TESTAMENT OF OLD KORRI
March 2nd was my
70 th birthday and so I hereby give my last will and testament. For
my boys I leave the whole Province of Vaasa except places of Vilumaki
(Coldhill), Nalkamaki (Hungerhill) and Kuolemankorpi (Deathbackwoods)*,
since my boys have nothing to do with these places. If I will survive
with government food rations, so my old age funds, (Vilumake, Nalkmake
and Kuolemankorpi ) can be given to Hitler in Germany. While there
is no gold in Finland at the moment, Hitler steals all the churchbells.
But if those three places would make Hitler happy perhaps he would
leave the churchbells alone.
* (no such places
in Vaasa) Elias Korpi (brother of Matti Korri) Connaut Station, Ontario
Posted by Alicia
the Rich and Famous
You can find wills
of some renowned people on a number of websites. Some include transcriptions
and digital images of the actual wills. Wills online of several who
died during the 20th century include Diana, Princess of Wales; John
F. Kennedy, Jr.; Elvis Presley, and famous American baseball players
-- Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat; and Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper.
At Britain's National
Archives are the wills of more than 100 famous people, dated from
1553 through 1858. They include such well-known figures as Jane Austen,
Sir Francis Drake, John Donne, and Sir Francis Bacon. Through the
website's DocumentsOnline feature, you can search for and download
any of these wills for a fee. William Shakespeare's will can be downloaded
free of charge, but you must pay a fee for the others. http://www.documentsonline.pro.gov.uk/PROB1wills.asp
in RootsWeb Review: Vol. 7, No. 19, 12 May 2004.
Ancient Mothers: Possible, but not Likely
By Gregg Bonner of Michigan
I have noticed that
many people who publish genealogical material do not bother to test
whether the information is plausible. This is usually due to a lack
of event-date association. When precise dates are not known people
often neglect to enter any date information at all.
However, if the author
had entered even the broadest of possible date ranges for the events
in question, then he would recognize that the sequence as a whole
is not plausible for ANY set of particular dates he might pose as
a possibility. Once the date ranges were given, it would become clear
that to make the line possible, one person would have to live to be
well over 100, or else another person would have to be a grandfather
at age 25, or else some other equally unlikely occasion would need
The problem with
many such pedigrees is that they are maintained under the argument
that they are possible, and no effort is made to see that they are
also plausible. One of the greatest classes of offenders is the "ancient
Women really do not
give birth to children in their 50s, excepting extraordinarily rare
instances. To illustrate my point, I take data from the United States
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, 1998 Natality
Statistics. These figures show that among the nearly four million
live births in the United States in 1998, only about 160 of them were
to women aged 50 and above. This represents approximately 0.004% of
live child births.
The oldest age category
given is age 54, for which there were six live births. To make the
point more vivid, compare to the five live births to mothers aged
10. Continuing the theme, there were 19 live child births to mothers
aged 53, compared to 23 born to mothers aged 11. In sum, the total
of live births to mothers aged 50 or more is LESS than the number
of live births to mothers aged 12 or younger. Please note also that
these data include all manner of modern fertility treatments that
would not have been available to our ancestors.
I have had many people
tell me that it is relatively common for women to have children in
their mid-50s, only to proceed to point out several cases from their
own database. These, however, are not cases of bona fide live child
births to women aged 50 and greater -- these are rather simply errors.
In a database of 25,000 persons, you can expect a grand total of approximately
one person to have been born to a mother aged 50 or more.
in RootsWeb Review: Vol. 7, No. 18, 5 May 2004.
emigrant register Internet databases
"The emigrant databases are free to search for names.
The registration fee, 10 euros a year, gives access to the rest
of the information. Payment can be made through our Web Store
or as bank transfer.
search (paid service for registered users)
What do I get for the user fee? Registered customers can search
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- Passenger lists (318 000 records)
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- Register of Australian Finns (3 800 records)
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The user fee includes use of the databases and personal assistance
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World Wide Web Inventor Receives One Million Euros Prize
from Finnish Technology Award Foundation
15th April 2004
By MANS HULDEN The Associated Press 4/15/04 11:13 AM
Finland (AP) -- The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide
Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been awarded the first Millennium Technology
The award, which
includes a cash prize of 1 million euros ($1.2 million), was established
in 2002 "for an innovation that directly promotes people's quality
of life, is based on humane values, and encourages sustainable economic
recognized as the creator of the World Wide Web while working for
the CERN Laboratory in the early 1990s, the European center for nuclear
research near Geneva, Switzerland.
Thursday, April 8, 2004 CONNIE LENZEN for The Columbian
INS was placed under the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
(BCIS). This agency maintains the naturalization certificate files,
known as C-Files. These are all U.S. naturalizations conducted after
Sept. 27, 1906, from all states and territories and from all courts
federal, state, and local.
BCIS has an index
to the C-Files. The files are available for family historians under
the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act. "...
Old Scam Now Targeting
By Ed Criscuolo
For 20 years or more, long before the Internet as we know it, there
was a scam going on by mail known as the "Nigerian Scam" (also known
as a "4-1-9" or "Advance Fee Fraud" scheme). Nowadays, it is done
via e- mail over the Internet. Typically, messages from Nigeria (or
Sierra Leone, or the Ivory Coast, or almost any other foreign nation)
are sent to addresses taken from large mailing lists. They go something
A wealthy foreigner
needs your help moving millions of dollars from his homeland to
yours and will reward you with a hefty percentage of this fortune
if you agree to assist him.
In another variation:
A church or religious
organization is contacted by a wealthy foreigner who says he desires
nothing more than to leave his considerable fortune to that particular
Now there is a
new variation, specifically targeting genealogists. In it, the scammer
claims to have the same surname as you, and wants you to pose as his
uncle (or other family member) in order to assist in claiming/releasing/transferring
a large sum of money left by his late family, which he will share
. . .
Clearly this has
been designed to prey on our usual eagerness to help out anyone with
the same surname. After all, they might really be family.
Should you agree
to participate in this international bail-out, something will go wrong.
Paperwork will be delayed. Questions will be asked. Officials will
need to be bribed. Money from you, an insignificant sum, really, in
light of the windfall about to land in your lap, will be required
to get things back on track. You pay, you wait for the transfer .
. . and all you'll get in return are more excuses about why the funds
are being held up and assurances that everything can be straightened
out if you'll just send a bit more cash to help the process along.
Once your bank account has been sucked dry or you start making threats,
you'll never hear from these scammers again. As for the money you've
thrown at this -- it's gone forever. Information on this scam can
be found at the 419 Coalition Website: http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/
Previously published in RootsWeb Review: Vol. 7, No. 14, 7 April
Genealogy Search Help for Google: This free site will help
you use Googleğ to search for your genealogy. It will create
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your search results.
Jerusalem Post Mar. 18, 2004 16:44
Terrororganisationen Hamas har i minst ett år haft en
hemsida på det finsk-svenska bolaget TeliaSoneras server.
Webbplatsen hyllar självmordsbombare och innehåller
Hufvudstadsbladet Fredag 19.3.2004
ABC News online Friday, March 19, 2004
Hegghammer, who researches Islamist websites at the Norwegian Defence
Research Establishment, last year found a 42-page document detailing
how terrorist attacks timed for the Spanish elections could damage
the Western coalition in Iraq."
Lizette Alvarez NYT Thursday, March 11, 2004
"HELSINKI Turo Herala is the first to admit that his mission
to teach Finns how to get angry and make a scene, or even how to feel
joy and happiness, is in all likelihood bound for failure."
Identifying networks of mutual friends helps filter out spam.
Nature Science Update 19 February 2004
The Family Tree Magazine (GA), February/March 2004.
"Many genealogists who trace their family history find themselves
with the additional burden of losing their name in translation.
Mark Dennen believed that his surname was rare when he began exploring
his family history. Knowing it was Irish in origin, he began his search
among the records of Ireland. He was surprised to discover that Dennen
was a derivative of O'Doineannaigh and that there were many who descended
from that surname. Rather than having few who shared his origins,
the opposite turned out to be the case. From Dennen to Dennehy to
Denenshe, there were many who had similar names, and all were related.
Whether slightly or dramatically, names often changed when families
emigrated to America. In order to Americanize themselves, some immigrants
Anglicized their name by translating it literally. Thus Rousseau became
Brooks, and so on. "
"Professor Heikki Ylikangas recommends that the handover of civilian
and military prisoners from Finland to Germany and the Soviet Union
be examined. Ylikangas submitted his report, addressed to the Prime
Minister's Office, to Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen on Friday, 16
January. The report was compiled as a response to the letter by the
Simon Wiesenthal Center to the President of Finland."
massive destruction of sources, a sufficient basis for more extensive
research does exist. The statement mentions that in general one or
perhaps two research projects would be justified. The first of these
would take three years to complete and would attempt to explain the
handover of civilian and military prisoners to Germany and the Soviet
Union (immediately after the war), decision-making at different levels,
the legality of the procedure, and - if possible - the deaths in prison
camps in Finland and, in the case of Finnish prisoners, in the Soviet
Union, too. Finnish soldiers listed as missing should also be included
in the study. A second, separate project would involve a joint effort
with Russian researchers and would concentrate on the fate of the
Ingrians after they had been returned to the Soviet Union.
It would be essential for at least the first of the projects suggested
to build up a file based on electronic identity cards that would be
published on the Internet and properly updated. There is no other
way to obtain accurate numbers or reliable comparisons between different
sources of information (lists of names). Only in this way could a
thorough and accurate response be made to the request by the Simon
Wiesenthal Center to the President of Finland, which is the reason
for the compilation of this report. "
USA 2004 - Lake Worth-Lantana area, Feb 11-15, 2004
Homesite of FinnFest
By Greg Jerrett, Staff
Nonpareil (IA), December 31, 2003.
"Family histories can be long and complicated.
No one knows that
better than Marsha Pilger who recently published a 1,763 page, two
volume publication detailing the family history of the French Huguenots,
Jacques and Lydia (Williams) Cozart who immigrated to New Amsterdam
(New York) in 1662.
Called "Cozad Connections,"
the book took more than 40 years of research to complete and is the
combined effort of Janice (Keeling) Cozad of California, Betty (Cozad)
Trout of Minnesota and Pilger's co-author, Marilyn Cozad of Henderson,
JOHNS EagleHerald staff writer
(WI), December 31, 2003.
"As some people put it, "If you don't know where you come from,
how will you know where you are going?" Genealogy, the study of one's
lineage, is thriving as a hobby, driven in part by the variety of
Internet resources -- from family histories to ship's passenger lists
-- that were unavailable a few years back. "
30 000 new records added which means that the passport register now
contains about 158 000 persons.