Z is for Zemnieki

The old land records will often give more information than just the land details – they will discuss transfers of land in the case of the death of the original owner, sometimes provide death or marriage certificates as supporting evidence with regards to rights to the land, and so on. It was not uncommon for women to own or inherit property. In fact, three out of four of my great-grandmothers were the ones who owned the family property in the interwar period, and at least two of my great-great-grandmothers inherited the family property during the Czarist period.

Today, farmers are still an important part of Latvia’s cultural fabric. People strive to buy Latvian produce and shop at local farmers’ markets. Cities are almost deserted at times of traditional festivals such as Midsummer. The Latvian Farmers’ Union political party still exists in a coalition with the Green Party (running for Saeima as “The Union of Greens and Farmers”), pursuing a strain of agrarianism familiar in the Nordic countries that is oriented towards small enterprises instead of large conglomerates.

Do you have comments, stories or questions on Latvia’s agricultural heritage? Share and we can find answers!

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Pauline:

    Another brilliant blog, Antra. Thank you for participating in the A-Z I’ve really enjoyed learning so much.Keep on blogging!

  2. Gould Genealogy:

    Throughout the whole Alphabet Challenge you’ve managed to come up with something different, yet educational, and have written about each topic in simple terms, so as us from the other side of the world can understand aboot Latvia and it’s history. Nice work Antra … now looking forward to Ž.

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