One resource that has appeared online on FamilySearch is the 1941 census – though officially it wasn’t called a “census”, but rather a “register of residents”, though in practice it functions as a census. It was taken not long after
Riga Tax Lists
More and more Latvian records are going online every day, thanks to FamilySearch and their cooperation with the Latvian State Historical Archives. That’s the good news. The bad news is that sometimes they can be difficult to navigate, because the
New Free Email Course: Understanding Internal Passport Records!
A question a lot of people ask: What is this “List of Latvian Inhabitants (1918-1940)” on Raduraksti? This new free email course will help answer that question! When you first started using Raduraksti, you probably zeroed in on the “Databases”
Genealogy Courses – Now Always Available!
As many of you who have been following this blog for awhile will know, I’ve occasionally run genealogy courses via email, so that more and more of you can learn how to do your research on your own. These have
Give Latvia the Gift of You
As many of you will know, today is November 18, which means it is Latvia’s Independence Day! This year, Latvia celebrates 99 years, which means that next year – 2018 – is the centennial! Celebrating a centennial is a big
Free Email Course!
The most important tool in your arsenal in your Latvian genealogy journey is Raduraksti – but are you really using it to its full potential? If you’re new to Latvian genealogy, the website can be daunting – but don’t worry,
Latvian Genealogy Boot Camp!
So it’s that time of year again – holidays, presents, and soon the New Year! Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? I know one of mine is to get back to blogging more regularly, since I haven’t really had
Debunking Latvian Genealogy Myths: The Records Are All Destroyed!
So today we’re starting a new series of posts, debunking myths about Latvian genealogical research. I did this in brief five years ago, but now we are going to get more in-depth about each of these myths, addressing how they
Mappy Monday – Administrative Divisions?!
One common point of confusion/frustration when it comes to tracking Latvian locations on maps throughout the centuries is the big jumble of administrative divisions. Some have stayed constant and relatively simple – like cities, albeit increasing in size – while
Pay Close Attention to Document Numbers
Many genealogical documents contain not only information about your ancestor, but clues on how to find out even more. But do you know how to read those clues? Documents and records lead to more documents and records. This is a