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Tombstone Tuesday – Krišjānis Skricfreijs, 1820-1895

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, April 2012. Click to enlarge.

Name: Krišjānis Skricfreijs (old orthography Cristjahn Skritzfreij), born January 15, 1820, died June 14, 1895

Inscription: “Esi uzticīgs līdz [...]

Tombstone Tuesday – Jānis Opsis, 1865-1930

In this series, I am providing pictures of tombstones from Latvian cemeteries, all with death dates prior to 1945. Usually I don’t have any more information on the people, but this time I do!

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

Top Inscription: “Savam mīļam mācītājam” (“For our dear minister”)

Name: Jānis Opsis, born February 7, [...]

Tombstone Tuesday - Strazdiņš Family

In this series, I am sharing photographs that I took of graves while I was in Latvia. All have death dates prior to 1945, and I have no further information on the people mentioned.

Names: Mārtiņš Strazdiņš, born September 9, 1841, died May 4, 1896; Matilda Daugan born Strazdiņš, born October 24, 1870, died October 24, [...]

Tombstone Tuesday - Putniņš Family

In the coming weeks, Tombstone Tuesday will be featuring Latvian tombstones that I photographed while in Latvia. I only photographed tombstones with death dates prior to 1945, to maintain privacy. I have no further information on these people besides what is found on the tombstone.

Mysteries Revealed – And Created

So today was my second day, and first full day, at the Latvian State Historical Archives.

I was able to view the passports I mentioned in my previous post, belonging to Pēteris Celmiņš and Anna Celmiņa (born Liepa), and confirmed that they are the correct individuals, and thus able to add their information to my family [...]