Traditionally, marriage within the Baltic provinces was virilocal (meaning women moved away from their families to stay within the husband’s farmstead), and descent was traced patrilineally. The patrilineal kin group consisted of a man and his brothers and their wives and kids. However, the household also contained female and male servants, shepherds, orphans, and foster children. Today, marriage is viewed because the natural consequence of emotional and sexual maturation, and a protracted single standing is stigmatizing for ladies. In 1998, 37 p.c of kids were born outside wedlock. In the nineteenth century, social mobility trusted training and the ability to talk German. The period of independence after World War I led to the formation of a center class of professionals and businesspeople.