Big announcement today – Starting on February 9th, I will be running an online 12-week beginners’ course on Latvian genealogy, where we will start with the basics of Latvian research using online sources.
I know getting into the records can feel intimidating, especially if you don’t know the languages involved. But we were all beginners once, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
… 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 […]