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Lettish - Lithuanian or Latvian?

Lettish - Lithuanian or Latvian?

Posted: 8 Oct 2012 3:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Oct 2012 12:44PM GMT
One of the census' I found lists my great grandparents language as "Russ-Lettish". Family history says they were from Lithuania, but Lettish seems to suggest Latvia.

Any ideas? Thanks.

Re: Lettish - Lithuanian or Latvian?

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 2:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Apparently 'Lettish' was a generic term to cover Lithuanian, Latvian and (I think) Estonian. If your family consider themselves Lithuanian then that is what they were. When Russia took over all that area people fought hard to keep their own identity even though Russia would not them teach Lithuanian in schools.
Janice

Re: Lettish - Lithuanian or Latvian?

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 11:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Interesting. Thank you. This helps in my research.
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