May I add my voice to Feige Kauvar Stern's query about migration >from Birzai
to Latvian Courland? My grandmother's grandfather Helman GUTMAN came from
Birzai, according to records provided by the Latvia State Archive. He
married Frada WESTERMAN (b. 1824) in Jaunjelgava, and records show they
brought children into the world in both towns but stayed in Jaunjelgava.
We have often wondered how he came to be in Jaunjelgava - not a great
distance by today's reckoning, but quite a journey back then. Was it for
trade, or to seek a wife, or to escape >from something in his hometown?
GUTMAN (Birzai); GUTMAN, WEINER, WESTERMAN (Jaunjelgava)