To all new and old members, if you go to "familienaam.be", you will get a map of Belgium with a square on the left down corner. Fill in a name in the square and the map will how many with that name exist anno 1998 in Belgium. The villages also will change color according to numbers in that villages.
You will have the same for Holland if you go to "www.meertens.knaw.nl" but a little better, with the curser pointing on a villages it will give its name aswel.
You will also have the same for France if you go to "notre famille" and then take "genealogie.com"
If you take a horizontal line acros Belgium, accros Brussels, you will have the language divide between the north (=Flemish speaking) and the south Waloon's (French speaking).
Thats why you have to check France and Holland, because of language and WW1 you sometime get an overspill to other countries.
With you recherche you also might check facebook (ask all) and the white phonedirectory (= ask for total Belgium).
With the language-divide you have also a divide in recordskeeping. The Flemish records are kept in depot in Beveren, and the French records are kept in Louvan la Neuve. They do not researche for you, if you want help you have to ask someone who is able to go to the depots. I myself am able to check Beveren, but for Louvan la Neuve I have to take the train or car because it about 100 km from where I live.
For your own good I advice you to read as many books about genealogy as you can, the public librairies will provide.
For the south part of Belgium check the French speaking sociaty "office genealogique et heraldique de Belgique" or "service de centralisation des etudes genealogogiques et demographiques de Belgiques". Check their websites if any.
When us genealocal persons ask for your number of the one you ask info for, we mean the number in the Ancestral Chart.