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Jewish Community of Bauska, Latvia

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This project seeks to unite Jewish families with ties to Bauska, Latvia, also known as Bausk, Bauske, Boisk, Boysk, Бауск / Бауска, and בויסק.

Please consider joining the project if you have ancestors from, or an interest in the Jewish community of Bauska, and add profiles of those who were born, who married, who lived, who worked, who celebrated simchas (happy occasions), who died, and/or who were buried in Bauska.

Bauska is located along the Latvia-Lithuania border, 38 miles south of Rīga and 25 miles southeast of Jelgava.

Resources related to the Jewish Community of Bauska: (in progress)

General information:

Vital records:

  • Raduraksti (Latvian Archives) -- Has digitized birth, marriage, divorce, and death records spanning the years 1854-1905. Requires a free account to browse records, which are handwritten mostly in Cyrillic and Yiddish. Once logged, in, navigate to Contents » Church books » Jews » Rabbinats » BAUSKAS.
  • Translations of the Latvia Rabbinate Vital Records for Bauska Many of the original Latvian Rabbinate records were indexed by the late Christine Usdin (z"l), and can still (as of May 2019) be found on her website.
  • JewishGen's Latvia Database (requires free account) contains records for Bauska Jews from the following sources: Jewish Religious Personnel in the Russian Empire, 1853-1854; Latvia Births Database; Latvia Deaths Database; All Russia 1897 Census; Courland Voters Lists 1907 Duma; Kurland Young Mens Mutual Association; Courland Passlosen - Jews without Lawful Permit; Courland Enlistment Registers and Family Lists 1845 - 1874; Courland-Kherson Jewish Relocation 1837-1840; Courland Vedomosti; List of Jewish Inhabitants of Riga 1885/86; Riga Passport and Travel Documents Registration List 1900; Rezekne Family Lists; JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry - Courland