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Welcome to the JewishGen Latvia Database.  This is a multiple database search facility which incorporates all the databases listed below.  These databases have been contributed by the Courland Research Group, the Latvia SIG and individual donors.  The combined databases have over 175,000 entries, referring to individuals living in the area now known as Latvia.  The database is a work in progress and new entries are being added regularly.

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Component Databases:

All Latvia:

Livland Gubernia:

  • Jewish Inhabitants of Riga, 1885/1886
    2,650 entries, both male and female, listed as lawfully residing in Riga in about 1885.  References to over 4,000 individuals.
  • Riga Tax Administration List
    More than 12,000 entries, males and females, taken from the Riga Tax Administration records compiled and amended during the years 1858-1917.  References to over 23,000 individuals living and working in Riga.
  • The Extraordinary Commission Lists: Riga
    More than 2,000 individuals residing in Riga who are recorded as having perished at the hands of the German forces, most during 1941.
  • Riga Passport and Travel Documents Registration List 1900
    Information on more than 12,500 persons from throughout the Russian Empire, who resided temporarily in Riga in 1900 and registered their presence and travel documents with the police.
  • Jewish Marriages in Riga, 1854-1921
    Index of a register of 9,241 marriages, from the Latvian State Historical Archives in Riga, dating from 1854-1921.  There are nearly 20,000 given names and surnames, listing the names of both the bride and groom.

Courland Gubernia:

  • The Courland 1907 Duma Voters Lists
    Names of 3,300 male Jews eligible to vote in the 1907 Russian Duma elections in twenty of the major towns and villages of Courland gubernia, including entries for the 1905 list of Jewish voters of Windau.  References to nearly 5,900 individuals.
  • Recruits Enlistment Registers and Family Lists
    Names of adult family members extracted from official Jewish Military Recruits Registers from ten major cities of Courland, together with an 1874 family census list from Bauska.  Contains some 8,000 entries and over 11,000 named individuals.
  • Passlosen - Jews without Lawful Permit
    List of 990 Jews without a lawful permit (Passlosen), published in the official Government Gazette, the Vedomosti, in the summer of 1855.
  • Jews in Hasenpoth / Aizpute 1834
    A database of more than 1,000 male Jews lawfully entitled to reside in Hasenpoth (now Aizpute, Latvia), taken from material microfilmed in the Riga Archives in 1941.
  • The Kurland Young Men's Mutual Association
    A database of 1,225 records relating to the early days of the landsmanshaft organization for Courlanders in the United States between 1889 and 1945, part of an ongoing project.
  • The Courland Vedomosti Database
    More than 2,000 entries giving details of news reports and listings from the official Russian News Gazette from Kurland between 1853-1860.
  • Courland-to-Kherson Migration 1837-1840  
    Data on 5,872 Jews who requested to be relocated from Courland Gubernia to agricultural colonies in Kherson Gubernia (now Ukraine) in 1837 and 1840.

Vitebsk Gubernia:

  • The Dvinsk / Daugavpils Family Lists
    More than 8,200 entries providing some 14,000 names of members of the Jewish community of Dvinsk, in Vitebsk gubernia [now Daugavpils, Latvia].  The list includes excerpts from Merchants lists, lists of petit bourgeois, tax and military recruits lists.
  • Jewish Family Lists of Rēzekne
    More than 6,600 entries, members of the Jewish community of Rēzekne (Rezhitse, Rossitten), in Vitebsk gubernia.  Detailed information on each family, from 1898.
  • 1911 Vsia Rossiia Business Directory - Vitebsk
    Data on 3,611 businesses in Vitebsk gubernia, from the 1911 "All Russia" business directory.

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