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finding an old house address

by davidmoore

My great grand father was born and raised in Menen. I will be in Brussels for work and i will be making a trip to Menen. I would like to see where he called home if it is still there. Late 1800's to early 1900's. I figured I would start at a public library, but any help would be great. Also, I would take any advice about the city it self.

Thank you,

David Moore

RE: finding an old house address

by irisbe

You might take information at the local city hall of maybe old church registers might be helpful as well.
There might be still people living who's ancestors remembered your grand father?
Or you might check if there is a local Heemkundige Kring, that is an organisation who is working on the local history of the place.
Their name is: Heemkundige Kring 'Rembry Barth'.
the url of Menen is
interesting there is the link to ARCHIEF (there is a e-mail adres where you can write too)
they might have information of citizens who lived there.

succes :)

Good luck :)

RE: finding an old house address

by JosM

First try to find out the correct year of the emigration. On the site of Ellis Island you may find out when he arrived in the States:

That will make it easier to start your search locally.

Travel Tips for Menen

The houses

by tompt

Walking the street of Menen look at some of the houses you pass. Just like in every Belgium town the houses are all different. Not all special, but not ,like in our country, the same per block.

The picture is a block of houses along the Lange Straat.

Famous people from Menen

by tompt

More or less famous and from Menen:
Jan Andries Vander Mersch born on 10 januari 1734 in Menen. He liked all things militairy and became a volunteer in the french army. He got some medals in the 7 year war. In 1778 he signed for the austrian army. The radical changes of emperor Jozef II lead to resistance of the people, aristocracy and the church. J.A. Vander Mersch at that moment not in service was persuaded to fight with these patriots. He became general, and fought against the well trained austrian army. At 27 oktober 1789 the patriots won the Battle at Turnhout. The austrians were soon driven out of the low countries. The belgian republic was born. Another movement gained power and they put the general in prison in Antwerpen for not joining this movement. In december 1790 the austrians regained the south of the low countries. And the general of the first belgian independant army died 14 september 1792.
In 1992 he got his own statue at the Vander Mersch plein in Menen.

Taste a "Ne GOEN" (translate: the good one)

by wandeljp

Taste a "Ne GOEN" (translate: the good one)

High fermentation beer making 8 ° alcohol fermented in the bottle. To my knowledge not anywhere else drink that here. On the bottle label refers to the giants of the city, the Belfry and the wheel symbol of the city.

The name came from a phrase in the region mean that if you drink, drink good!

Like all beers in Belgium, Ne Goen uses in its own glass. These are manufactured in Italy and have a beautiful elegance.

This is a beer from the brewery Van Steenberghe at Ertvelde .


Bière de haute fermentation tirant 8° d'alcool refermentée en bouteille. Ne se boit à ma connaissance qu'ici. Sur la bouteille l'étiquette évoque les géants de la ville ainsi que le Beffroi et la roue emblématique de la ville.

Le nom viens d'une expression courante dans la région signifiant que si on boit, on boit du bon !

Comme toutes les bières en Belgique, Ne Goen se sert dans son propre verre. Ceux-ci sont fabriqués en Italie et sont d'une belle élégance.

C'est la brasserie Van Steenberghe à Ertvelde qui la fabrique.


special horseroute

by tompt

And if you don't like to do the walking yourself, there is also a special route for horses in Menen. It is called the Roterij-ruiterpad. It leads through the valley of the Leie river between Menen and Kortrijk. The route starts at the Leie near 't Bekenhof and Top Horse. If you come with a trailer you can use the parkinglot of the riding school Top Horse.

Menen, the unknown

by tompt

When we first told our belgian friends we were going to Menen, they were surprised. Menen? Where is Menen, what is there to see or do in Menen, some replied. Another one knew where it was and was even more surprised. Menen is not exactly a city tourists pick for a 5 day trip. But then we started to investigate. And Menen turned out to be a city with some unknown treasures. In the picture above you see the cityhall and bellfry. The belfry dates back to 1574, and is together with other flamish belfries on the Unesco World Heritage list.

Menen is also a great places to make hikes or bike rides from.
There are some routes available from the tourist office:
Rijselstraat 77 , B-8930 Menen
Tel. 056/53.23.63
open : tuesday-sunday 14.00 - 18.00
website: (available in English, French, German and Dutch)

And Menen is also close to the Flanders Fields, where fierce battles of the Great War (the first world war) were fought. West of Menen you will find many graveyards and remembrance sites from the Common Wealth. Menen was soon occupied by the Germans and it is here the largest German Graveyard is located. 48049 Germans are buried here (and not 47864 as the sign at the entrance states) .


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