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Surname Saturday – Missing Parishes!

If you’ve been paying attention to the Latvian Surname Project, you’ll have noticed that I’ve filled in some gaps in the map on the front page – having added names from the parishes of Ainaži, Ipiķi, Lode and Vaidava, I now have some names for all of the parishes of pre-war Valmiera county! The parishes […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Mārtiņš Gutmans, 1869-1923

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 2012. Click to enlarge.

Name: Mārtiņš, son of Brežs, Gutmans, born March 2, 1869, died March 26, 1923

Bottom Inscription: “Dusi!… Tavu bālo […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Dr Andrejs Priedkalns, 1873-1923

In this series, I am providing pictures of tombstones from Latvian cemeteries, all with death dates prior to 1945. In this case I do have some more information on this person. For the Latvian Wikipedia entry, click here. Short background, in English: Born in Tirza parish in central Latvia, studied medicine at the University of […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Kuznecovs Family

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 2012. Click to enlarge.

Names: Alexius Theodors Kuznecovs, born July 18, 1882, died May 15, 1912; Julius Kuznecovs, born December 30, 1855, […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Hans and Katharine Waldmann

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 2012. Click to enlarge.

Names: Hans Waldmann, born January 22, 1825, died July 20, 1903; Katharine Waldmann (maiden name Ligger), born September […]

24th Anniversary of the Baltic Way

Twenty-four years ago today, on August 23rd, 1989, the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian people united in a show of Baltic unity not seen in history. Millions of people joined hands from Tallinn (Estonia), through the Estonian and Latvian countryside to Rīga (Latvia), and the through the Latvian and Lithuanian countryside to Vilnius (Lithuania). This date […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Robert Herrmuth, 1847-1908

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 2012. Click to enlarge.

Name: Robert Herrmuth, born April 1, 1847, died April 5, 1908.

Location: Mārtiņa kapi, Rīga

The design of this indicates […]

Dates Before 1834

If you’ve spent any time in the Latvian church records on Raduraksti, you’ll have probably noticed that in most cases, the earliest records of births, marriages and deaths you’ll find is 1834 or 1835 (for ethnic Latvians, records for Germans sometimes go further back). On the rare occasion you’ll find earlier records, but use of […]

Surname Saturday – Relationship Between Surnames and Farm Names

Like in many other countries, rural properties in Latvia are known by names, rather than by street numbers as is typical in an urban setting. However, unlike most European countries, these rural Latvians really only acquired surnames in the early 19th century. What this means is that large numbers of Latvians have surnames that came […]

Baltic Herald - August 3, 1904

This is part of my series of interesting newspaper articles that I find in the old Latvian newspapers available through Periodika. Most of the articles I post are in some way related to migration, wars or other events that are of particular genealogical note.

Source: Baltijas Vēstnesis (Baltic Herald), August 3, 1904

Jelgava. Emigrants. The Jelgava Gazette […]