ship Name-Zeeland. Source: New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957. I can email this to you if you're interested.

An Vital V. Puymbroeck died Baker Co. 25 Nov 1945 per death cert #6877. Source: OR Death Index.

Baker County Oregon History and Genealogy, has a hypertext link to Eastern Oregon Obituary Database.

You can also request a copy of his obit from two other sources;
Oregon Library System,
University of Oregon, .

A Margaret Puymbroeck died in Baker Co. 20 Dec. 1950 per death cert #12746, Spouse-V. Source: Oregon Death Index, 1903-1998.

An Ivo Spriet married in Baker Co. 14 Aug 1909. Source: Oregon Marriage Index 1906-1920.

An Ivo Spriet was living at RR2, Baker, Baker Co., OR Sept. 12, 1918. He was born 17 March 1882, Belgium and was a alien declarent. He was farming for self, same address as above. His Nearest Relative was Alida Veohaughe Spriet, same address as above. He was short and stout with blue eyes & black hair. Source: World War I Draft Reg. Card

In 1920 Ivo and family were living in Wingville, Baker Co. Ivo, b. Belgium, 37 yrs old, alien, general farmer; Alida, wife, b. Belgium, immigrated 1909, alien, 32; Julia, b. OR, 9; Frank, b. OR, 8; Willie, b. OR, 5 and Marsil [but I believe his name was Marcel], b. OR, 4 3/12ths.

Ivo Spriet died Baker Co. 31 July 1930 per death cert #124. Source: Oregon Death Index 1903-1998.

Alida Spriet, Last Residence Baker City, Baker Co., OR, Born 7 Feb 1888, Died October 1972. Her soc. sec. # was assigned in Calif. before 1951. Source: Social Security Death Index.

I found an obituary for Marcel Spriet who died May 22, 2001 in Baker. I can mail it to you (can't figure out how to send it electronically). It lists survivors who might have known Vital and family.

In order to find Belgium records, look up the RootsWeb International Message Boards and hopefully Belgium is listed there or key in Belgium Vital Records in your browser or Google.

I've not done much outside of the USA but I've heard that you need to gather everything you can before going to the foreign country. Successful Searching!

Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1222446066000
Classification: Query
Thank you very much for all the information and help.

Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1222544141000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Puymbroeck
Hello Kari.

I looked at your other postings and see you have a bit more info on this family than presented here, which is fine. You presented enough for research. My research below may already be in your hands.

I found a family tree that includes "Vetalis Van Puymbroeck". This tree is written by "carenmariestephens". You being "Kari", could be the author of the tree. There is a bit of differences in what this "carenmariestephens" presents and what you identified in your postings here and in the Flanders, Belgium, board. So, I do not believe you are the same person. In the event you are not, I sent this person a message to read this thread and help you. This person, if not you, could help in your quest.

Based on your initial posting, you probably have all of the below information, but I am posting it for other researchers or family members finding it:

He was born 26 January 1870 in Westmunster, Belgium to Carolus L. Van Puymbroeck and Rosalia F. Meersman.

With Dorothea Irena de Ridder, born 24 Feb 1885 in Vrcene, east Flanders, Belgium - 4 May 1910, they had Frederick Van Puymbroeck 1907 to 1986; Rose E 1908 to 1974; and Reva 1909. With Marguirete, they had Frank 1913. (This tree shows her parents as karel Lodewyk DeRidder and Rosalia F. De Clereg)

His sister Maria H. Van Puymbroek was born in 1861 and married Peter deBaker. They had children: Martha 1894, Mary 1895, Frank 1896, Lena 1897, Matility 1899, William 1901 and Isadore 1904.

------------Van Puymbroek----------
I find Vital and Margaret are buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery:

If the link above do not work, use the search engine: and just enter "Puym" in the surname box.


Maria Hortense, and Isadore buried at Mount Hope:

Peter is there also, but there is no DOB or DOD info. He is buried in Loc 26, Block 2, grave 2, Maria is in grave 1. A John Baker is in Grave 3.

Obit for Isadore, son of Maria:

Ivo Spriet is also buried at Mount Hope, along with Alida and others of that name.

The obit for Marcel H. Spriet, son of Ivo and Alida:

Obit for Frank Spriet, brother of Marcel:

Michael Spriet, a later family member:

I will stop this research with the above. Hopefully the CarenMarieStephens is NOT you and you can get help from this person. If she IS you, you've done a fine job so far in your research.

At this point, if you do NOT live in Baker, then a LOCAL researcher is what you need. Hopefully a local genius will find your posting and help. If not, also try other members of the family, the Baker side has several members.

The attached photo is Vetais and Marguirete.

Ron Bestrom

Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1222545648000
Classification: Query
The Caren Stephens is "possibly" in the line of Rose Elizabeth Puymbroeck. She married a Ralph Stephens.

Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1222545784000
Classification: Query
The first photo didn't work, will try again:

Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1222558048000
Classification: Query
Thank you for your help and research! Caren Stephens is actually my mom, and we are working off of the same family tree, however we still have many unconfirmed dates, and are always trying to update. I have just recently started working on genealogy and have found quite a bit of knew information, we just can't seem to get back any further, or find Belgium records. We have found someone in Belgium who may look up some information for us for a fee.

We are actually from Baker, we have walked the cemetery three times and have not been able to find the Baker's headstones, but we still have a few other contacts to help us find them. Thank you for your help.

Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1224130073000
Classification: Query
Do you have copies of the death certificates and marriage record that were listed above? If not, let me know, I was at the Archives today and found some copies of them.

Re: I need help with Belgium ancestors

Posted: 1224297866000
Classification: Query
Yes I do have those records, but thank you very much!
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