Last week on Mappy Monday, we made the journey north to Estonia, to learn different names of Estonian places that could come up in your research. This week, we will be doing the same with Lithuania! Historically speaking, Latvia has
Eightieth 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
Seventy-ninth 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
(Click picture to enlarge) Sculpture from the Liepāja Anthem Trail. The song is “Pilsēta, kurā piedzimst vējš” (The City Where the Wind is Born), and there are sculptures featuring verses from the song all along the main streets of Liepāja.
On this week’s edition of Mappy Monday, we are taking a trip across Latvia’s northern border into Estonia! I know I’ve talked a lot about Estonia on this blog recently, and there’s a reason for that – the histories are
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
This is the third post in a series on debunking myths about Latvian genealogy. See the first post about records availability here and the second post about name spelling here. Today’s myth: I found someone with the same surname. That
(Click picture to enlarge) This building housed the Latvian Social-Democratic Worker’s Party – Liepāja Branch’s underground printing house from 1904 to 1906, during the Czarist era and the 1905 Revolution. Photo taken by me, September 2015.
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, October 2014. Click to enlarge. Top
Following on the heels of the Second World War era, we now come to the Soviet and modern eras when it comes to name changes in Latvian territory. The Soviet era brought a huge amount of reorganization to Latvian territory,