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Planning a Summer Trip?

Summer is in full swing, and this starts to be the time when many Latvian emigrants and their descendants make a summer trip to the homeland. Will that be you?

Latvia is a beautiful place to visit in the summer, especially the countryside. Also remember that this year Rīga is one of the European Capitals of […]

Missed Diary Entries

With everything that has been going on, I missed posting two of the diary entries from my great-great-aunt’s First World War diary. I have now posted and backdated them, so you can go back to take a look: November 25, 1916 and November 30, 1916. Sorry about that! The rest will be published as planned.

Time for the Third Puzzle!

What do you have to solve this week? Just a simple keyword puzzle. By solving this puzzle, you’ll reveal the tools that you need to solve the puzzles *within* the “A President For His Country” short story, which is coming soon!

Advance knowledge on how to solve the puzzles will be a great asset – you’ll […]

Come Solve The Next Puzzle!

The newest puzzle is available on my fiction site!

This time, you will be revealing the name of the short story – and by doing so, find your way to the prologue of the story!

As before, first ten comments get a free story-themed bookmark! Good luck solving it!

What Are You Looking For?

This blog has been going for over three and a half years! Over the years, I’ve made a number of different posts, and I’ve decided to put this post together to highlight some key posts that are particularly useful for helping you find your Latvian ancestors. This is intended to help new visitors to this […]

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 […]

Latvians Abroad Calendar Giveaway

I’ve run into a small problem here with the calendar giveaway…. five entries, but only four calendars.

So I’ve decided to resolve this situation by asking a series of questions… let’s see how much people have been paying attention!

What is the URL for the Latvian historical newspaper website?
What does “tautas skaitīšana” mean?
What sort of documents might […]

Win a Latvians Abroad Calendar!

Want to get your hands on a 2013 calendar from the “Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research Centre”? You can win one here!

I am giving away four calendars from this great institution, one that I’ve been working with for the past year. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this […]

The New Latvian Surname Project is Live!

After six months of hard work and fiddling around with the new software, I’m proud to present the all-new version of the Latvian Surname Project!

What’s new…

… you can browse surnames by parish!
… you can see old spellings of the surnames!
… you can see how the surnames would appear in Cyrillic!
… you can look at surnames […]

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 […]