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Engels Family

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 5:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm looking for information about my great-great grandfather and grandmother. They emigrated from Antwerp to Wisconsin, USA in 1909 and 1910 respectively. My great-great grandfather's name is listed in censuses as Desire, Desere, Diezene, and Dessie. His wife's name was Emily or Amelie. They were both born around 1890. Any help would be great! I'm hoping especially to find Dessie's parents.

Re: Engels Family

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 11:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
I believe I found them. I used the national online database of Belgium http://arch.arch.be (you can choose english as language) and the passenger records on http://www.ellisisland.org (information is in english)

I found:
Desiderius Engels °28/12/1876 in Bierbeek, married on 07/06/1900 in Bierbeek to
Maria Amelia Azijn °02/12/1880 in Bierbeek.

They were born and got married in Bierbeek, but later on they moved to Heverlee. They crossed the ocean by ship resp in 1909 and in 1910.
Interesting: Desiderius Engels was 5ft 5inch tall, had brown hair and blue eyes and had 40$ in his pocket when coming to the USA.

Re: Engels Family

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 6:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much. That is awesome!

Re: Engels Family

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 6:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Engels
I found Desiderius and Maria Amelia's marriage certificate, and it showed their parents. I am hoping to trace the Engels name as far as I can. Desiderius' father is Joannes Baptista Engels. He was born around 1851 and died in 1884 I believe. I'm hoping I can find his parents. Also, he lived mostly in Bierbeek it seems and was a patrolman. If anyone can find his parents that would be great!
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