Latvia Goals:   1: Research   2: Census and Vital Records   3: Church Records   4: Maps and Gazetteers   5: Newspapers   6: Websites   7: Search Records   8: Get Help        SEARCH


Explore research in Latvia.

        N. America     Brit. Isles      Scandinavia      Cent. Europe      West/So. Europe      East Europe      Asia/Pacific/Africa      S. America      Ethnic Groups     

  Tracker:   Online  or  Word

Goal 1: Learn about Latvian research.


A. Learn about Latvian genealogy.

  1. Get started with Latvian research in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Latvia Genealogy
  2. Explore the Latvian Genealogy site for more information.
  3. Explore Latvia Genealogy Resources on the FEEFHS site.
  4. Explore the Latvian National Archives site.
  5. 2017-10-09
  6. Explore the site for research records.
  7. 2017-10-08
  8. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  9. Search the Latvian Surname Project, a database of Latvian surnames (also searchable by location).
  10. Use the Latvia Record Finder to understand record types for research.
    FS—Wiki: Latvia Record Finder
  11. 2018-01-24

Goal 2: Learn about Latvia census and vital records.


A. Learn about Latvia census records.

  1. Learn about Latvia census records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Latvia Census Records

B. Learn about Latvia vital records.

  1. Learn about the Raduraksti site, in the Latvian State Historical Archives.
    Latvia Vital Records
  2. Explore the Raduraksti site for Latvian vital records from the late 1800's on.

Goal 3: Learn about Latvia church and religious records.


A. Learn about Latvian church records.

  1. Learn about Latvia church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Latvia Church Records
  2. Explore Jewish genealogy in Latvia in this guide from the Center for Jewish History site.
  3. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Latvia.

Goal 4: Learn about Latvia maps and gazetteers.


A. Explore Latvia map resources.

  1. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for Latvia maps.
  2. Explore old maps of Latvia in the 1900 Collection.
  3. Explore the Maps and Gazetteers section of the site.
  4. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Latvia maps.
  5. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Latvia maps.

Goal 5: Learn about Latvia newspapers.


A. Explore Latvia newspapers.

  1. Search Latvian newspapers in the site.
  2. Search Latvian newspapers in the site.
  3. Search Latvian newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.
  4. Search the digitized collection of Latvian newspapers in the National Archives of Latvia site.

Goal 6: Explore additional websites for research.


A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Latvian research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in
  4. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  5. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.

Goal 7: Search records from Latvia.


A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Latvia.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. 1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Latvian online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

Goal 8: Get help with your Latvia research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. See the Discovering Latvian Roots Facebook page.
  2. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Latvia.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Latvia research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for Latvia research mailing lists.
  2. Explore the Latvia research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.