Finding Latvian Archival Records through the Ciltskoki Website
by Marion E. Werle
The Latvian website Ciltskoki (Family Trees) is indexing many archival records currently on FamilySearch. The website was founded by Egils Turss, and the background is described here (you will need to turn on the Translate feature of your browser, as the article is in Latvian).
The Ciltskoki website has a number of ongoing indexing projects focused on interwar passports, house registers, censuses, and other documents being digitized by FamilySearch. As documents are indexed, they are linked to the digital images on FamilySearch. Indexing is ongoing, so check the website frequently.
The Ciltskoki website is in Latvian, and as such, non-Latvian speakers will need to use the browser Translate function. As with the other websites, you need to set up a userid and password. Be aware, however, that you should switch back to Latvian before doing a search, as the “Enter” (Pāradīt - literally “show”) button may disappear on a translated screen.
Although the website is free, most of the useful functionality is now available in Ciltskoki Plus, which requires a donation. An activation code may be ordered by texting “DZIMTA” to number 1881 - there is a charge for the text, and it is likely more appropriate for Europeans with international texting plans. Otherwise email firstname.lastname@example.org for payment via PayPal link. The fees are as follows, and time starts from when the access code is entered on the website:
1 day - €1.50
3 days - €3
7 days - €7
30 days - €20
The homepage will prompt the user for an activation code - once it is entered, a generic search page will be displayed, which will search multiple collections at once.
This is the Latvian version of the page: