Prior to 1922, births were registered with church authorities. In 1922, Latvia was
divided into administrative districts and local civil authorities became responsible
for birth registrations.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has limited information on, and experience
with, vital statistics records from Latvia. However, SSA does have some basic information
which affects its evaluation of these records:
delayed birth registrations are common;
until 1969 there was no time limit for registering births; and
when official changes are made in birth records they are NOT identified as such in subsequent certifications of those records. There is no way
to look at a birth certificate and determine what, if any, information was changed
or added at a later date and when that was done. Changes can be made through court
proceedings or upon submittal of adequate evidence to the record's custodian.