This weekâ€™s ancestor is KristÄ«ne Kvante, born July 11, 1833 (some sources say 1830, but she is not even a year old at the time of the 1834 revision list), and died sometime after 1867. She is my great-great-great-grandmother, by way of my paternal grandmother’s paternal grandfather, JÄ“kabs Å Ä«rs (you read about JÄ“kabs’ paternal grandfather Marcis Å Ä«rs several weeks ago).
KristÄ«ne Kvante was born on CÄÄ¼u folwark (“half-estate” – a small estate that was a subsidiary of a larger estate), on the south shore of Lake Burtnieki, to parents JÄ“kabs and Marija. JÄ“kabs was a carpenter. KristÄ«ne had five older siblings, JÄnis (c. 1818), JÄ“kabs (c. 1819), Anna (c. 1822), PÄ“teris (c. 1827) and Marija (c. 1831). The family moved estates frequently – they had moved to CÄÄ¼u folwark from Burtnieki estate in 1826, and then they moved again to Briedes estate prior to KristÄ«ne’s marriage in 1851. KristÄ«ne married JÄnis Å Ä«rs on November 21, 1851 at MatÄ«Å¡i Lutheran Church.
KristÄ«ne would continue to move around for much of her life. The family moved to StÄberÄ£i estate near Aloja in 1858, which is where my great-great-grandfather JÄ“kabs Å Ä«rs was born in 1862. They moved to Milite estate in 1863, and then VilzÄ“ni in 1868. This is where the trail ends, though there are some indications that they may have continued on to LimbaÅ¾i at some point, but I have not found them there yet. By this time, there are so many people with the names Å Ä«rs and Kvante running around northern Latvia that I haven’t had the opportunity to trace them all. In addition to JÄ“kabs, KristÄ«ne and her husband JÄnis had at least three more children – JÄnis, PÄ“teris and Marcis.
KristÄ«ne’s family story highlights the importance of the incoming/outgoing registers to keep track of people who moved about frequently – without them, people could easily just disappear without a trace, even if they only moved a few kilometres away. But thankfully, in the areas where these registers survive, they will provide detailed information about who left a place, when, where they went, and then on the other end, when they got there and from where. So even if a register on one end might be missing, the other can still provide some of the information and you can keep your trace going.
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