Research made by Louis Lessire of Soye (B), enter 1960 and 2000.


Sources: old parochial register Spoliation to Archives of the state to Namur.

This work was made on a certain number of old townships before fusions of 1977. These registers of which holding by vicars, going against parishes, was promulgated by the Council of Thirty (city on the Adige, Italy of the north) ordered the so-called holding of baptism registers, marriages and deaths. Burials are obligatory, since 1604, for the diocese of Namur; while in 1646 for the bishopric of Liege (of which Malonne and Fosses, in Belgium). Most are only usable to vicinities of 1750, omission of the young deceased child a long time systematic, lack of details, etc… For marriages, little mention of new spouse parents, absence of the bridegroom age. Same defaulting for deaths until, and again, the half of the XVIIIth century.

Since the establishment of the Civil state, the 28 "prairial" of the year IV (17 June 1796) where registers were withdrawn to vicars, and the Concordat in 1801, that returns a certain expertise to the church while withdrawing to priests the function to write acts aforementioned, that are assigned from then on to the new local Administrations; it sometimes exists an emptiness very damaging for genealogists. Indeed, for our ancestors, very attached to the Catholic religion, the very numerous priests who didn't take the oath of fidelity to the French Republic, are pursued, decrees, deportees; and those that escape cannot exercise their ministry that in hiding place; their acts often consigned on the flying leaves get lost easily during their secret displacements; what is far from facilitating the present research on this uneasy period. It is only progressively that inhabitants of a village will be going to declare births, marriages and deaths to the new local secretariat. The certain people birth will be declared even officially that at the moment of their marriage or their death.


Spoliation of registers of the Civil state in the local administrations.

It was an enormous work, if he of it is. For example: a register of births covers ten years, what makes 1800 to 1980, 18 registers; idem for marriages and deaths; either 54 registers for one townships. Until now I consulted 62 townships, from where I saw and annotated a few 3.348 local registers!!! Except the three registers, 1800 to 1810, the other are provided well in various information and don't present no of complications met in the parochial register question.

Since 1989 registers of the Civil state put down to Archives of the state to Namur, dated from 1800 to 1870, are not more accessible consultants' according to a circular of the general archivist of the Kingdom, to Brussels. Because of are vétustes, of cuts and various depredations committed little by researchers scrupulous and for has better conservation they haggard been microfilmed by Mormons, what returns the more arduous reading and complicated. On the other hand, some townships didn't put back these registers to Archives.


Names of families: They only appear toward the XIVth century. Before, one knew that of first names: Jean son of Jacques, or Jean the young and Jean the old; the name comes then from a particularity, of a profession, of a place.

Names of family of Belgium, by Eugene Vroonen, Volume I, page 134, n° 136.

"Lords and vassals" a lot of patronymics have been borrowed to the feudal hierarchy, as: De Heer or S. Heeren equivalent Lesire to Lesieur however.

Etymological dictionary of family's names in Belgium by Eugene Vroonen, page 147: "le Sire" social situation, equal "the Lord".

First names to Malonne : The "Bertuin" first name or "Berthuin" (Berthuinus), sometimes erroneously "Baudouin", remain specific well to Malonne. In his book "To live to Malonne" (1680-1706), the author Jean Hockay written what follows:

Berthuin: practically unknown first name outside of Malonne. To Floreffe, one in relief four, of which three of family original of Malonne. In this last locality one counts 31 of them between 1690 and 1706, either 12%. Today, this first name disappeared. It corresponded to the sensitivity of one time privileging this first name. Of 1635 to 1950, families: le Sire, Lesire, Lefsire and Lessire counted 19 "Berthuin", been born to Malonne.

The spelling of family's names: It varies according to the mood, knowledge and the scribe's stubbornness (religious different officiate); as for capacities of the declaring on the possibility to signal his name patronymic correctly, him there hardly illusions has make itself to this topic, she is to 80% pretty much hopeless or very imperfect.

The known marriage dates are located in a relatively regular period for unions of children coming from a same family (to not to forget that at this time where the quantity of numerous families from afar superior to the present period the number of births in a same family could spread fanlike on 15 years and even 20). Of where, to the non known origins one can put itself the question: a such more aged of 18 years that another, he is his uncle or his brother, not of register. Often godfather and godmother are chosen in the near relationship. One notices of it regularly of sponsorships, of witnesses to marriages and deaths between the aforementioned, what makes only reinforce the idea of a common relationship, the idea of a same stump.

Louis Lessire of Soye (B).


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