This is the third post in a series about Finnic influences in Latvia. You can read the first one about place names here and the second one about personal names here. Today we will be looking at population crossover. But
(Click picture to enlarge) One of the stone lions of Vērmane park in central Rīga. Photo taken by me, August 2015.
(Click picture to enlarge) Memorial to commemorate those who died at the Rīga-Kaiserwald concentration camp between 1943 and 1944, located not far from this memorial in Sarkandaugava, a northern suburb of Rīga. Photo taken by me, August 2015.
Daugav’ abas malas, mūžam nesadalās, ir Kurzeme, ir Vidzeme, ir Latgale mūsu… (Daugava and both its shores, never divided, here we have Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Latgale ours…) -“Daugav’ abas malas” (composer J. Norvilis) There are many iconic images and ideas in
I know the saying is typically “all roads lead to X”, but in this case, both are true, though I’ll be talking more about Rīga rather than the rest of the country for this. Many old cities have pretty some
We’re starting off the Mappy Monday series on Discovering Latvian Roots with the most famous and iconic of Latvian streets – Brīvības iela, in English – Freedom Street. This is also one of the streets that has undergone the most
This is my Week #39 52 Ancestors post, and it is dedicated to a very recent ancestor of mine, my grandmother Aina Margrieta Līcīte, married name France, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Aina Margrieta (Līcīte) France
Time for Week 38 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. And I know, I know, I have some catch-up to
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
During the Soviet era, there were few buildings so feared and dreaded in Latvia as the “Corner House” – an otherwise nondescript building on the corner of Brīvības and Stabu streets (though of course Brīvības street – meaning Freedom Street