We always thought our Blieden ancestors were from the Riga, Latvia, area.  Now we know they were from Lithuania before Latvia.  Who left Lithuania for Latvia?  Did they live in Riga or outside of the city? Who brought their pet canary with them when they left Latvia for South Africa?  Which Blieden became the first Rabbi in Muscatane, Iowa?  Mordehkl, our oldest known ancestor had 4 sons.  Three of them have well-documented branches. Use the links under the Blieden menu or the links below to take you to each page where you will read the answers to some of the questions posed above. Origins of the name Blieden Mordehklour oldest known ancestor and his children Aaron and Hannah – my paternal great-grandparents Harvey and Gussiemy paternal grandparents You can even see some of our Blieden ancestors in action in these Video Clips from the 1930’s: