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Languages in the Records

If in the course of your research you have come across a Latvian ancestor, and you do not speak Latvian, you may feel like you have hit a big stumbling block to continuing your research.

Good news! The block may not be as big as you think. You may not need to know any Latvian at [...]

Welcome!

There are advantages to having your family roots lying in a small country – less area to cover in genealogical searches, for instance, as well as a smaller population and ease of travel to visit cemeteries and ancestral towns.

However, actually finding the sources of information available can sometimes be difficult in these cases, especially if [...]