Eight descendants of Paul Splingaerd were invited to participate in the ceremonies on August 26th in the city of Lanzhou, China, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First Steel Bridge Across the Yellow River, now known as Zhongshan Qiao. And, they are are given......
This site is dedicated to sharing knowledge about the famous Belgian Mandarin, Paul Splingaerd, and his descendants around the world.
Paul was a poor farm boy from the Belgian countryside who went to China in 1865. He became an official in the Qing government and devoted his time there to improving relations between his native and his adoptive countries. Paul and his Chinese wife, Catherine Tchao Li, have over 300 descendants in almost every continent of this planet.
Paul’s great granddaughter, Anne Splingaerd Megowan, published a biography of her illustrious ancestor, The Belgian Mandarin, in 2008. In the course of her thirteen years of research leading to the publication of the book, she learned about fellow descendants, and is sharing her knowledge through this site. Read more...
This website is produced in collaboration with amateur genealogist Christian Goens, creator and webmaster of a primarily French language site in Belgium, http://www.goens-pourbaix.be/feuilles-style/Lin-chen.htm. His site is a virtual museum of all things Splingaerd — information, documents, and a treasury of images relating to Paul and the increasing number of progeny who can be found in 17 countries and on all the continents. Christian is a distant relative of a man who married one of Paul’s granddaughters.
We have now built a backup to Christian’s site, hosted on the Splingaerd.net server. You can reach it at Christian’s Backup. Contact Anne for the protected area password and the protected file password.
We welcome your interest, and invite you to share any Splingaerd information you have. If you happen to be a relative not included in the family tree, do contact us.