Antra Celmins is creating Genealogy blog posts and other genealogy goodies
3

patrons

$28
per month
The story so far...

Five and a half years ago, I launched my blog Discovering Latvian Roots to fill a gap in the online world - up-to-date information on available records and the research process for Latvian genealogy, in English, so that it would be accessible to people descended from Latvian emigrants all over the world.

By doing so, I accidentally launched myself into a genealogy career. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Latvian genealogy would be such an in-demand niche that I would be able to make a career out of, but it is, and I am so thankful that I can combine all of my interests into something amazing like this.

A year ago, I made the move to Latvia, to concentrate on genealogy and associated work full-time, and it has been wonderful! I am so happy that I am able to do this work as a career, and help people connect with their Latvian roots, long-lost relatives and ancestral homes and significant locations. But between the client work, genealogy courses and the work I do with the Latvians Abroad Museum and Research Centre, I haven't been able to devote myself to the Discovering Latvian Roots blog as much as I would like to - and I really would like to, considering it was what launched me on this journey in the first place!

So I've committed myself to getting back to blogging, and I hope that you can help! I learned about Patreon by way of one of my favourite musicians, Peter Hollens, and it seemed like a fantastic way to continue to grow my genealogy projects, re-commit to my blog and create more new content for my website! See below for the new publishing schedule that I am committing to!

In addition to the blog posts and the additions to the Latvian Surname Project, I am also working on genealogy-related board and card games, fiction and non-fiction!  You can read my short story "A President For His Country" featuring my genealogist/private investigator lead character Aila Rudzite on my fiction site, and also find out about my upcoming novel "Sailor in the Civil War", and soon there will also be emerging details on an as-of-yet untitled novel that will involve the Faberge eggs!

What is Patreon and how does it work?

Patreon has a very simple premise: You pledge a certain amount of money, either per creation or per month. In my case, because of the format of my work - lots of smaller creations and some creations that are difficult to quantify - I've chosen the monthly option. This means that by choosing to pledge, you will be charged that amount every month as long as you want to take part - this is important to note! Patreon is ongoing, rather than a one-time contribution on a site like Kickstarter. In return, you get all sorts of goodies on a regular basis!

What kind of goodies are available? Well, besides a hearty THANK YOU! to everyone who decides to pledge, each level of pledge comes with its own rewards.

$1 per month...

-Insider news! This means that you will have access to the Patreon-only stream that announces my new projects - books, games, etc. - before the rest of the world sees them!

$5 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter! - Every Saturday you will receive a newsletter dealing with Latvian BMD (birth, marriage, death) records. This patron level will get you a weekly newsletter that will have one birth record, one marriage record and one death record, with full translations and analysis of each one. Since this is a monthly Patreon campaign, you will be charged on the first of the month, and then the first newsletter you will receive will then be on the first Saturday of the month (first newsletter will go out July 4th!).

$10 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter! - Every Saturday you will receive a supplementary newsletter which will also have translations and analysis of one Revision List record and one 1897 Census record. Since this is a monthly Patreon campaign, you will be charged on the first of the month, and then the first newsletter you will receive will be on the first Saturday of the month (first newsletter will go out July 4th!).
-In addition, you also get to submit ideas for blog posts you would like to see!

$25 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records for the newsletter! - Have some tough records that you just can't translate? Submit them to the newsletter and they will be included there, with full translations and analysis!
-Once the $250 milestone level is reached, you will also be able to request cemeteries for me to visit!
-Access to print-and-play games - I'm working on a variety of games at the moment! Educational and fun, they will help you learn about Latvian history, genealogy and geography. By sponsoring at this level, when I release a new game, you will receive a PDF with the game, that you can then download and print at your leisure. Eventually I hope that this patron level will also receive discount codes for ordering professionally-printed copies of the games (this will be subject to availability by the game publisher I am considering).
-Access to ebooks - There are a lot of ebooks forthcoming! In addition to the fiction I am working on, there will also be non-fiction books, including different types of how-to guides.

$50 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-GENEALOGY COACHING! If you pledge at this level, you will also be able to join my Latvian Genealogy Coaching program. This isn't one of my structured courses, but you will be able to join a private group with other coaching participants, where I will provide advice and answer questions, help you formulate your research plans and get your research off the ground. You will also be able to benefit from an hour of private one-to-one live coaching with me each month, to take place on Skype.

$100 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-Genealogy coaching!
-One-Name or One-Place Study! - If there is a Latvian surname or location that you want to have a One-Name or One-Place study for, but you don't have the time/experience/web skills to run it yourself, then I can help out with that! With this level, I will set up a one-name or one-place study for you, and spend some time every month that you're a patron working on improving it. I will host it on my website, so you don't even need to worry about that! (If you want it hosted on a unique domain, we can also discuss that.)

If your financial circumstances change, you can always stop your pledge. It happens, I totally understand, and I'll be thankful for the time you were able to pledge!

The new Discovering Latvian Roots publishing schedule!


Many of these posts follow the daily themes on GeneaBloggers as a part of the global genealogy blogging community.

Monday:
  • Mappy Monday - blog post looking at Latvian maps, street names, and anything else related to geography.
Tuesday:
  • Tuesday's Tip on Facebook
  • Tombstone Tuesday - blog post looking at a gravestone from somewhere in Latvia
Wednesday:
  • Wordless Wednesday - photo posts of Latvia, different photos on the blog, Facebook and Twitter
Thursday:
  • Throwback Thursday on Twitter
Every Other Thursday:
  • New in-depth blog post! These will cover all sorts of topics related to Latvian genealogy and emigration, to help readers understand the process and context of Latvian genealogy.
Saturdays:
  • Surname Saturday on Facebook and Twitter (different in each place!)
  • Update on interesting new additions to the Latvian Surname Project on the blog

Without a set schedule:

  • Retweets and links on Latvian history and genealogy on Twitter and Facebook, WW1 Diary translations
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $25 or more per month
1 patron
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-Genealogy coaching! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-Genealogy coaching!
-I'll manage a One-Name or One-Place Study for you! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Goals
$28 of $100 per month
I will start posting indexes of First World War registers - a key resource if you don't know where your ancestors disappeared to during the First World War, often with clues as to where they lived beforehand! After this goal is reached, each month I will post my transcriptions of one register book - typically around 200 entries.
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The story so far...

Five and a half years ago, I launched my blog Discovering Latvian Roots to fill a gap in the online world - up-to-date information on available records and the research process for Latvian genealogy, in English, so that it would be accessible to people descended from Latvian emigrants all over the world.

By doing so, I accidentally launched myself into a genealogy career. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Latvian genealogy would be such an in-demand niche that I would be able to make a career out of, but it is, and I am so thankful that I can combine all of my interests into something amazing like this.

A year ago, I made the move to Latvia, to concentrate on genealogy and associated work full-time, and it has been wonderful! I am so happy that I am able to do this work as a career, and help people connect with their Latvian roots, long-lost relatives and ancestral homes and significant locations. But between the client work, genealogy courses and the work I do with the Latvians Abroad Museum and Research Centre, I haven't been able to devote myself to the Discovering Latvian Roots blog as much as I would like to - and I really would like to, considering it was what launched me on this journey in the first place!

So I've committed myself to getting back to blogging, and I hope that you can help! I learned about Patreon by way of one of my favourite musicians, Peter Hollens, and it seemed like a fantastic way to continue to grow my genealogy projects, re-commit to my blog and create more new content for my website! See below for the new publishing schedule that I am committing to!

In addition to the blog posts and the additions to the Latvian Surname Project, I am also working on genealogy-related board and card games, fiction and non-fiction!  You can read my short story "A President For His Country" featuring my genealogist/private investigator lead character Aila Rudzite on my fiction site, and also find out about my upcoming novel "Sailor in the Civil War", and soon there will also be emerging details on an as-of-yet untitled novel that will involve the Faberge eggs!

What is Patreon and how does it work?

Patreon has a very simple premise: You pledge a certain amount of money, either per creation or per month. In my case, because of the format of my work - lots of smaller creations and some creations that are difficult to quantify - I've chosen the monthly option. This means that by choosing to pledge, you will be charged that amount every month as long as you want to take part - this is important to note! Patreon is ongoing, rather than a one-time contribution on a site like Kickstarter. In return, you get all sorts of goodies on a regular basis!

What kind of goodies are available? Well, besides a hearty THANK YOU! to everyone who decides to pledge, each level of pledge comes with its own rewards.

$1 per month...

-Insider news! This means that you will have access to the Patreon-only stream that announces my new projects - books, games, etc. - before the rest of the world sees them!

$5 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter! - Every Saturday you will receive a newsletter dealing with Latvian BMD (birth, marriage, death) records. This patron level will get you a weekly newsletter that will have one birth record, one marriage record and one death record, with full translations and analysis of each one. Since this is a monthly Patreon campaign, you will be charged on the first of the month, and then the first newsletter you will receive will then be on the first Saturday of the month (first newsletter will go out July 4th!).

$10 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter! - Every Saturday you will receive a supplementary newsletter which will also have translations and analysis of one Revision List record and one 1897 Census record. Since this is a monthly Patreon campaign, you will be charged on the first of the month, and then the first newsletter you will receive will be on the first Saturday of the month (first newsletter will go out July 4th!).
-In addition, you also get to submit ideas for blog posts you would like to see!

$25 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records for the newsletter! - Have some tough records that you just can't translate? Submit them to the newsletter and they will be included there, with full translations and analysis!
-Once the $250 milestone level is reached, you will also be able to request cemeteries for me to visit!
-Access to print-and-play games - I'm working on a variety of games at the moment! Educational and fun, they will help you learn about Latvian history, genealogy and geography. By sponsoring at this level, when I release a new game, you will receive a PDF with the game, that you can then download and print at your leisure. Eventually I hope that this patron level will also receive discount codes for ordering professionally-printed copies of the games (this will be subject to availability by the game publisher I am considering).
-Access to ebooks - There are a lot of ebooks forthcoming! In addition to the fiction I am working on, there will also be non-fiction books, including different types of how-to guides.

$50 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-GENEALOGY COACHING! If you pledge at this level, you will also be able to join my Latvian Genealogy Coaching program. This isn't one of my structured courses, but you will be able to join a private group with other coaching participants, where I will provide advice and answer questions, help you formulate your research plans and get your research off the ground. You will also be able to benefit from an hour of private one-to-one live coaching with me each month, to take place on Skype.

$100 per month...

-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-Genealogy coaching!
-One-Name or One-Place Study! - If there is a Latvian surname or location that you want to have a One-Name or One-Place study for, but you don't have the time/experience/web skills to run it yourself, then I can help out with that! With this level, I will set up a one-name or one-place study for you, and spend some time every month that you're a patron working on improving it. I will host it on my website, so you don't even need to worry about that! (If you want it hosted on a unique domain, we can also discuss that.)

If your financial circumstances change, you can always stop your pledge. It happens, I totally understand, and I'll be thankful for the time you were able to pledge!

The new Discovering Latvian Roots publishing schedule!


Many of these posts follow the daily themes on GeneaBloggers as a part of the global genealogy blogging community.

Monday:
  • Mappy Monday - blog post looking at Latvian maps, street names, and anything else related to geography.
Tuesday:
  • Tuesday's Tip on Facebook
  • Tombstone Tuesday - blog post looking at a gravestone from somewhere in Latvia
Wednesday:
  • Wordless Wednesday - photo posts of Latvia, different photos on the blog, Facebook and Twitter
Thursday:
  • Throwback Thursday on Twitter
Every Other Thursday:
  • New in-depth blog post! These will cover all sorts of topics related to Latvian genealogy and emigration, to help readers understand the process and context of Latvian genealogy.
Saturdays:
  • Surname Saturday on Facebook and Twitter (different in each place!)
  • Update on interesting new additions to the Latvian Surname Project on the blog

Without a set schedule:

  • Retweets and links on Latvian history and genealogy on Twitter and Facebook, WW1 Diary translations

Recent posts by Antra Celmins

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $25 or more per month
1 patron
-A big THANK YOU!
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-Genealogy coaching! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
-Insider news!
-BMD weekly newsletter!
-Bonus record weekly newsletter!
-Submit ideas!
-Submit records!
-Request cemeteries!
-Access to print-and-play games!
-Access to ebooks!
-Genealogy coaching!
-I'll manage a One-Name or One-Place Study for you! (For more details on rewards, see the description above!)