One resource that has appeared online on FamilySearch is the 1941 census – though officially it wasn’t called a “census”, but rather a “register of residents”, though in practice it functions as a census. It was taken not long after
Riga Tax Lists
More and more Latvian records are going online every day, thanks to FamilySearch and their cooperation with the Latvian State Historical Archives. That’s the good news. The bad news is that sometimes they can be difficult to navigate, because the
New Free Email Course: Understanding Internal Passport Records!
A question a lot of people ask: What is this “List of Latvian Inhabitants (1918-1940)” on Raduraksti? This new free email course will help answer that question! When you first started using Raduraksti, you probably zeroed in on the “Databases”
Genealogy Courses – Now Always Available!
As many of you who have been following this blog for awhile will know, I’ve occasionally run genealogy courses via email, so that more and more of you can learn how to do your research on your own. These have
New Free Email Course: Russian Handwriting!
I know for a lot of people who are researching their Latvian genealogy, even when they’ve mastered different name spellings, different names for places in various languages, terrible handwriting in German… the one thing that still terrifies them is the
Give Latvia the Gift of You
As many of you will know, today is November 18, which means it is Latvia’s Independence Day! This year, Latvia celebrates 99 years, which means that next year – 2018 – is the centennial! Celebrating a centennial is a big
Free Email Course!
The most important tool in your arsenal in your Latvian genealogy journey is Raduraksti – but are you really using it to its full potential? If you’re new to Latvian genealogy, the website can be daunting – but don’t worry,
Latvian Genealogy Boot Camp!
So it’s that time of year again – holidays, presents, and soon the New Year! Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? I know one of mine is to get back to blogging more regularly, since I haven’t really had
Summer Fun Course on Surnames!
So I’ve decided to do a little mini-course this August all about surnames! It will be a light and fun exploration of the intricacies of surnames in Latvia – their acquisition, their meanings, their geographic reach and so on. This
New Genealogy Courses Starting in May!
As you may recall, in February I started my first beginners’ course in Latvian genealogy. It is still running, and it has been an intense experience for all involved! But everyone (including me!) is learning a lot, so I think