Have you reached a “brick wall” in your genealogy research? Onsite genealogy research in Latvia may just be the key to extending your Latvian ancestry. We have genealogists in Latvia who can help!
Challenges in Latvian Genealogy Research
Records in Latvia are organized on the local level, so it is necessary to know the exact town of origin for your ancestor before conducting research here. Research in Latvia, like most of Europe, is conducted primarily in civil registration and church records on the town or parish level. Civil registration records began to be kept in 1922, so knowing the religion of your ancestors is necessary to find them in church records before that date. Civil registration records must be obtained onsite and may be subject to privacy restrictions. Some church records have been digitized by the Latvian state archives and various genealogy sites while others must still be accessed onsite, depending on the religion, area, and time period.
Our Team of Professional Genealogists Can Help
If you have Latvian ancestry, our professionals can track down the city/town of origin of your ancestors, determine where that location actually is today, and identify where the records for that place are currently kept. Our onsite agents can then visit that location to obtain any documents that are needed.
Onsite Archive Access in Latvia
Our onsite genealogy researchers have access to the following archives, repositories and libraries in Latvia to help track down the records you need to extend your Latvian family history:
- Latvian State Historical Archives
- National Archives of Latvia
- Latvia Archives Portal Europe