Village of My Ancestors: Krustpils

Today, the town of Jēkabpils has approximately 29,000 inhabitants. Most refer to the area solely as Jēkabpils, since Jēkabpils was larger, but the train station, as it is on the Krustpils side of the river, is still the Krustpils railway station. There is a small cemetery on the Krustpils side, but it has mostly fallen into ruin, and most burials happen on the Jēkabpils side. My great-grandparents, along with several other members of my extended family, are buried at the Jēkabpils cemetery.

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8 comments on this post.
  1. Joshua:

    How much info do you have on the building of the castle Krustpils? Do you know where it was quarried?

  2. J.M.:

    Great post. It was interesting to read. Being required by law to display a flag! I had no idea there were countries that had such laws.

  3. B. McGuire:

    Thanks for your post. Perhaps we’re distant relatives! I was told my grandfather’s name was Paul Stellmacher and that he was born in Latvia around 1890. He and two brothers, Ed and Sam, came to the U.S. as young men. They were from a large family and had several brothers and sisters who remained in Latvia.

    I have only recently become interested in genealogy and feel it was a real stroke of luck to have learned from your post about the Stellmachers/Stelmahers.

  4. Antra:

    B. McGuire,

    Where in Latvia was your grandfather from? I can trace precisely where my great-grandmother’s family got the name, as outlined in the post. I don’t know if Indriķis had any brothers who he would have shared the name with, or if indeed they would have chosen the same surname – Indriķis would have been in his late 20s or so when surnames were granted, so if his father was living, all brothers would have had the same name, but if his father was deceased, they may all have chosen different surnames.

  5. Margret McPharlin:

    Hello from Australia,

    I am searching for any info on my fathers family. GRASIS.. my father is Juluis Grasis and his father was Janis, his mother Alliccia(maybe spelt wrong) both divorced? and remarried? my grandmother became Bruveris..and my grandfather had a new wife who had already 2 or 3 sons. they lived on a farm. He was carpenter by trade and served in the Russian army. My Aunt Veronica died in childbirth and had 2-3 childre 3 boys are Dainis and Janis…Dainis has a daughter and 2 marriages again names unknown the daughter is Zentina Veronica..I do not know my Aunts married name but her husband could be Milo Delin of similar. My father was born in Bauska and my Grandmother lived in Riga all her life and cleaned a school. Dainis and his daughter lived with her possibly till she died..can anyone help?
    cheers Margret

  6. nickolas:

    I am looking for any information on a Sergejs Gavrilovs father of Aleksandra, Tamara & Kristina. Please anything will be of great help.

  7. Aina Steinbergs Ozols:

    My father, Andrejs Steinbergs, was born April 1, 1908 in the Krustpils region. He had a brother Jekabs, sisters Berta and Alida. He married Milda Ievins on May 30, 1936. I was born on March 21, 1937. My brother Imants Steinbergs was born June 28, 1940 and my brother Janis Steinbergs was born January 30, 1942. My father and mother passed some years ago. I am searching for any information on my father. I believe his father’s name was Janis. Does anyone have any information on this family?

  8. Aina Steinbergs Ozols:

    Thank you, Antra! Now I have my father’s mother’s name for sure. It would be nice to know my aunts and uncle’s dates of birth. But I don’t. It’s not easy to decipher the Russian language in Raduraksti to begin with. And without their birth information I cannot imagine trying to find their records. I will keep on trying, though. Dear Antra, my mother’s date of birth is December 15, 2011. I do not have a place name for where she was born, although I suspect also somewhere in or near Krustpils. Her maiden name was Milda Natalija Ievins. Her father’s name I believe was Janis Ievins. Her mother’s given name I do not remember. She had two sisters – Marta Silins nee Ievins and Alida Rozenbergs nee Ievins. Both sisters were older than my mother. My living cousins in Latvia do not seem to be interested in geneology, but I sure would like to have that information. Do you have any suggestions for me?
    Thank you,
    Aina Ozols

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