I was looking around on Raduraksti, and I saw that they have posted what appears to be the full collection of the revision lists for rural Kurland (modern-day Kurzeme and Zemgale). They can be accessed by going “Saturs” -> “Dvēseļu revīzijas” -> “Lauku teritorijas”.
Revision lists are a great resource that take the place of censuses [...]
In my last post, a reader requested that I talk about records after 1905. So here we go!
There are lots of different types of records available for the post-1905 period – however, as of right now, none of them are available online. The main online genealogical resource for Latvian records – religious records on Raduraksti [...]
So after puzzling through the various alphabets and orthographies, you have been able to establish what your ancestors’ names would have looked like back in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. This is a great first step towards tracking them back through the years.
Now you get to do the same for the places they lived! [...]
I’ll admit, this post is long overdue. It should have been one of the first posts on this blog. But it is here now!
For the purposes of this post, I am assuming several things. The main assumption is that you have utilized all of the records in the place where your Latvian ancestor migrated to [...]
I first read about the International Tracing Service about a year ago when searching for more information about post-World War Two Displaced Persons Camps. According to their website, their history starts in London in 1943, as a tracing bureau for people missing due to war. After the war, they continued to work to identify and [...]
[This post was written for the 26th edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy, hosted by Jessica's Genejournal.]
There are thousands of people in the West with Latvian ancestry. Many are searching for their Latvian ancestors, but often encounter a variety of misconceptions about Latvian genealogical research, or don’t know where to start.
Through the website Periodika, the Latvian National Library offers digital scans of newspapers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most newspaper editions available are from the 1920s and 1930s.
The user interface is available in Latvian and in English, though, obviously, the newspapers themselves are in Latvian (with the exception of one German-language and [...]
I make many references to LVVA’s Raduraksti. It is the best resource for people researching their Latvian family history if they’re not able to go to the LVVA itself. The collection of documents available there is growing – recently they also added revision lists for some towns and cities.
But the website can be a bit [...]
[This post is written for the 24th edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy, hosted by Al's Polish-American Genealogy Research.]
The topic for this Carnival is Tips, Tricks and Websites.
I’ve already outlined the websites useful for Latvian research, but I’ll list them here again, with some other potentially useful websites:
LVVA’s “Raduraksti” – the [...]
I will be in Latvia in five weeks (currently in London, slowly making my way through northern Europe towards Latvia), and while there, I will be visiting the Latvian State Historical Archives (LVVA; the archives that sponsors “Raduraksti”, which I have mentioned before).
As such, it has come time that I establish my priorities in determining [...]