In a message dated 8/20/2003 3:29:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time, bgephart@... writes:
I just returned >from a wonderful trip to Latvia where I visited with
Leva Ratniece, the registrar in Talsi. She was very helpful. They have
a few records >from Valdemarpils, but they are sporadic and varied.
Among them: Births 1881, Marriages 1896, Births 1901, Deaths 1905,
Births 1906, and Deaths 1913. There may be a few more books that I did
not copy records from.
In addition, she has Talsi records (births, marriages and deaths) from
When I met her, she was feeling very guilty about a request >from the
United States this past spring that somehow got misplaced. IF YOU SENT
IN A REQUEST TO THE TALSI REGISTRAR THIS SPRING, AND IT HAS NOT BEEN
ANSWERED, PLEASE RE-SEND THE REQUEST. If you know anyone else that
might have done so, please let them know. She is very contrite, and is
trying to be helpful.
Finally, I will mention something else I learned there. The records at
the Registrar's offices, unlike those at the State Archives, cannot be
copied for personal use. If you visit or write to them, you will only
be allowed a transcript. This is apparently a nationwide policy.
However, it is useful to note, for those of us who had family there
after WWI, that these Registrars have records leading up to WWII.
I was the one who sent the letter. Thank you so much!I have a copy and will resend it.