My research efforts regarding the DeBacker family are described in Small World, Isn't It...

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Introduction
All of my ancestors came over from Western Europe: the Bannon family came from Northern Ireland, the Prothro's from Wales, the DeBacker's from Belgium, the Kollros family from Baden (Germany), and the Gaume's from northeastern France. In tracing my family's roots beyond the shores of America, I have barely scratched the surface...
A Brief History of Flanders
I was fascinated to learn that my 5th great-grandfather was named Jacques (Jacobus) De Backer and that he lived in the first half of the 18th century in east Flanders (Oost-Vlanderen), but it was not enough to merely know that Jacobus begat Judocus, Judocus begat Andreas, and so forth. It was important to try to put a face on these people by understanding who they were and where they lived. In order to do this it was important to the learn the history of the land that these people had lived in for numerous centuries...
The City of Ronse
In the late Middle Ages, western European society was made up of four classes of people: the Nobility, the Clergy, the Peasants, and a relatively new and emerging class called the Bourgeois. The fourth class was made of merchants and artisans who had separated themselves from the land and made their living dealing in cash and commodities...
The DeBacker Family
The very earliest that I have been able to trace my lineage on my father's side is back to one Hermes Van Coppenolle who lived in Flanders in the early 1500's...
Belgium
    Events in Belgium

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