Main Structure Website
AEZEL.EU provides the answers to questions such as Who?/What?When?Where? Our unique tool makes it also possible to combine any of these search queries.
Our homepage can be identified by the following main structure. The key to our format are the basic questions to which we are all in search of: Who?What?Where? Of course When and Why are equally important, however the disclosed facts will reveal this information accordingly.
- 'Explore' the topics Who? (People) What? (Sources) and Objects?
Under Who? (People) you can browse through the genealogical database with unprecedented volume (Formerly known as AlleLimburgers) often presenting a direct link to the scans of the original records - which can also be downloaded.
Under What? (or - Sources) you can find the records / registers of the public archives in our province, but ultimately (the aim is short or mid term) this could also redirect you to records of historical societies, associations or individuals grouped around a specific theme. Audio files and video files are also seen as sources, not only ‘paper’ !
‘Objects’ is not yet an active search option. However it is in an advanced stage of development and offers the possibility to view collections of all kind digitally, accompanied by images and text (including in the long term the option to link to the genealogical and geographical databases within AEZEL.EU.
- ‘Discover’ the topics ‘Genealogy’, ‘Heritage’ and ‘Geography’.Here one can find stories, connections and visualizations.
‘Geography’ is filled with various data projects with a geographical component. Examples are Minute Plans, Burial Sites, Stolpersteine and the time lapse ‘Scheiding van Limburg’ (the Separation of Limburg’) on our website. A visual timeline/time lapse about the governmental organisation of Limburg, projected on a colour coded map, (ultimately leading to the seperate Belgian Limburg and Dutch Limburg).
‘Heritage’ offers the possibility to include ‘Stories’ and this section now contains a few examples by means of introduction. Also ‘Objects and collections’ is a Heritage section being prepared. For both above mentioned topics the option to Geo-reference is presently being researched. Including the possibility to enable local history societies to upload and manage their stories and collections within AEZEL.EU.
Geneaology is not yet an active function but will in time for example, contain a family tree search engine or at a later stage be filled with the details of the innovative project History of Habitation Broeksittard. The latter project could also be incorporated in Geography because it contains all the components of Who?, What?, Where? and When?.
In addition a statistical module is in preparation, which could lead to unexpected and surprising results seeing its sheer data volume.
The section People on our home page consists of a database, based upon the original website ‘All Limburgers’ made by LGGI in which genealogical key data is incorporated:
- General Register Office (GRO – Dutch:Burgelijke Stand) (since 1796)
• Population records (dating back to 1850)
• Baptism-, Christening- (or Circumcision-), Marriage- and Burial records (dating back to around 1560).
In general archives are made public after about 20 years. However there are exceptions, namely for data protection reasons as privacy issues are at stake. For example, notary records are only made public after about 75 years. Records of births, marriages and deaths have even stricter disclosure rules. For example, certificates of birth are only published after 100 years, certificates of marriages after 75 years and records of deaths after 50 years. Disclosure dates of Church records (Parish records) are published in line with current legislation
AEZEL offers a search engine for all available sources, often accompanied by downloadable scans of the authentic documents. In fact the section called “Sources/ “What?” is not not intend as a search module for genealogical facts, these can be found under the button “People”. Ultimately “Sources/What?’’ is the ‘back office’ of the system.
The base of the Aezel.eu database are the initial Cadastre registers of 1842 whereby the detailed on specific maps have been made interactive and have been coupled to current maps. A system called ‘Geo-referencing’. The accompanying registers are being uploaded, wherever possible to the present.
One can view the history of plots of land and premises in great detail by using the additional maps showing the complete history of the plots and premises belonging to one person. With only a few mouse clicks you can see who owned what between 1842 and 1970.
Also special geographical elements or assets, which are mentioned in the registers are made visible, both large or small, in other words from oven (often a traditional bakehouse) to castle. See the information page under the reference Minute plans under the button Geography. The first few examples are the Oude Begraafplaats Roermond (Old Cemetery) the Stolpersteine in Sittard-Geleen and the Separation of Limburg Time Lapse.
It is the aim of Aezel.eu to follow people from the cradle to the grave, both genealogically as geographically. That is why detailed information about the cemeteries in Limburg can be incorporated into our database.
The Old Cemetery in Roermond (Locally known as the Aaje Kirkhoaf- near the chapel in ‘t Zand) has been Geo-referenced and digitized with a funding by the city Roermond and has been incorporated within Aezel.eu. This is why you are immediately linked to this site when choosing the option cemeteries. If one zooms out on the accompanying map the entire province of Limburg can be viewed. Who will follow?
Stolpersteine, literary stumbling blocks, in this case brass plaques or remembrance pavement stones, which have been placed in many towns and cities on the pavement outside of the former homes of Jews or Roma/Sinti, commemorating those who were abducted and killed during the time The Netherlands was occupied by the Nazi’s in World War II.
Originally ‘Stolpersteine’ was an art project created by artist Günther Demnig, as a commemoration to the holocaust, currently an initiative followed by more than a hundred towns and cities throughout Europe, to keep the memory alive of all the people who were killed. The project “Stolpersteine Sittard-Geleen” was adopted and co-funded by the Province. Will you join us?
‘The separation of Limburg’
In this time lapse the governmental and administrative organisation of Limburg, dating back to the Napoleonic era until its collapse in 1839, is visualised on a colour coded map. Details are based on a publication by Dr. E.M.Th.W. Nuyens, published in 1956 and the accompanying atlas.
A second timeline/time lapse indicating the different governing and administrative bodies of Limburg and its rulers, dating back from the Holy Roman Empire to the present is currently being developed.