Squeaking in for Surname Saturday (in somebody else’s timezone…)…
Today, I bring you the launch of the Latvian Surname Project!
The most common search term that brings people to my blog is “Latvian surnames”. Therefore, I thought starting a resource on Latvian surnames and their meanings could be helpful to a lot of people.
So far, there are [...]
Today I’m featuring one of the new surnames I’ve discovered in my family tree – Radziņš (feminine form Radziņa, the surname of one of my great-great-grandmothers.
Marija Radziņa was born on November 16, 1856. I am not sure yet where she was born, but she married Pēteris Celmiņš sometime before 1878, when their first child was [...]
So today was my second day, and first full day, at the Latvian State Historical Archives.
I was able to view the passports I mentioned in my previous post, belonging to Pēteris Celmiņš and Anna Celmiņa (born Liepa), and confirmed that they are the correct individuals, and thus able to add their information to my family [...]
Participating in my first Geneabloggers daily blogging theme – Surname Saturday!
The surname up this week is Baburs.
The most recent ancestor I have with this name is Karolīne Matilde Baburs, born in Riga and baptized in the Church of Jesus parish in the late 19th century, to Mārtiņš Baburs and his wife Ēde. Mārtiņš’ father, Ādams, [...]
When doing your research, have you ever come across a family – not your own – that appears to have a story to tell, and you want to find out what that story is?
This has happened to me while looking at the Limbaži parish registers.
While looking at the christening records, the records where no father [...]
My maternal grandfather was from Limbaži, in northern Latvia. All I know about his family comes from my mother and my grandfather’s sister. I have not yet been able to find any official record of the family.
However, since I know where they lived (and have in fact visited the farm), I have begun combing the [...]
It is time for me to do a bit of an introduction to my own family – the mysterious entity that inspired my interest in genealogy and the pursuit of it as an eventual professional career.
My family history, as I currently know it, only extends as far as my great-grandparents – with two exceptions, this [...]
Bērziņš, Kalniņš, Ozoliņš – these are what I call the “big three”. They are the most common Latvian surnames. With these names more than any others it is imperative that you know where your ancestor was from.
But what do these names mean?
All three are in a diminutive form, but for surnames, this can also mean [...]