What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
U.S., Finland, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, English and French Canada
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
Census records, solving family mysteries and breaking "stuck" lines.
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
A desire to really know my family's story. I wanted to be able to relate to history and historical events by viewing them within the context of my own family's experience. I've learned far more than I ever imagined when I began all those years ago!
Thank you so much for looking into my Korpela grandfather. I appreciate your kindness. For the record, my grandfather was the sweetest most gentle of gentlemen I've ever known. He never spoke of his mother or his childhood in Finland. Now I see why. I would love to know more about the social, political, and religious climate in a small village in Vaasa Finland in the mid 1800s. I'm very curious to know about his mother and grandmother and why two generations of women didn't bother with marriage. I'm betting it wasn't because they were forward thinking liberationists! Any Finnish sociologists out there?
Again, thank you Karyn.
Thanks so much for your help. It really is appreciated. I will use this information to do some further research here in Ireland but I must admit this is proving to be a mile high brick wall.
Thank you so much for looking for me. I really appreciate your kindness. There are two reasons why I am led to think my great-grandmother was born in CT. In the 1910 US Census one of her daughters listed her mother as being born in CT. In the 1860 US Census there is a Maria Holliday aged 5 (born in Ireland) living in Norwich, New London, CT. Definitely by 1869 Mary (or Maria) was married to Thomas Day and living here in Ireland as I have birth details for their children born here. I also have her death certificate dated 1888 (it gives her age as 35 years) but here in Ireland the age can be slightly inaccurate. She died following the birth of a baby. I have no idea if Thomas Day met and married Mary in the US. I have been unable to get any marriage records for them here in Ireland. I find it difficult to believe they would have been able to return to Ireland during those impoverished times but I can find no other reason for the lack of a marriage certificate here. I have spent so much time and money on this research I am so frustrated. I was raised by my grandfather who was Mary & Thomas's son and how I wish I had got all this history whilst there were family alive. I have managed to track down all my cousins in the US and we are in touch. I was planning to put all the family history into book form to present to each of them as a surprise when they visit the ancestral home place.
I am so grateful for your help and if I can help you in any way with any part of your own research, please let me know.
Kind regards from Ireland.
My brick wall threatens to engulf me! I believe my great-grandmother was born in Conneticut, possibly Norwich circa 1853. Certainly by 1869 she was living here in Ireland and married to my great-grandfather, Thomas Day. Can you advise please?
I totally thank you for finding this info for me. Things appear to be fitting so far. I found the name Edla Aurora Osterlund listed at my family's grave yard *thank the gods for the internet* She apperantly didn't change her surname and died in 1919 shortly after the family moved from Michigan to NY. And I only know the family moved to NY around 1919 cuz of what I read on the Fingerlake Finns website. *lol*
Now if only I could figure out Robert's wives. :/ All I know about them are their names. Aino and Anna. Dunno their maiden names.... but I have their birth years and death years. Anna L. (possably Lindstrom) was born in 1892 and died in 1930 in NY. Aino E was born Nov 29th 1894 and died April 1970. My dad only knew her as Aiti (Mother).
Well that certainly sounds like it could be them. But Robert's mother was named Anna not Edla. And I probably never found him in the immigration cuz I've been lookin in the wrong years. My dad told me that he came between 1903 and 1905.