My family originates from Belgium, specifically in the town of Hamme-Mille in Brabant. Henri X. Kaye, my father, and I have expanded our family tree to include 1,905 names including 552 Kayes as far back as the early 1600`s. A substantial number of these have been verified using the microfilms at the State Archives in Belgium.
I am married and have three children, two sons and a daughter.
Most of the Kayes belong to one of four lines each originating in present-day Belgium. I have named each line after the city in which it originates.
Today there are about 119 Kayes listed in the Belgian telephone directory. I compared the telephone numbers to the individuals in my family tree. The table below shows how many of the individuals come from each of the lines.
|Total||39 (33% of 119)|
The name Kaye appears in region of present-day Belgium as early as the 13th century. Since there are relatively few Kayes (119 according to the telephone records) living in Belgium today, I believe that it will be possible to relate all of the Kayes to a single ancestor.
This site is organized into sections:
|Kaye Birth Certificates:||33|
|Oldest Document:||1863 / 136 years old|
|Total Number of Documents:||47|
An excellent source of information for my research has been the State Archives in Belgium which makes records that are older than 100 years available to the public. Whereever possible, I have tried to base my research on original documents. Earlier the State Archives maintained several web pages in English. At the moment however, the site is only available in Dutch and French.
An excellent source for any information relating to the archives in Belgium is the website of Pascal Janssen. He has done a superb job of collecting information and keeping it up-to-date.
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