About the Latvia Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1854-1909
General collection information
This collection contains images of various church and synagogue records from Latvia between the years of 1854 and 1909. The records include births, marriages, and deaths for Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Russian Orthodox, Jews, Old Believers, and Baptists. They may be written in Latvian, Russian, German, or Latin.
Using this collection
Records in this collection may include the following information:
Under "Browse this collection," use the dropdown menu to choose a "church or item," and then click the link under "description."
Here are some common words and phrases in several languages that may help you in your research:
Latvian key words:
Russian key words:
Latin words/phrases common in religious text:
German words common in religious text:
Additional German key words:
Church registers offer the possibility of tracing milestones in an ancestor’s life from birth to death, especially if they attended the same church for a long time. Depending on when the government began keeping vital records, church records may be the only place to find your ancestor's birth, marriage, and death information. Knowing the church your ancestor attended may lead to church histories that provide interesting details about your ancestor's religious life.
If you can't find your ancestor in these church records, you can try to find them in the Latvian census between the years of 1854 and 1897: Latvia Census and Resident Registers, 1854-1897
Collection in context
These records were created by officials at various churches in Latvia. The collection includes images of documents in their original form, making them high quality primary sources. The original documents are housed at the Latvia National Archives.
Lutheran was the traditional Christian denomination of Latvia when the records in this collection were created. However, Latvia also had a substantial population who identified as Roman Catholic or Russian Orthodox and smaller groups of Jews, Old Believers, and Baptists. When these records were created between the years of 1854 and 1909, churches were the only keepers of vital records in Latvia. Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1922.
Ancestry.com. Latvia Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1854-1909. Accessed April 12, 2022.https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61883/.
Morton, Sunny Jane. "The Genealogist’s Guide to Church Records." Family Tree. Accessed April 12, 2022. https://www.familytreemagazine.com/records/church/church-records-genealogy-workbook/.