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Poikela brothers
Posted on December 18, 2002 at 01:18:55 AM by Kari Sarkijarvi

I am searching any kind of information about my mother's three uncles who came to USA about 100 years ago, but there are no records anywhere. Their names were Henrik ( Heikki ) Albert Poikela, Kalle Eelis Poikela and Olli Poikela. I know that Olli Poikela got his passport June the 18th 1907, but that's all. Henrik Poikela was born Dec. the 3rd 1868, Kalle Poikela was born March the 20th 1883 and Olli Poikela was born was born April the 20th 1888. My family has never received any official records about them. I have been checking online records and have never found anything. My mother told that they may have lived in Minnesota or California. I would be very grateful if anyone could give some information about any of them and we could finally solve the mystery. They were born in Rovaniemi in Finland.


Re(1): Poikela brothers
Posted on December 18, 2002 at 03:47:39 PM by Staffan Storteir

Hello Kari,

When emigrants are not found in available online archives there can of course be many causes. According to my rather short experience say 25 % are not found. I was as unsuccesful as you in finding them, but try to consider one possibility, namely that they used another surname. I don't know if this leads anywhere but there is one Poikela from Rovaniemi found from the passport register who also used the name Ranta (Mikko Arvid Poikela aka Ranta b. 20.01.1879, passport date 04.01.1910) and one Henrik Ranta can be found from the passenger lists of the Institute of Migration but his recorded age 44 years does not match your Henrik's age as he was 41 in July 1910.

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Re(1): Poikela brothers
Posted on June 18, 2003 at 02:46:02 AM by Paavo Riihitammela

I have made relationsbook Poikela,Äärelä and It's hundreads relation. In the book is many Poikela names because my mother is Poikela from Sodankylä. Poikela is from Alapaakkola and from there moved to Rovaniemi about y 1710. I live in Kirkkonummi quite near to Helsinki.


Re(2): Poikela brothers
Posted on August 1, 2003 at 03:37:20 AM by Paavo Riihitammela

Hello !
I have made relationsbook from Poikela relation. My homepage is only finnish.

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