|Pictures of my grandparents and family from father's side (left) and mother's side (right)|
These internet pages and the genealogy database are created and maintained by W. Leo Meerts. Almost all my genealogical data is published here. A large fraction of the information (especially the data from Belgium and the connections to The Netherlands) has been collected by my nephew Jean Joseph Meerts. The amount of work he invested in the research of the Meerts family stimulated me to present the data on this web page and to continue collecting more information and updating the existing data.
Three main branches are found:
It is currently assumed that the first two branches are descendants from the last one Meerte. The arguments for the Belgium-Netherlands branch are very strong, those for the Limburg branch are more speculative.
I like to acknowledge the help of many persons who communicated additions, corrections and details with me.
I have extensively made use of the Rijksarchief in België and refer to their site and scans of the archives. If you want to follow the direct source links given on my webpages you will have to register (free) with the automatic login switched on. For clearity the full links to the Microfisches are not shown, but can be reached by pressing on the link. You are then lead to the proper book/scanned micofische, but you will have to chose the page number. In general I give two numbers: The first one refers to the scanned page (that is the one to use), the second one to the actual page in the book.
Persons still living: The detailed information of these persons has been removed (including Christian names) from the database, but is to a large extent known to the author.
Although available all information including (family) names is removed for a number of persons; they will show up as "Name Suppressed".
You will encounter "?.?" or "N.N.". It stands for "Name unkNown", even to the author