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Seeking Advice for Hiring the Best Latvian Researcher #latvia


Ava Nackman
 

A number of years ago I paid the Latvian Archives to do some family research for me.  I also have some research obtained by other researchers and we are trying to connect the dots to put branches of the family together.  This will probably require hiring someone to do some additional research at the Latvian Archives or, possibly, with records available online but which have not been translated.  Have others had more recent experience with having Latvian records researched?  Can anyone give any recommendations on a particularly good researcher to hire?  I am not sure if going directly to the Latvian Archives is the best approach or if there are better alternatives.  Thanks so much for any advice anyone can offer on the best way to proceed.

Ava Nackman


Arlene Beare
 

We are busy translating records and over the coming year there should be some new databases coming online. Family Search is busy imaging millions of records so there is a lot of new data on their site which links to the Raduraksti. The Raduraksit site has been moved and you need to re-register if you want to look at the data.. It requires an experienced researcher to connect the dots as one can easily make assumptions that are not true.  The best people to do this are the Latvian Archivists who have been dealing with the data for many years and really can see family connections. You mention you had them do research for you a number of years ago and that you have also obtained data from other researchers,
It may be worth while to send the Archivists the data that you are trying to piece together and ask their opinion.  Since Irina Veinberga died the email address to write to has changed to -

vestures.arhivs@....
As far as a private researcher is concerned you could visit the site of Aleksandrs Feigmanis  -        balticgen.com
and 
consider asking him to do some research for you. He does charge and it is important that you ask how much it will cost before hiring him. He is a Historian whoc works at the JEwish Museum in Riga and well experienced with Latvian Records.
Arlene Beare
Co-director Latvian Research Division.


janelpi2@...
 

Bonjour Madame
Je suis Pierre Janel,   né Jankelowitsch   87 ans    ,  je retrouve dans  les archives de mon père né à Riga  et  émigré en France vers 1920,     une lettre de sa soeur transmise par  !a Croix Rouge,  le 9 juin 1941   Il s'agit de  FURMANIA  ou  FURMANIS   FRIDA   habitant Riga  Parka iela 4 d z 4
Pouvez m'indiquer si il existe des descendants qui seraient mes cousins,   
J'ai déjà plusieurs recherches  qui sont restées sans réponses
je vous remercie pour vos information,  et vous adresse mes sincères salutations.

Pierre Janel


Arlene Beare
 

Good day Janel
I will reply in English and then below I will write in French.  I looked in the names Project for Latvia  which enables you to search for someone who lived in Latvia prewar.  All you need is the name and place they lived in.  Most people perished in 1941.
names.lu.lv
 Frida Furman maiden name Jankelowitsch was living in Riga as you said. Her husband's name was Mowscha and her date of birth 11 April 1898..Her father was Schaya Abram.  Her fate is not known.
I looked in the Yad Vashem Archive and there is no victim listed as Frida Fuhrman. In the Jewishgen Holocaust Database there are Frieda Furmans but I do not think they are your Frida.
I looked in the Jewishgen Family Finder and there are recent messages looking for a Frieda Fuhrman. I suggest you contact these people.  You go to the  Jewishgen.org page and then search the  Family Finder.  Jewishgen will transmit your message to the person .
You can also search Family Trees on Myheritage  Ancestry and Geni.
I do hope you have success and wish you luck
Arlene Beare UK
Co-director Jewishgen Research Division.

Bonjour Pierre
J'ai fait le recherche sur le site
names.lu.lv
Si vous cherchez le nom et le endroit Riga vous trouvez Frida Furhman nee Jankelowitsch.    Il ne sait pas si Frida et mort.  Son mari etait Mowsha. Le date de naissaince 11/4 1898. Son pere etait Schaya Abram.
Sur le site Yad Vashem Holocaust - elle n'est pas une victime. Peut-etre elle survecut aux camps de concentration.
Le site Jewishgen.org -Holocaust bas de donnee  Il y a Frieda Fuhrman mais je ne pense pas cette Frieda est votre tante.
Je vous recommende  jewishgen.org Family finder.  J'ai trouve quelque personne qui cherche Frida Furhman de Riga.   Si vous inscrivez une message Jewishgen envoye votre message a le personne. 
Family Finder est votre meilleur chance de trouver vos familles.
Vous pouvez aussi chercher des arbres genealogiques sur myheritage,ancestry et Geni.
Pardonnez mon francais  mais je suis anglaise.
J'espere que vous avez de bonne chance avec votre recherche.

Arlene Beare UK
Co-director Jewishgen Research Division.


Ava Nackman
 

Thanks so much, Arlene.  This is very helpful.  Maybe I can ask you a more particular question.  When I last had the Latvian Archives research for me, I was displeased with the way they did their citations.  Instead of footnoting each piece of information, they put all of the source information at the end of the report, and not in the order of information given in the body of the report.  For example, they would cite one book, then just give a list of pages where various information was found in that book.  Therefore, I had no reasonable way of knowing where, specifically, they were finding each piece of data.  Is it unreasonable to ask them to not do it that way?  I want to maintain good relations, but this method of citing seemed inappropriate.

Ava Nackman


Marion Werle
 

Re citations - often, by process of elimination, you can ferret out which citation goes with which information. You can also ask them for copies of the records with the correct archival information included (typically, it would be LVVA, followed by the numeric designation for the data). You can also query them politely to ask which reference goes with which document. 

Arlene Beare mentioned that FamilySearch (and the new Raduraksti website) have many of the documents digitized. Most of the Jewish records are digitized on FamilySearch, and you can locate them through the FamilySearch catalog. Through the catalog entries, you can match up your citation to the citations at the end of your research summary. 1897 census records may be on FamilySearch or not (they are not all digitized), but are all on Raduraksti. Family lists may or may not be ditigized. Please email me privately if you have any questions.

Marion Werle
Co-director, Latvia Research Division
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janelpi2@...
 

Attn Madame Arlene Beare

Bonjour Madame,
Merci beaucoup pour votre rapide réponse,   j'avais espéré qu'avec l'adresse indiquée nous aurions pu trouver quelques informations sur ma famille , malheureusement comme beaucoup d'entre nous la disparition n'a jamais été constatée. et je ne pense pas qu'avec le temps qui s'écoule nous puissions retrouver quelques cousins;
Encore merci,  je vous adresse Madame l'expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs
P.Janel


Arlene Beare
 

Bonjour Pierre

Comme je vous ai dit vous devez faire le recherche vous- meme.  Envoyer une message a les deux personnes qui cherche Friede parceque peut-etre ils soient vos familles
jewishgen.org/jgff/
Considerez une analyse ADN sur le site
myheritage.com 
Choissisez autosomal ADN.
Mon addresse email est agold13@...
si vous voudrez avoir  le conseil sur ADN.
Je voudrais vous aider.

Arlene Beare UK
Co-Director Latvia Research  Division


 


Emily Rosenberg
 

I second The suggestion of Alexander Sigman us. He was our guide in Latvia and did a terrific job although I don’t think we had him do any research for us he is very dedicated and well-connected. And just FYI his hobby is making chocolate.

Emily Rosenberg


Arlene Beare
 

Emily
The thread of this discussion is  a Researcher in Latvia and not a Guide.  You said you second the suggestion so perhaps it was another thread relating to a Guide in Latvia.Thank you for your recommendation. Do you have his contact details. Another good guide is Elina Spungina who has a car. Aleksandrs Feigmanis is also a good guide but does not have his own car which adds to the expense.  As I love chocolate it would be great to meet Alexander Sigmanis.

Arlene Beare UK
Co-Director Latvia Research Division


Rosalind Finkelstein
 

I had my family researched by the State Archives about 14 years ago.  I even picked up my results in person at the Archives office in Riga.  Recently I found out that my father had another sister who was not mentioned in the report.  Likewise I also learned that my grandfather had more siblings than the Archives mentioned.  Of course this was a while ago and hopefully they are doing a better job now with modern technology.  The benefit of dealing with the Archives is that they have set rates.  None the less I feel safe having them do my research.
Rosalind Finkelstein
Framingham,MA
hairgone@...


JUROVSKY,Catherine
 

I need some advice concerning Latvia. I am researching a girl who survived the shoah because she was only half jewish. The only information I have is her address in 1943 in Riga. Her name is Edite Levans and she was the daughter of a first marriage of the wife Dora Davidson of my great uncle Abram Bespaloff. I got in touch with the researcher recommended above Mr Feigmanis but his fee is a bit high at 1200 €. I was wondering what would be online in Latvia for me to try and look for her by myself. Thank you for any help.

Catherine Jurovsky


Arlene Beare
 

Catherine
You should definitely ask the Archives to do this research for you . I will repeat the contact details 
vestures.arhivs@...
They are not expensive and you should get a really good result. It will be worth the wait.
Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia Research Division