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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 […]

Three Years!

This blog is three years old today!

As I’ve said in previous blog anniversaries, when I first started this blog, I never imagined that I would get the response that I have. I’ve had people contact me from all over the world to share their stories, ask questions and solve the riddles of their family trees.

It […]

It’s That Time Again!

I will be heading to Latvia again in the fall, so I am available to help you in a variety of different ways.

The different services I can offer are outlined in this post from last winter. All prices in Canadian dollars. Send email to: (Note: this is an image to prevent spam. You will […]

Mention in Family Tree Magazine!

A few weeks ago, I was looking at my blog statistics, and I found that people had clicked on links from the Family Tree Magazine website to get to my blog. I’d never seen links from there before, so I went over to investigate… and discovered that I’d been named one of the Top 40 […]

Latvian Genealogy Primer - Part 2

Part 2 – Genealogical Sources

After reading Part 1 of this primer, and the historical context of Latvian emigration, now it is time to move to genealogical sources – the resources that you can use to trace your Latvian ancestry.

What You Need to Know About Latvian Genealogy

Most records are in Russian or German prior to the […]

Latvian Genealogy Primer - Part 1

Ready to move on to genealogical sources? See Part 2 of this primer here.

Part 1 – Historical Context

What You Need to Know about Latvia

Latvia is a country in northeastern Europe, bordered by Estonia, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. The official language is Latvian, an Indo-European language of the Baltic branch, related to Lithuanian. Latvia has a […]

Support This Site, Support My Trip!

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be heading to Latvia in January for four months, doing an internship at the Latvians Abroad Museum and Research Centre. I’m going to have a lot of interesting and exciting things to do while I’m there, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated about the different activities going on.

However, […]