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Tombstone Tuesday – Emīlija Kauliņš, 1880-1941

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, September 2014. Click to enlarge.

Name: Emīlija Kauliņš, born March 12, 1880, died March 28, 1941

Location: Lejas kapi, Cēsis

Mappy Monday – All Roads Lead Out of Rīga

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 pretty unimaginative street names. One type of street name particularly common in Latvia is naming streets […]

Surname Saturday – Latvian Surname Project Update, July 11, 2015

New format of Surname Saturday here on Discovering Latvian Roots – if you want surname meanings, go check out the Facebook and Twitter pages, here on the blog it will be a summary of what’s new on the Latvian Surname Project, as funded by my supporters on Patreon!

New this week!

Parishes added – Bērzpils, Kursīši, Sabile

Names […]

Finnic Influences in Latvia: Place Names

This is the first in a series of posts regarding Finnic influences in Latvia, which will discuss places, names, language and population, as well as the relevance that this will have on your genealogical adventures. Since Finnic peoples were never an occupying force in Latvia, as much attention isn’t paid to their influence when compared […]

WW1 Diary – July 8, 1918

Seventy-third installment from the diary of my great-grandfather’s sister Alise, written during the First World War. When the diary starts, she is living just a few miles from the front lines of the Eastern Front, and is then forced to flee with her husband and two young daughters to her family’s house near Limbaži as […]

Wordless Wednesday – Jaunpils Lutheran Church

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Jaunpils Lutheran Church, Jaunpils, Latvia. Construction on this church started in 1592. Photo taken by me, May 2015.

Mappy Monday – The Many Names of Freedom Street

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 name changes, especially in the 20th century, so it makes a good starting point for […]

Surname Saturday – Latvian Surname Project Update!

New format of Surname Saturday here on Discovering Latvian Roots – if you want surname meanings, go check out the Facebook and Twitter pages, here on the blog it will be a summary of what’s new on the Latvian Surname Project, as funded by my supporters on Patreon!

New this week!

Parishes added – Asīte, Gaiķi, Misa, […]

Wordless Wednesday – Kuldīga Castle Guard House

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Guard house for the former Kuldīga Castle, Kuldīga, Latvia. The castle itself was mostly destroyed in the 18th century, only ruins remain today. Photo taken by me, May 2015.

Patreon Debut!

This week marks the start of a new era of Discovering Latvian Roots!

I’m committing to a new blogging/social media schedule, and the reason for that is I’m also opening up my offerings to include Patreon! You can find the details of that new blogging/social media schedule at the link.

In brief, Patreon is a website that […]