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Questions? Surnames? One-Name Studies? One-Place Studies? All Here!

Looking for information on what your surname means, but it isn’t listed in the Latvian Surname Project?

Have a question about Latvian genealogy that doesn’t specifically relate to a post here, but not sure where to post it?

Interested in starting a One-Name or One-Place Study for a Latvian name or parish, but a bit intimidated as to how to get started, and looking for other participants?

Look no further – Today I am unveiling my newest website feature: a forum! There you can ask your questions, connect with other people researching the same names and places, and we can build a good research community over there. The forum is intended to provide a place where people can talk about Latvian genealogy, history and research beyond the initial “getting started” stage (though if you have those questions too, don’t be shy – just read the posts that I’ve mentioned in the “Questions and Answers” forum first to see if your question has already been answered), so sign up and join in! Edit: The joining process will require you to answer a question on Latvian surnames (to try and prevent spam, see below for other measures taken): The answers are available on the Facebook page or the Latvian Surname Project.

When you request a forum for a surname or parish, I will also let you know if there is already work being done in Latvian on the topic you are researching – there are quite a few groups in Latvia engaged in “novadpētniecība” (researching parishes/districts) in a number of different parishes, so hopefully the research can be connected together.

If you have another idea for a forum, let me know and I’ll set it up!

EDIT: Due to spam (already?!) appearing in the forum, I have enabled the setting to require admin approval before a user account can be registered. Please let me know if I reject you in error. Thank you.

EDIT #2: Due to continuing attempts at spam account creation, and the fact that this is starting to cut into my time, I have blocked the email domains for the worst offenders. These include a number of Russian domains, and I know there are a number of people in Russia who are interested in Latvian genealogy, so if this is the case for you and you are thus unable to register for a forum account, please leave a comment here or send me an email with the stated reason for your interest and your email address/preferred username, and I will set up an account for you manually. Sorry for the extra steps, blame the spammers who use those email domains. Thank you.

5 comments to Questions? Surnames? One-Name Studies? One-Place Studies? All Here!

  • Pauline

    Brilliant! This is just what we need. Thank you.

  • ellen

    The All Russian census of 1895-97 lists the name Michel Widman as inhabitants of Kreuzburg(Krustpils). Eleven members of the family emigrated to the US in 1895 after the mother (Haya) died in childbirth. The family is listed as a landlord and owner of own house. Does anyone know anything about the name? In the US they became Wiedman.

  • How do I sign in to post a new topic for a surname?

  • mitzi

    Herta Rosine Juurikas
    Birth: October 3, 1895
    Immediate Family:
    Daughter of Toomas Juurikas and Emilie Caroline Juurikas
    Mother of (No Name)
    Sister of Ernst Voldemar Juurikas and Karl Alfred Juurikas

    I´´ m looking fore my grandfathers sister, if she got any subling who could bee alive
    She was borne in Tartu and Moved to Riga 1897-8
    my grandfather was
    Ernst Voldemar Juurikas
    Place of Burial: Riga, Latvia
    Birth: November 25, 1891
    Riga, st Jacob, Latvia
    Death: December 6, 1949 (58)
    Latvia (Hipertonija)
    Immediate Family:
    Son of Toomas Juurikas and Emilie Caroline Juurikas
    Partner of Maja Degute
    Father of Igor Juurikas and Tanja Linde´n
    Brother of Karl Alfred Juurikas and Herta Rosine Juurikas

  • Alex

    Please tell me where to write.. I have many ancestors from Latvia. One document of birthdate in 1878 year.. The family name is Kalinins.. My target is to add my surname to Latgalian`s names list. What to do?

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