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Wordless Wednesday – School Play, 1925

Photograph of what is probably a school play or skit of some kind at the primary school in Krustpils, c. 1925. My grandmother is the girl in the middle of the first row.

Surname Saturday - Government Approved, Part 4

It’s been six months since I posted one of these lists… well, better late than never! The summer was very busy, and I moved, and only now have I recovered where I put these papers.

Onto the names! As before, these come from a list published in 1822 by the governing authorities in Latvia, encouraging the […]

Marriage of Zenta Lūkina and Juris Celmiņš - October 9, 1943

My grandparents Zenta Lūkina and Juris Celmiņš got married on this day in 1943. I do not have their marriage certificate yet, but I do have several other documents that attest to this date as their marriage.

I do, however, have this photograph from their wedding:

I don’t know how Zenta and Juris met, though I have […]

Wordless Wednesday – Fishwife Statue, Copenhagen

My grandfather Aleksandrs Francis with the Fishwife Statue in Copenhagen, Denmark, c. 1945-1948.

Fishwife Statue. Taken by me, November 2009.

Death Record of Jēkabs Šīrs – October 4, 1923

Click for full image. Image courtesy of a cousin from my Lūkins family line.

Fishing manager JĒKABS ŠĪRS, 61 1/2 years old, born in Aloja, divorced.

Died on October 4, 1923, at 10 o’clock in the evening in Rīnuži.

Buried October 14, 1923 at the Baltās Baznīcas (White Church) cemetery.

Daugavgrīva church book, 1923 deaths, #53.

Jēkabs Šīrs was my […]