Welcome to the LatvianGenWeb

Welcome to the LatviaGenWeb Project. This website is part of the WorldGenWeb Project and is the country homesite for research in Lativa. We need Hosts for the rajones and if you have research interest in this country and know a bit about html, please think about joining our project team.

Questions about this site can be addressed to John C. Cakars, Country Coordinator.

General Information

Latvia (LAT vee uh) is a country on the Baltic Sea in northeastern Europe. The country's name in Latvian, the official language, is Latvijas Republika (Republic of Latvia). Riga is Latvia's capital and largest city.

Latvia's rulers have included Germans, Poles, Lithuanians, Swedes, and Russians. The country was independent from 1918 to 1940, when the Soviet Union occupied it and forced it to become one of the 15 republics of the Soviet Union. Latvia regained its independence in 1991.

[Source: Jaroslaw Bilocerkowycz, "Latvia," World Book Online, http://www.worldbookonline.com/na/ar/fs/ar314760.htm, February 10, 2000. ]

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If you are uncertain where your Latvian ancestor came from, please post a query to our General Latvia Queries. To see surnames posted for Latvia, follow this link: Latvia Surnames. To post your own surnames to this list, simply enter a new query using the Latvian General BBS board.

A mailing list of surnames for anyone researching genealogy in the former historical borders of Poland including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Moravia, Hungary, Russia, the Balkans, and East Prussia is called PolandBorderSurnames-L. To subscribe to this list, click on the link above and type the word subscribe in the message box.

Submissions should include surnames in all caps and include any possible locations and dates known by you. All surnames submitted will be included in a database at http://www.maxpages.com/poland/Member_Surnames. Additional information can be found on the Poland Border Surnames Helper web page at http://maxpages.com/poland.

John Fuller's Genealogical Mail List Index includes several entries for Latvian research. See also his East European Resources List for more information on societies, family history organizations and other items of interest.

History & General Resources

Latvia Search Engine - Resources and Archives
Online Resource List for Latvia
History of Latvia
Liepaja History Home Page Old maps of Liepaja, list of Latvian and German street names for Liepaja, old Latvian money, links.
Latvian Army During WW1 and Independence War in Latvia contains maps of WW1 and the independence war in Latvia.

Travel and Tourism

Guide to Latvia
Virtual Latvia

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