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The Latvia project is a dual Y-DNA / mtDNA project created for individuals descended from families that have their earliest-known origins 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 neighbouring 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 a family geographic origin in Latvia to compare their DNA with that of their geographic neighbors and, possibly, find family matches.


Family Tree DNA learning center:
Family Tree DNA webinars:

ISOGG beginner's guide to genetic genealogy:'_guides_to_genetic_genealogy

A glossary for those unfamiliar with the terminology used by genetic genealogists can be found at:

A helpful book:  Genetic Genealogy, The Basics and Beyond by Emily D. Aulicino, 2013

Wikipedia is also a reliable source for information on genetic genealogy