The Latvia project is a dual Y-DNA / mtDNA project created for individuals with ancestry in what is now Latvia. Over past centuries, parts of Latvia belonged politically at various times to Russia, Poland, Germany, and Sweden. Populations moved to and from the neighboring states of Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, and the Ukraine. DNA of families of Latvian origin could exhibit Baltic, western European, eastern European, Jewish, or other characteristics. This group will allow those who have ancestry in Latvia to compare their DNA with that of their geographic neighbors and, possibly, find family matches.