Lettland, Geburten, Heiraten und Todesfälle, 1864-1921 [Datenbank online]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2023.
Ursprüngliche Daten: Latvia, Jewish Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1864-1921. Riga, Latvia: Latvijas Arhivi, 2020.

 Lettland, Geburten, Heiraten und Todesfälle, 1864-1921

Diese Sammlung enthält verschiedene Kirchenregister aus Lettland, die in den Jahren 1864 bis 1921 aufgezeichnet wurden.

About the Latvian Jewish BMD, 1864-1921

General collection information

This collection contains images of birth, marriage, and death records from Jewish congregations in Latvia dated between 1864 and 1921. The records may be written in Latvian, Hebrew, or Cyrillic.

Using this collection

Records in this collection may include the following information:

  • Date and place of birth, marriage, death, or other event
  • Age when the event occurred
  • Names of parents
  • Names of spouses
  • Spouse's birth date and place
  • Names of spouse's parents
  • When accessing this collection, you'll want to click 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 Latvian that may help you in your research:

    Latvian keywords:

  • Dzimšanas is Latvian for "birth."
  • Kristības is Latvian for "baptism."
  • Laulības is Latvian for "marriage."
  • Nāvi is Latvian for "death."
  • Apbedīšana is Latvian for "burial."
  • Baznīca is Latvian for "church."
  • Vārds un uzvārds is Latvian for "name and family name."
  • Šeit or dzīvo is Latvian for "residence."
  • Vecums is Latvian for "age."
  • Dēls is Latvian for "son."
  • Meita is Latvian for "daughter."
  • Tēvs is Latvian for "father."
  • Māte is Latvian for "mother."
  • Vīrs is Latvian for "husband."
  • Sieva is Latvian for "wife."
  • Hebrew Keywords:

  • הוּלֶדֶת is Hebrew for "Birth."
  • בר מצווה is Hebrew for "Bar Mitzvah."
  • בת מצווה is Hebrew for "Bat Mitzvah."
  • נישואים is Hebrew for "Marriage."
  • מוות is Hebrew for "Death."
  • קְבוּרָה is Hebrew for "Burial."
  • אב/Aba is Hebrew for "Father."
  • אמא/Ima is Hebrew for "Mother."
  • אח/Ach is Hebrew for "Brother."
  • אחות/Achot is Hebrew for "Sister."
  • בת דודה/Ben Dod is Hebrew for "Cousin."
  • אחיין/Ach'yan is Hebrew for "Nephew."
  • אחיינית/Ach'yanit is Hebrew for "Niece."
  • סבא/Saba is Hebrew for "Grandfather."
  • סבתא/Sav'ta is Hebrew for "Grandmother."
  • נכד/Nekhed is Hebrew for "Grandson."
  • נכדה/Nekh'dah is Hebrew for "Granddaughter."
  • דוד/Dod is Hebrew for "Uncle."
  • דודה/Dodah is Hebrew for "Aunt."
  • Russian keywords:

  • Имя и фамилия (Imya i familiya) is Russian for "name and surname."
  • Проживает (prozhivayet) is Russian for "resides."
  • Лѣта is Russian for "age."
  • Мужской (Muzhskoy) is Russian for "male."
  • женский (Zhenskiy) is Russian for "female."
  • Сын (Syn) is Russian for "son."
  • Дочь (Doch') is Russian for "daughter."
  • Муж (Muzh) is Russian for "husband."
  • Жена (Zhena) is Russian for "wife."
  • Мальчик (Mal'chik) is Russian for "boy."
  • Девочка (Devochka) is Russian for "girl."
  • Отец (Otets) is Russian for "father."
  • Мать (Mat') is Russian for "mother."
  • This collection can be used to trace the milestones of your ancestor's life from birth to death, especially if they attended the same church for a long time. When these records were created, churches were the only keepers of vital records in Latvia. Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1922. 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 from various Jewish congregations 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.

    Jewish people first settled in Latvia in the Courland region during the late 16th century. By the 1860s, when the earliest records in this collection were created, the Jewish community had significantly influenced industry and trade in Latvia. However, anti-semitism caused many Latvian Jews to immigrate to the United States, Great Britain, and South Africa during the late 19th century. About two-thirds of Latvia's Jewish population fled the country during World War I. However, during the 1920s and 1930s, the country's Jewish community re-emerged with new private Jewish schools and notable contributions to Latvia's culture and economy.


    Ancestry.com. Latvia Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1854-1909. Accessed April 7, 2023. https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61883/.

    European Jewish Congress. "Latvia." Accessed April 7, 2023. https://eurojewcong.org/communities/latvia/.

    Morton, Sunny Jane. "The Genealogist's Guide to Church Records." Family Tree. Accessed April 7, 2023. https://www.familytreemagazine.com/records/church/church-records-genealogy-workbook/.