Linda, here are some replies: 1When searching in Raduraksti I do not read the entries just the key words. If I find a key word then I try reading as best as I can -- one and half years of formal study of German, same for Russian. The search for grandmother's husband was easier than most: I knew the church where birth record would be found, was trying to eliminate "older marriage partners' and the minister's handwriting was nice to look at [cannot say that for Piltene]. Before 1925 the pagasts was known as Liepnieku-Ozolu pagasts. Apparently I was corrent that the the birth was 3/10/1895 [old calendar]. But that would make birth 3/23/1895 by new calendar I think. 2Zala=zal'a'=green; ceturtdsena should be ceturtdiena. It means Thursday. Poem is entitled Green Thursday. 31938 map of the farms is good for you but I think a hardship to find in Latvia. Since have phone there are other ways to get there. Does modern electronics cover Latvia? Will get back to you how to get to Runc'i. 4Send to me Benecolumbus@att.net or 530 Mix Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43228-1946 for genealogical use. While I could translate maybe it would be better if someone in Riga who needs some financial help translate for you and possibly assist you while you are in Latvia. I know a grandmother fluent in English and some of her adult children who probably could. If interested I will see if can find contact information quickly. 5Minna is female first name in Latvia, not popular now but then was. Marriage records are easier to find but they provide less information than birth records. 6Based on my conversation with Maija I believe there was a daughter who remained in Latvia and married to a Fricis Tiltin's' who received Care packages from USA. I would look for Fricis Murnieks to be buried in USA, perhaps around 1965. Leaving one's country is hard to do. Soviets attacked Bauska late July 1944, captured it 9/14/1944. Riga fell to the Soviets October 13, 1944. Kandava was never captured by the Soviets. I suspect that Fricis Murnieks left Latvia months after your parents did. Genealogy in Latvia is almost impossible prior to 1835 for around that time the government ordered Latvians to get surnames. SEND to Maija a good photograph of the gravesite, maybe church also. 7Raduraksti is not easy but it may produce long awaited answers. I decided to translate word for word, where a word required several words in translation I ran them together. In one case I inverted word order.
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