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Fire at Rīga Castle

Last night, just after 10pm local time, a fire broke out on the roof of the Castle of Rīga, which spread to several floors over the next few hours, burning several thousand square metres of area (some estimates say 3200 square metres, mostly the roof, attic and the third and fourth floors). The extent of [...]

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 [...]

Calling All Descendants of Wisconsin Latvians!

Was one of your ancestors an early Latvian migrant to the United States that settled in Wisconsin in the late 19th and early 20th century (roughly between 1885 and 1910)? More specifically the rural northern county of Lincoln? Were they a member of the Latvian community in Gleason or the surrounding area?

If so, I want [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

I’m Back!

Sorry for my long absence, this last semester of classes has just been extremely time-consuming. But everything has been submitted, and there is only one component left to my program prior to graduation in the spring – completing my internship!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently studying Applied Museum Studies. This means my internship needs to [...]

Latvians Abroad Museum and Research Centre

I came across this initiative awhile ago, though I can’t remember where: “Latvieši Pasaulē – Muzejs un Pētniecības Centrs” (Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research Centre in English, LaPa-MPC for short).

Their goal is to create a museum in Latvia about the Latvian diaspora – Latvians who have left Latvia and settled elsewhere in the world, [...]