originating in modern-day Belgium and
Emigration to the United States and Canada
My father, Henri X. Kaye, was always interested in our family tree. I remember that he showed me his first sketches
of our family tree when I was growing up in Florida in the late 1970's. By the time he retired in 1991, I had moved to
live and work in Europe. After researching and trying out the available genealogy software, I bought him Family Tree Maker
and we set about researching our family tree. It became our hobby and gave us many hours together searching the
archives, listening to his stories about our family, and wondering about the gaps in the information we had. Dad lived to be 90 years
old passing away in 2017. The picture was taken in Grez Doiceau (near Hamme-Mille) during his visit to Belgium in 2013. Lots of good
Our family originates from Belgium, specifically in the town of Hamme-Mille in Brabant. We have expanded our family tree
to include 1,905 names including 552 Kayes as far back as the early 1600`s. A substantial number of these
have been verified using the microfilms at the State Archives in Belgium.
Most of the Kayes belong to one of four lines each originating in present-day Belgium. I have named
each line after the city in which it originates.
Hamme-Mille (248 Kayes) - Joannis Kaye born between 1690-1705 (I am descended from this line.)
Hougarden (37 Kayes) - Jean Kaye born 1754
Tohogne (93 Kayes) - Jacque Joseph Kaye born between 1750-1760
Palenge (43 Kayes) - Francois Kaye born 1796
Today there are about 119 Kayes listed in the Belgian telephone directory. I compared the telephone
numbers to the individuals in my family tree. The table below shows how many of the individuals come from each of the
39 (33% of 119)
The name Kaye appears in region of present-day Belgium as early as the 13th century. Since there are
relatively few Kayes (119 according to the telephone records) living in Belgium today, I believe that it will
be possible to relate all of the Kayes to a single ancestor.
This site is organized into sections:
Genealogy; Kaye Family Tree and related
An excellent source of information for my research has been the
State Archives in Belgium which makes records that are
older than 100 years available to the public. Whereever possible, I have tried to base my
research on original documents. Earlier the State Archives maintained several web pages
in English. At the moment however, the site is only available in Dutch and French.
An excellent source for any information relating to the archives in Belgium is the website of
He has done a superb job of collecting information and keeping it up-to-date.