Regarding surname Murnieks, Linda, I am looking at a letter my grandfather Richard Murian (Murnieks) wrote to a relative in Australia 19 May 1947.I can give you birth or death dates at this time.Also, another relative I had forgotten.Much could be learned in I could speak Latvian with a relative I have in Latvia.
Fricis (Frederick) Murnieks dad: 19 May 1947.I was told he was quite old when he died.Wife Alvine, dob unk, b. Germany.
Richard 23 Jan 1882 (also have 1880)
Elisabete 1885 - 1948
Emma 16 Aug 1891-30 Jan 1981
Peteris 1896- ?
I am in contact with the relative of Emma as she married a Mebalds.
I am fortunate to have found these relatives and my grandfather letters to them from the 1940's as the letters were interpreted for me.