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Comment by maureen gunson on July 29, 2009 at 5:26am
My Finnish connection is through my grandfather Edvard Ernst Bergheim who was born 1881 in Pernå . His parents were Carl Gustaf Bergheim & Fredrika Charlotta Andersson. I'm wondering how you go about finding which ship he left on as I believe he sailed as a living untill about 1911 when he decided to settle in Australia
Comment by Caren on July 25, 2009 at 4:06pm

My Finns are all mostly from the Pori area of Western Finland. My Great Grandfather was born Robert Nestor Osterlund in 1888 in Pori and immigrated to the U.S (via Canada) in 1911. He changed his surname to Lehto sometime around 1913. His first wife was Anna Lindstrom (born in 1892 in...uh well I dunno where...possably Finland...she came to the U.S before 1912...possably thru Boston. I've been told it was Boston but I don't know where to check the Boston records meh). His 2nd wife was...well I don't know her last name... just that it starts with an E. It's a bit of a brick wall for me. Aino E is her name....she was born in 1894 in possably Finland...

Robert's brother, Frans Rupert (or Rippert) came over in 1904 and changed his surname to Alve. Their parents Frans Nestor and Edla Aurora Osterlund came over in 1917. Frans Nestor dissapeared sometime after 1919 (when Edla died). It's believed he went back to Finland.
Comment by JC Flynt on July 22, 2009 at 11:43pm
My great-grandmother, Sylvia (Sivia) Ekman, came from Finland to Wisconsin abt 1914. She first married a Ware (my grandfather's father) and then a McGrath. She died in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I'd like to find out about her family in Finland.
Comment by Jani Koski on July 22, 2009 at 11:31pm
Koski is a VERY common last name for immigrants, since a lot of people shortened longer names (Korkiakoski, Koskivaara, Koskinen, etc.) to just Koski. Even in Finland there are dozens (if not hundreds) of unrelated Koski families, mine being one of them. My great-great-grandfather started using the name in the late 1800's so we are related to only a few Koskis. Our branch is located in Southern Finland, streching from Mäntsälä to Helsinki.

I have to mention FFHA as an addition to essential genealogy research websites in Finland, the communion books are an enormous help when used with Hiski. The website is at:
Comment by Karyn Van Kainen on July 22, 2009 at 8:07pm
Nice to see our little group of Finn's growing! My Finnish kin came from Kangasniemi, in eastern Finland, and Lapua, located in western Finland. Some of the family surnames include Viinikainen (originally, Wiinikain), Naurismaki, Kojola, Pritsila and Mannisen. I'll be happy to help others in their Finnish research if I'm able. If you have not yet visited the excellent Hiski project, part of the Genealogical Society of Finland's website, I highly recommend it. Here's the URL:

Comment by Caro Nally on July 19, 2009 at 2:58pm
Is any one researching the Koski or Komsi families?

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