Re: Visas issued overseas (Riga, Latvia) in 1926 #latvia

Renée K. Carl

Hi Ellen
The records of the US Consulate for Riga are a robust set of records, though for reasons lost to time, more is available if your surname is at the beginning or end of the alphabet. The consular records are different than the documents for the Visa File that you sought from USCIS and that Marian responded to. I presented on the consular records to the Latvia Research Group at IAJGS in Cleveland. These records are at the National Archives, College Park.
National Archives, U.S. Consulate, Riga (organization description):
National Archives U.S. Consulate, Riga (records):

There is also the collection of House Registers for Riga, these are in browse mode at Family Search - Marion Wehle or Arlene Beare might be able to provide the link or additional information. Even if people staying in a house for a night or two, their names appear on these lists.

Renée Carl,  Washington DC            Latvia names: Ketcher/Katcher/Katsher, Bortz, Budovnitz

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick wrote:
"The manifest also indicates that visas were issued for them in Riga, Latvia on Oct. 1, 1926.  

What agency would have issued those visas?  Neither of my grandparents was a U.S. citizen at that point, although my uncle (the infant son) certainly was, having been born in NYC.  Would copies of the visas be available somewhere?  A recent Genealogy Index Search Request that I submitted to the USCIS yielded no information on my grandfather that I didn't already have."

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