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Rusanen surname
Posted on November 3, 2003 at 04:01:49 PM by Karen Mattson Vicinanza

I am doing research on my Finnish roots and have been quite successful, thanks to many of you kind experts in genealogy. However, my maternal grandmother, Helena Loviisa Rusanen, born in Sotkamo in 1876, leads me to a brick wall. I have info on her from the Migration Institute, her ship manifest from Ellis Island, but I would like info on her family. Is there someone out there that can help me? Thank you Karen Mattson Vicinanza Rome, Italy



Re(1): Rusanen surname
Posted on November 3, 2003 at 11:46:35 PM by Staffan Storteir

Hi Karen,

There are many hits when searching Rusanen in the HisKi database, but unfortunately - in common with the status for many other parishes - records for Sotkamo are not available after circa 1850. So, what to do? The best way to continue your online search, besides meanwhile waiting for some knowledgeable person happening to answer on this board (Harri B. !?), *might* be to post a query to the genealogy group of Kainuu in order to try to reach people which have access to the church records after 1850. In my experience people are happy to answer queries in English on the local lists even if the main language of the list is Finnish. You have to subscribe to the Finnish local genealogy Yahoo!Groups like 'kainuunsuvut' to become a member before posting. Addresses to all these regional groups are listed at http://sydaby.eget.net/swe/emi_ref.htm below 'Mailing lists & Message boards - General genealogy' .


Re(2): Rusanen surname
Posted on November 4, 2003 at 04:02:28 PM by Karen Mattson Vicinanza

Dear Staffan, Thank you for your info. didn't know that there was a genealogy group like kainuunsuvut and so I will try them. I thought I would try again to post my grandmother's name while I am waiting for answer to the letter written in Finnish by Harri B. for me to the Sotkamo parish. I am always grateful for all help that I recive from you experts. It was this site and June Pelo's instructions that helped me discover this interesting hobby of genealogy. Thanks again Karen Mattson Vicinanza Rome, Italy






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Posted on November 2, 2003 at 01:32:05 AM by connie korhonen

I am looking for information on my grandfathers emigration to Canada. his name was bernhard Korhonen born february 13 1902 in iisalmi finland he came to Canad in 1923. I cannot find any information on what ship he came on are where he landed. Can you help me?


Re(1): korhonen
Posted on November 2, 2003 at 04:31:31 AM by Staffan Storteir

Hi Connie,

I think we can be quite convinced that your grandfather Bernhard Korhonen left Finland on June 20 1923 onbord the ASTRAEA of the Finland Steamship Company. He had started his sea journey from Helsinki. According to the following information from the Emigrant Register his destination was Quebec.

Last name:Korhonen
First names: Bernhard
Age or age class: 21
Port of departure: Hanko
Place of destination: Quebec
State of destination: PQ
Country of destination: CDN
Price of ticket: FIM 3900
Ship from Finland: Astraea
Date of departure from Finland: 20.06.1923
Ship from England: Megantic
Date of departure from England: 29.06.1923
Ocean Line: W.Star/Dominion
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 119/31
Remarks: Helsinki!

There is a link to a description and an image of the ASTRAEA at http://sydaby.eget.net/swe/emi_ref.htm
There is an intriguing story about the MEGANTIC of the White Star Line at
Megantic 1909 - 1933 http://www.greatoceanliners.net/megantic.html

Maritime timetable images of the White Star Line http://www.timetableimages.com/maritime/images/wsl.htm

Arrival in Canada:

Please consult the page IMMIGRATION FORM 30A Ocean arrivals 1919 to 1924 http://www.archives.ca/02/020202/020202040101_e.html for finding his arrival in Canada passenger data on microfilm.

If he can be found in the FORM 30A Ocean arrivals his record ought to be on Reel T-15089 which contains Knudsen, Niels Ivar Krause to Koskimies, August
Surname groupings: Knudsen, Kn, Ko, Koch, Ko, Ko-Koehler interfiled, Ko, Ko-Kogan-Kohler interfiled, Ko-Kohn interfiled, Ko, Ko-Kondo interfiled, Ko-Kopp interfiled, Ko, Koskimies

I cite part of the information from

http://www.archives.ca/02/020202/0202020401_e.html#How and where

re "How and where to consult the records".

"You can search the records yourself by one of the following means:

You are welcome to visit the National Archives http://www.archives.ca/02/020204_e.html and use our self-serve microfilm.

You may borrow http://www.archives.ca/02/020207_e.html microfilm from the National Archives through the inter-institutional loan arrangement.

You may borrow microfilm copies of our 1865 to 1908 passenger lists through your local LDS Family History Library™ http://www.archives.ca/02/02020215_e.html.

A number of libraries and archives in Canada hold microfilm copies of some or all of our passenger lists. Click here http://www.archives.ca/02/020202/0202020401_e.html#hold to view a list of locations."







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Posted on October 19, 2003 at 05:51:36 PM by Lesa

Hi- I am looking for information on my grandmother who came to America around 1915. Her name was Mary Vivian Martin to the best of my knowledge. Can anyone e-mail me and let me know what it would have been before this? Like for instance, Maartin? I think that "Mary" was derived from Maria, but that's as far as I got. I would greatly appreciate any help I can get.

Re(1): translation
Posted on October 19, 2003 at 08:41:17 PM by Staffan Storteir

MARTIN is a not very uncommon last name (even if it is a male first name too) and it is known from many parishes in Finland. If it was shortened then there is a plethora of possible names: Martinen, Martinson, Martinmäki and many, many others. If it was shortened I would start looking at names which were difficult to pronounce in English, but would first consider that her original name was actually Martin.

To find persons named Martin* in (1) passenger lists please go to http://www.migrationinstitute.fi/migration/ml/index_e.html and type martin as last name. 143 hits; 53 of them plain Martin.

Occurence of last names Martin* in Finland: Please go to HisKi search http://www.genealogia.fi/hiski?en and click at 'All'. Try for instance 'Christened' by clicking at it and type martin as father's last name.

Most of the HisKi records end before circa 1850, and without further clues it is difficult to proceed.

It might also have been Marten, Martens known from some parishes. The designation Maartin can't be found from HisKi at all.

53 persons named Martin can as told be found from the Emigrant Register, and one Maria Martin, but she emigrated in 1905 and you may discard the record below if you know when your grandmother was born.

Last name
First names
Age or age class
Port of departure
Place of destination
State of destination
Country of destination
Price of ticket
FIM 331
Ship from Finland
Date of departure from Finland
Ship from England
Date of departure from England
Ocean Line
White Star Line
Port of departure in England
List and page

Not sure if this was of any help,

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