Seventy-seventh 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
This is the second in a series about myths relating to Latvian genealogy. Go check out the first one about record availability here! Today’s myth: “My ancestors only spelled their surname one way.” Wrong. Very wrong. Very incredibly wrong. If
(Click picture to enlarge) Friendship Clock, gifted to the city of Rīga in 1993, by its sister city Kobe in Japan. Photo taken by me, October 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, August 2015. Click to enlarge. Top
As mentioned in the last Mappy Monday post, now we’ll be talking about interwar territorial changes and names. After the First World War and the subsequent wars of independence, the world gained the three independent Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia
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
(Click picture to enlarge) Jaunmoki Castle, reconstructed several times over the centuries, most recently in this hunting lodge style in the early 1900s for Rīga mayor and factory owner George Armitstead. Photo taken by me, May 2015.
(Click picture to enlarge) Lielvārde Lutheran Church in Lielvārde, Latvia. The first masonry church was built here in 1747, and it was destroyed in the First World War. It was built anew in 1932 – hence the two dates on
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. Names:
Back to Mappy Monday – sorry we missed last week, but I was down with a bad cold and headache, so I couldn’t get this out last Monday! But continuing on from where we left off, at medieval to early