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looking for GRASIS, /BRUVERIS families from Latvia

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I am searching for my Latvian relatives.
The names GRASIS, BRUVERIS, also my cousins JANIS, DAINIS, and ZENTA.

My grandfather was JANIS GRASIS, my Grandmother was ALLICIA (maybe incorrect spelling) and her 2nd married name was BRUVERIS.
JANIS left to live on a farm near Riga, Latvia and married a woman who already had 2 or 3 children. My father Julius knows that his father Janis was a high ranking Major in the Army. This is all the information I have.
My father JUILUS GRASIS had a sister VERONICA ZENTINA, and a brother who died very young. I do not know VERONICAs married name but her husband may have been MILOS. She had 2 sons JANIS and DAINIS. She died giving birth.
I know very little about JANIS.
I know that DAINIS was married twice and that one of his wives names might be SANDRAS. Dainis has a daughter named ZENTA. Dainis and Zenta lived with our grandmother after his wife died to help raise little Zenta.
Dainis, Zenta and Allicia all lived in Varpu street,(name may be incorrect) Riga/Yelgava, Latvia, in Allicias house till she died. We think Allicia lived till her 90s but contact was lost around that time.
If any one could help me find my family I would be very happy.

Cheers Margret from Australia.

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on 2008-11-08 03:21:52

margret , from Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Nov 2008. is researching the following names: GRASIS, GRASISBRUVERIS, BRUVERIS.

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by allycat on 2008-11-08 05:47:37

I was going to advise you to look at the Latvia Genealogy Forum but see you have already done so.

Have you seen this:-

"...Graviius - "The etymological origin of Grazevicius is the Lithuanian word grazus which means beautiful. Lithuanian surname cognates include: Grays, Graáitis, Gralis, Graénas, Granis, Graviius, Grainis, Graùlis, and Graùtis. There were 28 Graviius families living in Lithuania circa 1985 [Vanagas, op. cit., 1985]."
Charles J. emaitis, Decatur, IL.
"Grasis, Grasus, Graske, Grasnick, Grasicke, Grazevicius, Graziskauskas, Grazulis: Podehl '4444 Namen...' confirms the interpretation of 'beautiful'. The old Prussian word 'grasus' means 'beautiful', the word 'grasika' means 'to flatter'."
Beate Szillis-Kappelhoff, Salzbergen, Germany. ..."

The Zemaitis Homepage - Lithuanian Surnames

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