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Historical Record Collections Added in April and May 2022

We are delighted to announce the publication of 1.3 billion historical records in 37 collections from all over the world including: USA, UK, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine. The collections include birth, marriage, death, military, census, newspaper records, and more. Many of the collections include high-quality images alongside the index. With this update, the total number of historical records on MyHeritage has now reached 18.2 billion.

Here is a list of the new collections.

CollectionDescription Number of RecordsLink to Search

Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada, Updated
An index of names from U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections with images1,242,085,497 records added in this update. The collection now has 2,250,023,697 records in totalSearch collection now

1950 United States Federal Census
A high-quality index of manually transcribed records from the 1950 U.S. Federal Census. Covers several states and territories, with images.7,433,692 recordsSearch collection now

1950 United States Federal Census, AI Index
A less accurate index of automatically transcribed records from the 1950 U,S. Federal Census, created using AI and machine-learning algorithms. Covers all states and territories, with images63,562,384 recordsSearch collection now

United Kingdom, Death Index, 1980-2022, Updated
An index of death records from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom5,272,810 records added in this update. The collection now has 11,645,790 records in totalSearch collection now

1939 Register of England & Wales, Updated
A register of individuals living in England & Wales in 19391,320,572 records added in this update. The collection now has 11,018,970 records in totalSearch collection now

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration of Births
An index of civil birth registrations from Antwerp between the years 1588 to 1913 with images483,486 records

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Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration of Deaths
An index of civil death registrations from Antwerp between the years 1588 to 1913 with images732,848 recordsSearch collection now

Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration of Births

An index of civil birth registrations in East Flanders. Belgium, between the years 1541 and 1914 with images497,897 recordsSearch collection now

Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration of Deaths
An index of civil death registrations from the the East Flanders province of Belgium with images851,746 records

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Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration Of Births
An index of civil birth registrations from the Liège province of Belgium between the years 1621 and 1914545,977 recordsSearch collection now

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration of Births
An index of death registrations in Norway from 1927 to 1941 with images107,789 recordsSearch collection now

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration of Deaths
An index of civil death registrations from Namur, Belgium, between the years 1800 to 1912320,549 recordsSearch collection now

France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards
An index of military draft cards from Calvados, France for men born between 1867 and 1921290,660 recordsSearch collection now

France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards
An index of military registration cards from Rhône, France for men who born between the years 1865 to 193261,389 recordsSearch collection now

Germany, Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Prisoners
An index of Jewish prisoners from the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany29,097 recordsSearch collection now

Germany, Hesse, Deaths
An index of death records from Hesse, Germany from 1848 and 1990 with images8,491,890 recordsSearch collection now

Germany, North Rhine Westphalia (Arnsberg, Detmold, and Münster), Deaths 1874-1938, Update
An exclusive index of death records from North Rhine Westphalia, Germany with images2,675,150 records added in this update. The collection now has 11,018,970 records in totalSearch collection now

Italy, Diocese of Trento, Catholic Church Baptisms
An index of baptism records from the Diocese of Trento, Italy from 1548 and 19371,801,828 recordsSearch collection now

Italy, Diocese of Trento, Catholic Church Deaths
An index of death records from the Diocese of Trento, Italy from 1548 and 193739,286 recordsSearch collection now

Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration of Births
An index of civil birth registrations from from Barano d’Ischia, Napoli, Italy from 1809 to 192950,166 recordsSearch collection now

Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration of Deaths
An index of civil death registrations from from Barano d’Ischia, Napoli, Italy from 1809 to 192941,111 recordsSearch collection now

Italy, Teramo, Civil Registration of Births
An index of civil birth registrations from Teramo, Italy from 1866 to 191431,957 recordsSearch collection now

Italy, Teramo, Civil Registration of Deaths
An index of civil death registrations from Teramo, Italy from 1866 to 1914167,977 recordsSearch collection now

Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Baptisms
An index of baptisms, from Porto and Viana do Castelo, Portugal, from 1535 to1949495,487 recordsSearch collection now

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Baptisms
An index of baptisms from Setúbal, Portugal from 1555 to 1911257,850 recordsSearch collection now

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Deaths
An index of deaths from Setúbal, Portugal from 1555 to 1911153,446 recordsSearch collection now

Romania, Claims Conference
An index of Jewish individuals who resided in Romania during World War II166,317 recordsSearch collection now

Scotland, Mental Health Records
An index of mental health records from the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh117,883 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Córdoba, Municipal Records of Birth
An index of birth records from Córdoba, Spain from 1509 to 194797,847 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Córdoba, Municipal Records of Death
An index of death records from Córdoba, Spain from 1509 to 1947113,809 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Málaga, Municipal Birth Records
An index of birth records from Málaga, Spain from 1760 to 1956415,254 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Málaga, Municipal Records of Deaths
An index of death records from Málaga, Spain from 1760 to 1956385,822 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Sevilla, Municipal Birth Records
An index of birth records from Sevilla, Spain from 1293 to 1966183,263 recordsSearch collection now

Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration of Births
An index of civil birth registrations from Bern, Switzerland52,999 recordsSearch collection now

Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration of Deaths
An index of civil death registrations from Bern, Switzerland32,168 recordsSearch collection now

Sub-Carpathia, Jewish Birth Records
An index of Jewish birth records from parts of the former Hungarian counties of Bereg, Máramaros, Ugocsa and Ung, now part of Ukraine204,316 recordsSearch collection now

Compilation of Famous Artists
An index of famous artists throughout history373,133 recordsSearch collection now

Below, you can find more detailed information about the new collections.

Newspaper Name Index, USA and Canada — Updated

This collection is a structured name index extracted from existing free-text U.S. and Canadian newspaper collections on MyHeritage. Records typically include a person’s name, a snippet of text mentioning them in the newspaper, the newspaper publication title, date, and place of publication. Some records will also include additional searchable information such as the name of a spouse and the place of residence. Year range and place coverage in this collection vary greatly.

Names in this collection were extracted using machine learning technology and may contain mistakes due to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and automatic extraction. Users are encouraged to fix such mistakes using the “Suggest an alternative” feature that is available on every record page.

Searching this collection offers several major advantages compared to searching the free-text collections of these newspapers. Thanks to its structured name index, this collection supports synonyms in search results (e.g., it finds Andy when you search for Andrew, etc.) and it applies synonyms differently for first names and last names. It also allows searching for a person and their spouse, which is not possible in free-text collections. In addition, it leverages MyHeritage’s Global Name Translation™ technology so that searching in a foreign language such as Hebrew or Russian will return search results from newspapers in English.

Newspapers are an important resource for genealogy and family history research, as they contain obituaries and other vital record substitutes such as birth, marriage, and death notices. Additionally, society pages and stories of local interest contain rich information on activities and events in the community and often provide details about the people involved.

This collection will be updated further in the future and records will be added to the name index from additional newspapers.

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1950 United States Federal Census

The 1950 census was conducted across the continental United States and its territories during April and May 1950. For all individuals, it includes names, ages, residence addresses, relationships, households, gender, birthplace, marital status, and other facts. All of the records include images and are free to access, view and save. The searchable index currently contains all records from Alaska, American Samoa, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Hampshire, Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Wyoming, Indian Reservation Schedules, and the overseas islands of Canton, Johnston, Midway, and Wake.

To bridge the gap until all the states have been released, MyHeritage utilized machine-learning and algorithmic techniques to create a free exclusive census AI index. First, the images of 150 million Americans appearing in the 1950 U.S. Census were scanned and the names were identified using handwriting text-recognition technologies. This technology, while powerful, can’t decipher every name accurately. MyHeritage then applied algorithmic techniques to remove names that appeared incorrect. The result is this index of 63 million names that were extracted with stronger confidence. 

Though machine-learning and algorithmic techniques enabled us to analyze large volumes of data at record speed, the index is still considered very raw and contains mistakes. The records should be approached with caution and the linked census images should be reviewed to verify the information in every record.

In the weeks and months ahead, MyHeritage will continue to publish high-quality manually curated indexes state-by-state until the 1950 U.S. Census index is complete. 

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United Kingdom, Death Index, 1980–2022, Updated

This collection contains an index of death records from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom. 5.2 million records were added in this update, bringing the total number of records to 11.6 million historical records. Records include the full name, gender, birth date, age at death, death date, and place where the death occurred.

While a large majority of the records in this index are from England, the index includes records from each postcode area in the United Kingdom, as well as the Crown dependencies of Jersey and the Isle of Man.

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1939 Register of England & Wales, Updated

The 1939 Register of England and Wales was conducted on 29 September 1939. 1.3 million records were added in this update, bringing the total number of records to 34.4 million. For each household member the register records name, gender, address, birth date, marital status, place of residence, and occupation. This collection is an important census substitute for genealogists and family historians, as the entire 1931 Census of England and Wales was destroyed by a fire and no census was conducted in 1941. The 1939 Register is the most complete existing census-like collection for the population of England and Wales that covers the period between 1921 and 1951.

The 1939 Register was conducted similarly to a census and includes similar information. One important difference for genealogists is that the full date of birth is recorded in the 1939 Register for each person, whereas the traditional censuses conducted in England and Wales only record each person’s age.

The information in this collection was gathered under the authority of the National Registration Act of 1939, an emergency measure at the start of the Second World War. 65,000 enumerators delivered the forms ahead of the official registration day. On Friday, September 29, 1939 (National Registration Day), householders were required to record the requested information on the supplied forms. On the following Sunday and Monday, local enumerators visited every household, checked and gathered the completed forms, and issued identity cards to each of the residents in the household.

Of the 42 million individuals who are recorded in this collection, 6.9 million records remain closed due to privacy protection requirements, and about 700,000 additional records appear without full names. Records are closed for those individuals who were born less than 100 years ago unless matched to a registered death record. These closed records will be made public and added to this online collection on a yearly basis going forward.

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Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration of Births

This collection from Antwerp, Belgium contains records and images of civil birth registrations from the Belgium National Archives between the years 1588 to 1913. Records include the name of the child, date and place of birth, gender, and the names of the parents.

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Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration of Deaths

This collection from Antwerp, Belgium contains records and images of civil death registrations from the Belgium National Archives between the years 1588 to 1913. Records contain the individual’s name, year and place of birth, year and place of death, names of the parents and spouse.

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Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration of Births 

This collection contains records and images of civil birth registrations from 1541 to 1914. Records originate from the Belgium National Archives, in the East Flanders province of Belgium. Records contain the individual’s name, year and place of birth, and names of the parents.

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Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration of Deaths

This collection contains records and images of civil death registrations from the Belgium National Archives, in the East Flanders province of Belgium. Records include the name of the deceased, date and place of birth, date and place of death, age at death, names of the parents, and name of the spouse.

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Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration Of Births 

This collection contains records and images of civil registrations of birth from the Belgium National Archives in the Liège province of Belgium between the years 1621 and 1914. Records include the name of the child, date and place of birth or baptism, and the names of the parents.

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Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration of Births 

This collection contains records and images of civil birth registrations from the Belgium National Archives in the Limburg province of Belgium, between the years 1798 to 1906. Records include the name of the child, date and place of birth, gender, and the names of the parents.

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Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration of Deaths

This collection contains records and images of civil death registrations from the Belgium National Archives in the Namur province of Belgium, between the years 1800–1912. Records include the name of the deceased, date and place of birth, date and place of death, age at death, names of the parents, and name of the spouse of the deceased.

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France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards 

This collection from the Calvados department of France consists of military draft cards for men born between 1867 and 1921. Records include the individual’s name, date and place of birth, residence, date and place of military registration, and the names of the individual’s parents.

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France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards

This collection from the Rhône department of France is composed of military registration cards for men who were born between the years 1865 to 1932. Records include the individual’s name, date and place of birth, residence, date and place of military registration, source number, and parents’ names.

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Germany, Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Prisoners

This collection, which was provided to MyHeritage by JewishGen, contains records of Jewish prisoners from the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany. Records may include first and last name of the prisoner, date and place of birth, the date of liberation from Bergen-Belsen, and the date and place of death (during or shortly after liberation).

In rare cases, a prisoner’s place of birth can also be his or her last address. The Book of Remembrance follows the principle to include names and dates according to the sources, and because of border changes during the World War II and the renaming of places, some towns and cities have different names.

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Germany, Hesse, Deaths

This collection includes death records and images from several communities that are within the state of today’s Hesse, Germany, between the years 1848 and 1990. These records were indexed and made searchable by MyHeritage. Records include the deceased’s given name, the date and place of birth, sex, and date and place of death. Information about the parents includes given name, surname, and mother’s maiden name.

Dated from October 1874, state appointed registrars of death records of all inhabitants of Prussia, which include many of the communities in this collection. Civil Registry records from Hessian communities that were not part of Prussia begin as early as January 1876. While churches continued to keep traditional records, the State also mandated that the personal or marital status of the entire population be recorded.

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Germany, North Rhine Westphalia (Arnsberg, Detmold, and Münster), Deaths 1874-1938

In partnership with the Landesarchiv Nordrhein Westfalen, the State Archives of North Rhine Westphalia, MyHeritage added 2.6 million historical records and images from the region of Detmold to the North Rhine Westphalia death collection. MyHeritage is the first to index the images from the North Rhine Westphalia death collection with the full support of the Landesarchiv, the State Archives of North Rhine-Westphalia — making the information in the images more accessible and readily searchable than ever before.

Read more about this update in MyHeritage Publishes 11 Million German Historical Records.

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Italy, Diocese of Trento, Catholic Church Baptisms

This collection contains Catholic Church records of baptisms from the Diocese of Trento, Italy between the years 1548 and 1937. Original records are primarily in Latin and Italian. Records include the name of the child, date of birth, date and place of baptism, and the names of the parents.

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Italy, Diocese of Trento, Catholic Church Deaths

This collection contains Catholic Church records of death from the Diocese of Trento, Italy from the years 1567 to 1911. Original documents are primarily in Latin and Italian. Records typically contain the name of the individual, year of birth, date and place of death, names of the parents, and the name of the spouse.

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Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration of Births

This collection from Barano d’Ischia, a municipality in the metropolitan city of Napoli, Italy contains records of civil birth registrations from the years 1809 to 1929. Records typically include the name of the child, gender, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents.

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Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration of Deaths

This collection contains records of civil death registrations between the years 1809 to 1929 from Barano d’Ischia, a municipality in the metropolitan city of Napoli, Italy. Records typically include the name of the deceased, year and place of birth, date and place of death, age at death, names of the parents, and name of the spouse.

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Italy, Teramo, Civil Registration of Births

This collection contains records of civil birth registrations from the Teramo province of Italy between the years 1866 to 1914. Records typically include the name of the child, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents.

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Italy, Teramo, Civil Registration of Deaths

This collection contains records of civil death registrations from the Teramo province of Italy between the years 1866 to 1940. Records typically include the name of the deceased, year and place of birth, date and place of death, the names of the parents, and the spouse’s name

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Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Baptisms 

This collection contains Catholic Church records of baptisms, created by parishes in the district of Porto and Viana do Castelo, Portugal, between the years 1535 and 1949. Original records are located in the Arquivo Distrital de Porto (District Archive of Porto), Portugal. Records typically contain the name of the child born, date and place of baptism, parish and names of parents.

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Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Baptisms

This collection contains Catholic Church records of baptisms, created by parishes in the district of Setúbal, Portugal, between the years 1555 and 1911. Records typically include the name of the child, date and place of baptism and the names of the parents.

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Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Deaths

This collection contains Catholic Church records of death, created by parishes in the district of Setúbal, Portugal, between the years 1555 and 1911. Records typically include the name of the deceased, year of birth, date and place of death, names of the parents, and name of the spouse.

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Romania, Claims Conference

This collection, which was provided to MyHeritage by JewishGen, contains records of Jewish individuals who resided in Romania during World War II. The names in this collection originate from records held in the Central Zionist Archives and Yad Vashem in Israel and compiled by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Records typically contain the name of the individual, date, and place of birth, as well as the place of internment if it is available.

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Scotland, Mental Health Records

The records in this collection originate from a set held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh (MC7 series), titled General Register of Lunatics in Asylums. Records may contain the full name of the patient, the admission date, name of the institution, location within Scotland, and the date of death in cases where a patient died in an asylum.

While the record-keeping commenced in 1858, the first volume contains records of all patients who resided in Scottish asylums on January 1st, 1858, with these patients having been admitted as early as 1807. Many of the patients in this collection spent most of their lives in an asylum. 

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Spain, Córdoba, Municipal Records of Birth

This collection contains birth records microfilmed and digitized at the municipal archives in the province of Córdoba, Spain, between the years 1509 and 1947. Records include the name of the child, the date and place of birth, and the names of the parents.

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Spain, Córdoba, Municipal Records of Death

This collection contains death records microfilmed and digitized at the municipal archives in the province of Córdoba, Spain between the years 1509 and 1947. Records include the name of the deceased, year of birth, date and place of death, age at death, names of the parents, and name of the spouse.

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Spain, Málaga, Municipal Birth Records

This collection contains birth records from the province of Málaga, located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain, between the years 1760 and 1956. Records contain the name of the individual, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents.

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Spain, Málaga, Municipal Records of Deaths

This collection contains a civil registration of deaths from the Spanish province of Malaga, located on the southern mediterranean coast of Spain, between the years 1760 and 1956. Records contain the individual’s name, year of birth, year and place of death, names of the parents, and spouse.

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Spain, Sevilla, Municipal Birth Records

This collection contains municipal records of births from the province of Sevilla, Spain between the years 1293 and 1966. Records contain the name of the individual, date and place of birth, and the names of the parents.

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Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration of Births

This collection contains civil birth registrations from the State Archive of Bern, Switzerland. Records typically contain the name of the child born, date and place of birth, and names of the parents.

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Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration of Deaths

This collection contains records of civil death registrations from Bern, Switzerland between the years 1792 and 1876. Records typically contain the name of the deceased, year of birth, date and place of death, names of the parents and name of the spouse.

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Sub-Carpathia, Jewish Birth Records

This collection, which was provided to MyHeritage by JewishGen, contains Jewish birth records from parts of the former Hungarian counties of Bereg, Máramaros, Ugocsa, and Ung, which are now located in Zakarpats’ka oblast of southwestern Ukraine. Records normally contain an individual’s name, birth year, residence, parents’ names and godfather.

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Compilation of Famous Artists

This collection contains records of artists specializing in painting, photography, sculpting, and more. Most records are of artists who lived in the Netherlands, France, England, Belgium, and Italy. Records include the name and gender of the artist, date and place of birth, date and place of death, and qualifications. Records may also include nationality, activity date and place, education, and family relationships.

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Examples

The census record of actress and singer Bette Midler and her family can be found in the 1950 United States Federal Census collection. The record shares her parents’ names, Fred Middler and Ruth Middler; her father’s occupation, painter at the Navy Yard; the names and ages of her siblings, Judith, 8, Susan, 5, and Daniel, 1; their address in Honolulu, Hawaii; and Bette’s age at the time of the census enumeration: 4 years old.  

Census record of Bette Midler [Credit: MyHeritage 1950 United States Federal Census]

Census record of Bette Midler [Credit: MyHeritage 1950 United States Federal Census]

The record of renowned Belgian artist Eugenius Carolus van Mieghem can be found in the Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration of Births collection. The record shares his date of birth, October 1, 1875; his birthplace, Antwerpen, Belgium; and his father and mother’s names, Henricus Aloysius van Mieghem and Virginia van Damme.

Birth record of Eugenius Carolus van Mieghem [Credit: MyHeritage Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration of Births]

Birth record of Eugenius Carolus van Mieghem [Credit: MyHeritage Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration of Births]

Summary

Our team is increasing the quality and accelerating the quantity of the historical records we publish, to help our users make breakthroughs in their family history research.
Searching the new collections on MyHeritage is free. To view the records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete plan.

If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technologies will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree.

Enjoy the new collections!

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