So I have arrived in Latvia, and today I made my first trip to the Latvian State Historical Archives.
And I may have already found something!
Since it takes them a few days to find and bring out the requested documents, for the most part today was just filling out the forms to request the items I [...]
Participating in my first Geneabloggers daily blogging theme – Surname Saturday!
The surname up this week is Baburs.
The most recent ancestor I have with this name is Karolīne Matilde Baburs, born in Riga and baptized in the Church of Jesus parish in the late 19th century, to Mārtiņš Baburs and his wife Ēde. Mārtiņš’ father, Ādams, [...]
When doing your research, have you ever come across a family – not your own – that appears to have a story to tell, and you want to find out what that story is?
This has happened to me while looking at the Limbaži parish registers.
While looking at the christening records, the records where no father [...]
Bērziņš, Kalniņš, Ozoliņš – these are what I call the “big three”. They are the most common Latvian surnames. With these names more than any others it is imperative that you know where your ancestor was from.
But what do these names mean?
All three are in a diminutive form, but for surnames, this can also mean [...]