Steps to Latvian Genealogy Success

Are you conducting your own genealogical research, but getting a bit lost? Not sure what different terms mean? Can’t pick out your family name from the records?

Never fear – the Steps to Latvian Genealogy Success program is here! Content will be sent out starting on October 2nd, 2016.

Who is this program for?

This program is for people who want to do their own Latvian genealogical research, but are looking for a steady stream of information to help them with that process.

It is less intense than my genealogy courses, but still provides weekly content to help you conduct your genealogical research effectively.

What does this program provide?

Each Sunday, you will receive two different mailings straight to your inbox – the first will be the BMD Newsletter that I already provide as a subscription service for $5/month, wherein I translate one record each of birth, marriage and death records, to help you get familiar with record formats, handwriting and language.

The second will depend on the week:

Week 1: Recognizing Names in Old Records – A case study of a specific name, recognizing its appearance in different styles of handwriting, its spelling variations, possible forms translated into different languages, and where the name is most likely to appear.

Week 2: Analyzing Terminology – Going over a specific word, what it means in historical context, learning to recognize where and when it could appear in records, its translations in different languages.

Week 3: Case Study – A case study on solving a tricky family mystery, and how to get out of what might initially look like a dead end.

Week 4: Periodika or Maps – How to use the online periodical source Periodika effectively, including recognizing common OCR (optical character recognition) mistakes, or how to use old and modern maps to find where your ancestors lived.

Week 5 (if applicable): If a month has a fifth Sunday, then at the beginning of the month I will invite submissions for ideas on what to write about in this last week!

How will the information be provided?

It will be sent straight to the email address you signed up with! No need to register for any new websites, no new passwords to remember. Occasionally there may be a link to a subscribers-only page on my website, but the access code will be provided directly in the email and you don’t need to sign up anywhere.

How much does it cost?

The program is $9.99 per month. You can enroll by clicking this Paypal button here:


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To make bookkeeping simple, this is how it will work: When you register, you will start receiving content the following Monday. If you register on a Monday, you will start receiving content that day!

Weekly BMD Newsletter

Need that little extra push of help to understand the records? For $5/month you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter, where every weekend you will receive an email newsletter with a translation of one each of birth, marriage and death records. This will help you get familiar with different spellings, vocabulary words and record formats. Right now the dominant religion for the records I include is Lutheran, but I feature other religions every so often as well. If you have a particular interest that isn’t Lutheran, let me know and I’ll be sure to feature that one regularly as well! Just like Steps to Latvian Genealogy Success, this newsletter comes out on Monday.





Playing Card Packs

Struggling with all of the vocabulary necessary to conduct Latvian genealogy research? Why not use a game to help you remember it? These sets of playing cards can help you. You can use them just like any other deck of regular playing cards – the cards are numbered 1 through 13, there are two “jokers” (wild cards), but instead of four suits, you have terms in four languages – English, Latvian, German and Russian. Just what you need to get practice with the languages!

There will be a variety of playing card packs available as time goes on, but right now, there is this one to start with. It covers Family Relationships – parents, children, in-laws and so on!

Right now, you can purchase the cards as digital downloads for $4.99 – which means that once your payment is confirmed, you will be emailed the file to your selected email address. You will then be responsible for printing the cards yourself, either at home or at a print shop on cardstock paper.

Important! Please specify if you need Letter or A4 format (Letter format is standard 8.5″ by 11″ print size for North America, A4 format is standard for most of the rest of the world.)

Family Relationships Pack

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Example view of the four “Parents” cards.


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