In order to really understand records, documents, or other information you might stumble across regarding your ancestors, having a good understanding of the “where” at that time can be crucial in answering “why”.
I would attempt to put Latvia’s long-winded, detailed history into my own words here on this blog, but it’s fairly drawn out… Let me sum it up here: Latvia was invaded. A lot. By a lot of people. For a description of how, when and who by… I suggest checking out the History of Latvia