Census records are typically heralded as the Holy Grail of genealogical documents: Family groups, relationships, ages, occupations, and more, easily accessible (as long as there is a search function, or if you know precisely where they lived) right at your fingertips.
Clearly, whoever says this has never tried finding anyone in the city of Rīga in [...]
Summer is in full swing, and this starts to be the time when many Latvian emigrants and their descendants make a summer trip to the homeland. Will that be you?
Latvia is a beautiful place to visit in the summer, especially the countryside. Also remember that this year Rīga is one of the European Capitals of [...]
Time for Week 22 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge! As noted in my first post of this challenge, I am starting with my most ancient known ancestors.
This was supposed to be another one of the “find the maiden name of a female ancestor using more roundabout methods”, but I tried this with [...]
Okay, so admittedly, I’m late with this post, since the database I’m going to talk about came online a few months ago, but with the other projects I’ve got going on, I hadn’t gotten around to this post yet. Better late than never!
If you’ve been paying attention to Raduraksti over the past few months, you’ll [...]
Time for Week 10 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge! As noted in my first post of this challenge, I am starting with my most ancient known ancestors.
This week’s ancestors is Ēde Jansone, born May 27, 1845, died sometime after 1897. She is my great-great-great-grandmother, by way of my paternal grandmother’s paternal grandmother [...]
Time for Week 4 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge! As noted in my first post of this challenge, I am starting with my most ancient known ancestors. Like last week, however, this week’s ancestor is more recent.
My great-grandmother Anna Liepa (born September 22, 1895, and died June 20, 1987) is the only [...]
I’ve decided to join the challenge posted by Amy of No Story Too Small, the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge of writing a blog post each week about an ancestor. In Amy’s words, “have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an [...]
I was looking through old blog posts recently, and realized that I started a series of posts on my great-grandfathers (almost four years ago now), but that I never finished the series. I only talked about one of my great-grandfathers!
So I’m going to finish this series now, and I will start by expanding on the [...]
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, October 2012. Click to enlarge.
Name: Mārtiņš, son of Brežs, Gutmans, born March 2, 1869, died March 26, 1923
Bottom Inscription: “Dusi!… Tavu bālo [...]
In this series, I am providing pictures of tombstones from Latvian cemeteries, all with death dates prior to 1945. In this case I do have some more information on this person. For the Latvian Wikipedia entry, click here. Short background, in English: Born in Tirza parish in central Latvia, studied medicine at the University of [...]