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Tuesday’s Tip: House Books

A wonderful resource for researching Latvian genealogy is the house book collection at the Latvian State Historical Archives. They are available in fond 2942 for Rīga and in fond 2110 for the rest of Latvia.

During the Czarist era, as well as during the interwar period, every residential building in Latvia had to keep a record [...]

Search for Anna Liepa: Update

So last month I posted a “Plan of Attack” for finding more about the origins of my great-grandmother Anna Liepa. So, how has it gone?

Not all that well, I’m afraid.

The house book for Romanova iela 62/64 did not yield any results for anyone in her family, nor did any books for 62/66.
The tax lists of [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Post-Winter Hijinks, c. 1949

The results of last week’s snowball fight…. my grandmother and great-aunt are covered in snow, while it appears that my great-uncle has escaped serious snow damage. My grandfather has taken over holding the camera, who knows what he looks like!

Wordless Wednesday – Winter Hijinks, c. 1949

My great-uncle Jānis, my great-aunt Marta and my grandfather Aleks about to get up to some winter hijinks during what I believe is their first winter in Canada, c. 1949. Pay attention to the snowball in my grandfather’s hands! See the results of that snowball next week!