Thirtieth 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 [...]
Happy Latvian Independence Day!
What have you done today to show your appreciation for Latvia? Sang a song, made some traditional Latvian food, attended a Latvian celebration of some kind?
Something that anyone can do to celebrate Latvia today is to tell people about our country. We may be small, but that doesn’t mean we should be [...]
Today’s Surname Saturday name is Rudzītis!
This Latvian name is the diminutive of “rudzi”, which means “rye”. It is a relatively common surname, found in many Latvian parishes, including Bauņi, Galgauska, Dauguļi, Krāslava, Lēdurga, Limbaži, Nabe, Sece, Sidgunda, Skaņkalne, Stopiņi, Taurupe and Umurga.
Rye is a popular Latvian foodstuff, its most popular form being rye bread, [...]
Head on over to my fiction blog and read the genea-fiction short story, “A President For His Country”!
As I’ve said, this short story is only the beginning. I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first novel! All of the information is over on my fiction blog!
If you’ve enjoyed the content on this blog over [...]
What do you have to solve this week? Just a simple keyword puzzle. By solving this puzzle, you’ll reveal the tools that you need to solve the puzzles *within* the “A President For His Country” short story, which is coming soon!
Advance knowledge on how to solve the puzzles will be a great asset – you’ll [...]
The newest puzzle is available on my fiction site!
This time, you will be revealing the name of the short story – and by doing so, find your way to the prologue of the story!
As before, first ten comments get a free story-themed bookmark! Good luck solving it!
So today I’m celebrating my fourth blogiversary! I started this blog on October 10, 2009, and it has been quite the adventure! More and more people are coming here to learn about how to find their Latvian roots. This is fantastic! Thank you all for reading, and I hope you’ve learned a lot! I know [...]
Most of you are probably familiar with the Spanish flu epidemic that ravaged the world from the beginning of 1918 to the end of 1920 and killed somewhere between 3 and 5 percent of the world’s population. But do you know how the epidemic took place in Latvia?
Since my great-great-grandmother Dorotea Matilde Francis (maiden name [...]
Twenty-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 flee with her husband and two young daughters to her family’s house near Limbaži as [...]
I am posting this on behalf of a member of the FEEFHS (Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies) Facebook group, since I know a number of readers here are descendants of Second World War Displaced Persons, and could thus help in the research.
As part of my master’s thesis on the legacy of WWII [...]