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Tombstone Tuesday – Walter Family

In this series, I am providing pictures of tombstones from Latvian cemeteries, all with death dates prior to 1945. I do not have any further information on the people mentioned.

We have a German one today, most of my other Tombstone Tuesdays have been in Latvian. However, Germans have lived in Latvia for the past 800 [...]

T is for Tartu

So again, the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge has the name of a city that is not in Latvia. But this time it is closer to home – Tartu is a city in Estonia, which, at the time of the Russian Empire, was a part of the province of Livland, which, as I’ve mentioned [...]

Š is for Šanhaja

“Šanhaja” is the Latvian name for “Shanghai”. But wait – why is a Chinese city a topic on a Latvian genealogy blog?

A year or so ago, the idea of Latvians in China might have seemed a bit strange to me too. But as I learned through my work with Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research [...]

2013 LaPa Calendars for Sale!

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll be familiar with the Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research Centre (Latvian name “Latvieši pasaulē – muzejs un pētniecības centrs”, from which the short form LaPa is formed). I worked at this budding museum this past winter to fulfill the internship requirements for my Applied Museum [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Francis Family Portrait

I was at a cemetery this weekend, visiting and photographing the grave of my great-grandfather’s sister, and happened to meet a relative I had never met before! This relative was an elderly lady who was the daughter of one of my great-grandfather’s other sisters. We met again on Monday, and she gave me all of [...]

S is for Social Estate

As promised during M is for Manorial Estate, now we have S is for Social Estate for the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge!

While Manorial Estate was all about the countryside, Social Estate is primarily about the cities. Technically, social estate existed in the countryside as well, but there the division was quite clear – [...]

Tombstone Tuesday – Kārlis Rozenbergs, 1856-1909

In this series, I am providing pictures of tombstones from Latvian cemeteries, all with death dates prior to 1945. I do not have any further information on the people mentioned.

Photo taken by me, September 2012. Click to enlarge.

Name: Kārlis Rozenbergs, born January 6, 1856, died March 28, 1909

Bottom Inscription: “Esi uzticīgs līdz nāvei, tad [...]

R is for Raduraksti

But wait, what about Q? Well, the Latvian alphabet doesn’t have a Q, so R is the next letter of the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge! This is only the first letter I’m skipping, and being as I’ve done a lot of extra ones for the extra letters in the Latvian alphabet, I think [...]

Tombstone Tuesday – Kristaps Piens, ?-1917

In this series, I am providing pictures of tombstones from Latvian cemeteries, all with death dates prior to 1945. I do not have any further information on the people mentioned.

Photo taken by me, September 2012. Click to enlarge.

Name: Kristaps Piens, died August 21, 1917

Bottom Inscription: “Tas pļaujas kungs zin lauku, lauz vārpu gatavu” (The man [...]

P is for Parish

Let’s continue the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge!

The important word of the day is “parish” – and in Latvian, it has a name with a P too – “pagasts”. Now, this refers to civil parishes, rather than religious ones. A religious parish or congregation in Latvian would be called a “draudze”.

There are hundreds of [...]