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For the purpose of identifying property owners, names of persons included in the Popp matrices were entered into databases. These files were created by the projects POPPKAD and West-Vlaanderen verpoppt in collaboration with Heemkunde West-Flanders. They include the names of owners and usufructuaries of real estate located in the provinces of Antwerp, Brabant, Hainaut, East- and West-Flanders at some point in the period 1843-1873. These lists are a useful tool for local historians, genealogists and other researchers. The database functions as an index on the Popp matrices, which are difficult to use due to a lack of indexes. For each personal name in the database, the municipality and the item number are indicated where information about the immovable property of the person in question can be found.

The POPPKAD database is still under construction. It has 534,000 cadastral items with 560,000 surnames originating from 1,253 municipalities. The available municipalities are divided per province as follows:

Names register based on the Popp matrices: summary of available municipalities

Province   Number of municipalities Years
Antwerp     87 (all Popp matrices)1867-1871
Brabant   2791858-1864
Hainaut   3501861-1873
East-Flanders   290 (all Popp matrices)1859-1864
West-Flanders   247 (all Popp matrices)1843-1852
1862 (Bruges city)

Access to the names register
Overview map of indexed municipalities
Why doesn't the names register cover all municipalities?
Where can I find real estate details related to the missing municipalities?