The Meerts Belgium/Netherlands Branch

This page present the data of the Belgium/Dutch branches of the Meerts family originating in the Brussels region. A very large fraction of the information has been collected by my nephew Jean Joseph Meerts. The data in this database go back to two brothers Andreas Meerts (* around 1590) en Michaelis Meerts (* around 1605), living in Dworp (Belgium). Andreas and Michaelis Meerts are decendents of the Meerte Family. The major proof is found by a quote in "Eigen Schoon en de Brabander": dat Adriaan Meerts, die zich in Dworp vestigde en daar o.a. 1e schepen van de vierschaar werd, een zoon is van Adriaan (Adrianus) Meerte, luitenant-stadhouder van het Graafschap Asse en van Anna van Overstraeten. (with thanks to Olivier Meert). Andreas Meerts and Adriaan Meerts are considered to be the same person. The exact birth date of Andreas is still missing. However, the information of most of the children and decendents of Andreas and Michaelis up now is known and can be found in the current database.

In doop-, trouw- en successieacten (met name in teruggevonden actes na 1590) worden de namen Meerts, Meers, Merts, Mets, Meedts en Meedtz vaak door elkaar gebruikt. Van dezelfde persoon wordt soms in geboorte-, trouw- en overlijdensaktes verschillende schrijwijzes gebruikt. In de hier weergegeven stamboom hebben we de familie naam zoveel mogelijk gestandaardiseerd naar Meerts. Uit de in veel gevallen bijgevoegde notities/aktes kan de gebruikte schrijfwijze gevonden worden.

  Family tree of the Dworp Meerts/Meerte Branch  
               
Their are two Dworp branches assigned: Andreas and Michaelis Meerts, which are direct and proven decendents of the Meerte family through Adrianus Meerte x Anna van Overstraeten.
               
(1)   Andreas Meerts, born around 1590      
    Family tree of Andreas Meerts      
    Pedigree of Andreas Meerts to Charlemagne      
    Decendents of Andreas Meerts (Full text)      
    Egidius Meerts x Anna Pletinckx, a complicated family history      
(2)   Michaelis Meerts, born around 1600      
    Family tree of Michaelis Meerts      
    Decendents of Michaelis Meerts (Full text)      
               
In addition we found three families in which the female was a Meerts born before 1614. All their children are born in Dworp. They are most likely all related with each other and with Andreas, Michaelis and Matheus. They are either brothers and sisters and/or nephews and nieces:
               

(1)

  Laurentia Meerts (* 1602) x Johannes Springeal, 4 children      
(2)
  Christina Meerts (* 1604) x Guilielmus van Haren, 3 children      
(3)
  Catharina Meerts (* 1609) x Guilielmus Trissoir, 4 children      
(4)
  Margarite Meets (* 1614) x Egidius Peeteroons (Petrons), 6 children      
               
    Speculative family tree of Adrianus Meerte (first 3 generations) and decendents (Full text)    
               
We furthermore found a Petrus Meerts (o before 1603) as birth witness in 1621; no further information is available.
               
The "Telling" in Dworp of 3 July 1702 and the Meerts families in this Census (Volkstelling)
               
The current Belgium-Netherlands database contains 12289 persons. The number of families is 5043.
Last update of the Belgium-Netherlands database 25 Oct 2018, 23:54:19.
     
Belgium-Netherlands database: Index of Persons
An index of all individuals in the genealogy database.
Belgium-Netherlands database: Surname Index
An alphabetical list of all surnames in the database.
The Meerts family in modern Belgium
A graphical representation of the distribution of the members of the Meerts family
Belgium-Netherlands.ged
Downloading the latest version of the complete (public) Meerts database in GEDCOM format (2.17 MB)
  Gildenhuis, Dworp   Voormalige gemeentehuis van Dworp

Much of the information of the "Belgium/Netherlands branch" has been collected by Jean Joseph Meerts in the 1990's. The author of this webpage (W. Leo Meerts) has made a number of corrections and removed some of the redundancies in the raw data and is continuously updating the information.
These data are also shared through Geneanet
Furthermore a number of persons communicated additions, corrections and details with me.
In particular I like to thank Jean Denayer for sharing with me a number of vital pieces of information that enlighted the family relations of the Meerts and Denayer members from around 1600. He is the author of a paper on the Meerts x Plettinckx family and decendents. He found the proof that Matthias(Mattheus) Meerts (* before 1613) was the son of Andreas Meerts x Anna Hanssens.