A wonderful resource for researching Latvian genealogy is the house book collection at the Latvian State Historical Archives. They are available in fond 2942 for Rīga and in fond 2110 for the rest of Latvia.
During the Czarist era, as well as during the interwar period, every residential building in Latvia had to keep a record [...]
So last month I posted a “Plan of Attack” for finding more about the origins of my great-grandmother Anna Liepa. So, how has it gone?
Not all that well, I’m afraid.
The house book for Romanova iela 62/64 did not yield any results for anyone in her family, nor did any books for 62/66.
The tax lists of [...]
My most difficult ancestor is my great-grandmother Anna Liepa. The reason for this is because she was born in Rīga, and Rīga is a big place. This means that any record search inevitably takes forever, since there are many records to search.
So I have formulated a precise plan of attack for finally finding her and [...]
Caroline Mathilde, daughter of worker Martin Babbur and his wife Edde born Jansohn. Baptized by Pastor Getter(?) in the church [Church of Jesus, an evangelican Lutheran church south of the Old City of Rīga]. Godparents maiden Caroline Wendt, worker Martin Lasmann and Jann(?) Krasting.
Usually I post records on the day of the event based on [...]
Click for full image. Image courtesy of a cousin from my Lūkins family line.
Fishing manager JĒKABS ŠĪRS, 61 1/2 years old, born in Aloja, divorced.
Died on October 4, 1923, at 10 o’clock in the evening in Rīnuži.
Buried October 14, 1923 at the Baltās Baznīcas (White Church) cemetery.
Daugavgrīva church book, 1923 deaths, #53.
Jēkabs Šīrs was my [...]
This post is the first in a series that I’ll be making about events in my ancestors’ lives, on the days that the events took place.
My reasons for this series are twofold – first of all, it helps me organize my own family documents and files, which is something that has been severely lacking, especially [...]
So you want to use Raduraksti, but you’re intimidated, because you don’t know German or Russian. That’s okay! With a bit of work, you can find everything you need to know from these records, without needing to be fluent, or even proficient, in the languages. It is just a question of being able to extract [...]
Rīga is the capital city of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltics. Since Latvian records are largely unindexed, this means that locating an ancestor in Rīga is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
If your ancestors were ethnic Latvians, however, you might find yourself lucky – most ethnic Latvians in the capital [...]
I’ve mentioned the International Tracing Service (ITS) numerous times, as a key resource to finding out information about WW2-era Latvian emigrants who spent the post-war years in Displaced Persons (DP) camps in Western Europe. Despite their important activities, I rarely see them get a mention anywhere.
Until now! This news article, which I first saw in [...]
It is too easy, especially when reading records that require interpretation of handwriting in an unfamiliar language, to pick out the main details – date of birth and parents – but ignore the details that are “not strictly necessary” – godparents, occupations, and so on. It is also easy to just scan for the surnames [...]