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Posted on August 14, 2002 at 06:51:48 PM by Sunnie Empie

My husband and I, my daughter, and five of my grandchildren just returned from a an extraordinary pilgrimage to the birthplaces of our ancestors. Six months ago, I didn't know my great-grandmother's name; now we have connected with 75 cousins. I am in awe of the country and its beautiful people.

While there, I looked at church books in Kronoby where my grandmother Ida Maria Andersdotter Lillbroända lived until she emigrated to U.S. July 1892.

My question has to do with banns.

An 1895 marriage certificate, Telluride, Colorado, verifies Ida Maria Wikstrom's marriage to John Leonard Sundquist (emigrated ca. 1889-90 from Soklot). In 1901, Sundquists and their two children born in Telluride visited Finland for eight months, returning to the U.S. February 8, 1902. It is recorded in the Nykarleby 1931 book that during that visit, the banns were read at three consecutive dates, the last two weeks of December 1901 and the first week of January 1902.

To my knowledge, the readings were not entered in the Nykarleby church book in 1901-02; rather, they are entered in a 1931 book, the same year the Sundquist’s eldest daughter returned to Finland for a visit.

My questions are: why would it be necessary to have the banns read 10 years after Ida Maria left Finland, and six years after they were married and had children?

Secondly, why would the reading of the banns be entered in Nykarleby church book when Ida Maria’s church was Kronoby, and she had fulfilled her church requirements according to the Kronoby book?

Arlene Sundquist Empie (Sunnie Empie)

  • Re(1): Banns - By Staffan Storteir September 22, 2003 at 05:26:16 PM
Re(1): Banns
Posted on September 22, 2003 at 05:26:16 PM by Staffan Storteir

Hi Sunnie,

I talked with a person this summer whose father had been in America a couple of times and he told me that when his father returned to Finland his marriage in the US was not considered valid by the clergyman of the Finnish church apparently for no other reason than it was contracted over there and he had to get it officially confirmed once again in Finland by the Finnish church. I wonder if this was restricted to only some particular parishes or if it was a general rule to do so here in Finland.


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