IGRA Free Webinar “From Liepaja to Latgale: Latvian Jewish Research” #latvia #events

Elena Bazes

Join the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) for our upcoming free webinar, “From Liepaja to Latgale: Latvian Jewish Research” by Marion Werle on October 17th, 7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm ET

Advance Registration Required:


In recent years, the number of resources available to the Jewish researcher with Latvian roots has increased exponentially. This talk will introduce the core sources to further your Latvian research. The presentation covers vital records (birth, marriage and death), censuses, revision lists and house lists, internal passports, the Latvia Research Division databases on JewishGen, newspaper articles, and Holocaust resources, including the Latvia Names Project. Recent filming in the Latvian State Historical Archives by FamilySearch has added to the availability of documents and created a wealth of information in unindexed documents. This presentation will also be of interest to researchers with family from Lithuania, as there were close ties between the two areas, with many families having families that extend into both countries.

 Marion Werle began family history research 25 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel. She has been on the boards of the Jewish Genealogical Societies of both Los Angeles and Conejo Valley, is a past president of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group) and a co-director of the JewishGen Latvia Reasearch Division.  A retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA, she has also completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research and the ProGen study group. Marion has written two unpublished family histories, The Skuders from Skud, about one of her family branches from Lithuania, and a history of her brother-in-law’s family, The Wilsons of Washington County, PA – from Hopewell Township to Santa Ana, California. Marion has also spoken at several IAJGS conferences and local genealogical societies in the Southern California area. She was a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society Writers Group for several years, which gave her the opportunity to hone her family history writing skills. She teaches a writing class for JewishGen education and has an ongoing interest in applying general genealogical methodology standards to Jewish research.


Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair 



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