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BennieH
06-11-04, 15:15
I am searching for my grandfathers origin and family in Finland.
Great grandmothers name was Kaisa Hilli and her birthdate is listed as 1848. Great Grandfathers name is unknown and he passed away before they left for America.
Grandfather was Victor Hilli born Nov 09, 1885.
They traveled to Michigan (United States). I found their passports were issued on Dec 10, 1902 and the they took the ship Arcturus to England. Their home parish was Jepau.
Great grandmother Kaisa's birthdate is listed as 1848.

There were 2 stepsisters that preceded my grandfather to Michigan. Sanna (b.1869?) and Anna (b.1873?)

There is some other minor information but not of much help. If it desied I can post it.

Thank you for any help anyone can give me.

Bob Hill

kpaavola
06-11-04, 17:38
Hi Bob and welcome to Finlander Forum!

I tried to do some initial searches but haven't been able to find their arrival record.

Searching Ellis Island site, I see many Hillis from Jeppo but none that are specifically the people you mention. I also checked the missing manifests site but came up empty.

I checked the Migration Institute site and saw Caisa and Victor's passenger record. I don't have a subscription to that site so I only saw their names and travel date listed. Maybe that's the same site you already saw to obtain the info you have.

The Mormon site turned up 0 results too.

I checked HisKi and the parish is Jeppo-Jepua and records are available as follows:
Jeppo - Jepua
Christened (1887-1898)
Buried (1887-1900)
All (1887-1900)
Statistics (1887-1900)

I saw some Hilli records there but again, nothing that was conclusive. There are no records for Jeppo prior to 1850 so either Jeppo was part of another parish or the books were destroyed. Many someone from Finland can better answer that question.

I'll check the census records and see if they'll shed any additional light. Have you looked into ordering microfilm/fiche from the Family History Center in your locale for Jeppo for post 1850? That may be your best alternative if these other methods fail.

kpaavola
06-11-04, 17:43
Do you happen to know the name of the ship they took from England to US? Arcturus sailed from Finland to England. Knowing the ship from England, we can check the manifest for that ship on the missing manifests site and try to find them there.

granskare
06-11-04, 18:13
Hi and welcome to sfhs!

If you know the town in Michigan, that could be of help in searching for information.

Chuck Maki

syrene
06-11-04, 18:34
Hi,
Here's an entry from Ellis Island database. It's free to register and use it. www.ellisisland.org
I checked the ship's manifest and she told the purser she was going to a cousin in Detroit.
Syrene
First Name: Sanna Lisa
Last Name: Hilli
Ethnicity: Finn
Last Place of Residence: Finland
Date of Arrival: December 02, 1900
Age at Arrival: 19y Gender: F Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: St. Louis
Port of Departure: Southampton
Manifest Line Number: 0019

hromar
06-11-04, 21:13
You have to look in Nykarleby, not Jeppo. Until 1860 Jeppo parish was a part of Nykarleby.

I foud the followin looking in HiSki for Kajsa (cajsa) Hilli:

13.11.1841 Y.Jeppo drg. Jac. And.ss. Bärs b.dr. Anna Caisa Carlsdr. Hilli

This is too early and it is a marrige. Could it be Kajsas parents??

hromar
06-11-04, 21:18
Here is another Hilli

22.11.1846 Alahärmä b.s. Elias Joh.ss. Hilli trp.dr. Sanna Caisa Joh.dr. Hilli Ytterjeppo

BennieH
07-11-04, 07:38
Hi All,
Thanks for your help so far.
We have not been able to find the ship that they took from England to the US.
My father (who has passed away) had very little in information. He always said that his dad was the kind of person that if he did not tell you about something you didn't ask.
Their destination was listed as Gladstone, Michigan.

granskare
07-11-04, 08:03
Hi,
I did not find surname Hilli in Delta County but I did find it Iron County.

at Swenson S 27-3 = Iron Co, Crystal Falls, Finnish Lutheran (merged with Swedish to form United Lutheran)

38w | Anna Sofia | Hilli | Jan 29 1885 | Oravais | unk |S 27-3

53h | John. Jak. | Hilli | Matalamäki |Dec 17 1880 | Kurikka | 1900 | S 27-3

62h | Jakob| Hilli | 1842 | Vörå | unk | S 27-3

code order: source| given name| surname| other names| born| parish| emigrated| church code.

38w = page 38 wife
S 27-3 = Swenson code for this church.
Swenson is the Swedish Immigration Center here in town.
unk = unknown This database is only of Finnish born people.

Likely not your ppl but better to report what is here.

Chuck Maki i Rock Island, IL

Alf Blomqvist
07-11-04, 09:29
I found Hilli at following places in Finland Swedish (Finnish)
Kelviå (Kälviä)
Karleby (Kokkola)
Helsingfors (Helsinki)
Nykarleby lkm (Uudenkaarlepyyn mlk) - part of Nykarleby now (Uusikaarlepyy)
Jeppo (Jepua) - part of Nykarleby now (Uusikaarlepyy)

In Sweden
Vilhelmina

kpaavola
07-11-04, 17:23
Originally posted by kpaavola
I checked the Migration Institute site and saw Caisa and Victor's passenger record.

Syrene, could you please check this record on the Migration Institute site? Maybe it'll have the name of the ship taken from England.

If we can find the ship they took, we can find the port it arrived. If not Ellis Island, then I know someone who can check arrivals into other ports.

Bob,
It may be that ordering microfilm/fiche from the Family History Center will be your best chance of tracing your ancestors.

syrene
07-11-04, 17:48
Last name Hilli Search in other databases
Here's the material on Victor. Note that his wife Kaisa is with him.
Syrene
Passport records
Reference records


First names Victor
Age or age group 1M
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Gladstone
State of destination MI
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket USD 32
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 10.12.1902
Ship from England *
Date of departure from England 99.99.9999
Ocean Line Dominion Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 30/73
Remarks Mk Kaisa Hilli.

syrene
07-11-04, 17:49
Last name Hilli Search in other databases
Passport records
More of their journey:
Reference records


First names Kaisa
Age or age group 1N
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Gladstone
State of destination MI
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket USD 32
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 10.12.1902
Ship from England *
Date of departure from England 99.99.9999
Ocean Line Dominion Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 30/73
Remarks Mk Victor Hilli.
Syrene

syrene
07-11-04, 17:52
Last name Hilli

First names Kaisa
Other names *
Date of birth . .1848
Marital status 3
Religion Lut.
Occupation Loisen lki
Home parish Jepua
Province VAA
Passport date 07.11.1902
Passport number 4183
Passport valid (year:month) 4:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by VAA
Remarks *

Syrene

syrene
07-11-04, 17:54
There's no passport record for Victor. But is Jakob one of your family?
Last name Hilli
Passenger records

First names Jakob
Other names *
Date of birth . .1881
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Jepua
Province VAA
Passport date 11.03.1901
Passport number 510
Passport valid (year:month) 2:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by VAA

Syrene

syrene
07-11-04, 17:55
Could your Victor have used his middle name?
Last name Hilli Search in other databases
Passenger records


First names Jakob
Other names *
Date of birth . .1881
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Jepua
Province VAA
Passport date 11.03.1901
Passport number 510
Passport valid (year:month) 2:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by VAA

Good luck!
Syrene

kpaavola
07-11-04, 18:25
Well, I was hoping the details of the passenger record would list the ship name. It does provide the ship line's name: Dominion. Here's a link that provides some details: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/dominion.html

Any of these could be a possibility of the port they arrived:
1872-1926 Liverpool - Queenstown (Cobh) - Quebec - Montreal.
1872-1926 Liverpool / Bristol (Avonmouth) - Halifax - Portland (Maine) / Philadelphia.
1888-1914 Liverpool - Cobh - Baltimore (winter service)
1896-1929 Liverpool - Boston

I'll contact my friend and see if he can find anything for these ports. It may take a while so please be patient.

Sören Ahinko
07-11-04, 20:32
I have a book "Lassila västra i Jeppo". And there is Hilli hemman n:o 3 in Lassila. There is lots of Hillis, but I didn´t found Kajsa or Victor.

There is also one list of people who had moved from the village.
And there I found:

Inhyseskvinnan (what´s the english word for that?) Kajsa Hilli f. 1848, med fl.nr 4183, 07.11.1902 till Amerika.
But not Victor.

And like Syrene wrote earlier there is one Jacob Hilli:
Bondesonen Jakob Johansson Hilli f. 1881, med fl.nr 510,
11.03.1901 till Amerika.

There is also one picture over some young people from Gränden in 1910. And there is one Viktor Hilli, maybe that´s the right one?

I will look some more in this book later.


Sören in Fagersta
where we had one very sunny day today.

Alf Blomqvist
07-11-04, 22:02
Originally posted by BennieH
Grandfather was Victor Hilli born Nov 09, 1885.
Their home parish was Jepau.

There were 2 stepsisters that preceded my grandfather to Michigan. Sanna (b.1869?) and Anna (b.1873?)

Bob Hill

:p

Is this the family?

BennieH
08-11-04, 02:07
Wow!
Lots of information!
I am contacting my one living Aunt to see if there were additional siblings left in Finland.
My grandfather did not have a seperate passport since he was travelling with his mother (Kaisa).
His full name that he used here we have from records here was Victor Rudolf Hill.
He could have changed his first name since they did change the name from Hilli to Hill.

Thank you for all of the help so far.

Alf Blomqvist
08-11-04, 08:30
Originally posted by BennieH
Wow!
Lots of information!


There are descendants in USA to above picture. I could send it private if you prefer.

kpaavola
13-11-04, 06:53
I contacted my friend who visits the Archives for ship arrival records and sure enough he found Caisa and Victor. Here's an excerpt of what he said in his email. He's mailing me a copy of the arrival record so if you'd like a copy of it, let me know your mailing address and I'll forward it along to you.

"I went to the Boston arrivals. I did not use the index because it is often not readable (too light). I felt with the potential date
it would not be too tough to look at all the Boston arrivals
from England in the latter part of December. I found them-
they left England on the 20th (it seems that they had a rather
long wait in England). They sailed on the SS Commonwealth.
About the only thing there mentioning a relative was that they
were going to Gladstone to the daughter of Kaisa- Sanna Lisa Lundstrom(I think)."

BennieH
14-11-04, 06:15
Alf Blomqvist, kpaavola, Sören Ahinko, syrene & any I have missed,
You are all so helpful!
I will accept all of the information you have.
We have worked on this for years and seemed to run into nothing but hurdles and road blocks. All that you have contributed so far exceeds our efforts to date.

My Aunt had heard the name Johannes and she thought it was another family surname.

kpaavola, I will send you my address by email.

Where did all of you learn to find so much? I am amazed at how quickly all of you helped.

Bob

kpaavola
14-11-04, 06:37
Hi Bob,
Glad this Forum is helping you in your quest for information. It's like the "gift that keeps on giving". As each of us gets from the gift of others, so do we give to others to help them. We all have received help from others so it's only natural to remember how it was and try to do the best to help those seeking help.

The more you give, the better you get at giving!

;)

BennieH
14-11-04, 21:16
Alf,

With the family tree you posted the names look good, however we are unaware of the other names. Sanna, Anna and Viktor we know of. I do not see Caisa listed as the mother or is it because she was a step mother?
Also is there any translation of the Finnish that is there?

Thank You,

Bob

BennieH
16-11-04, 04:26
Hi All,

Some additional information from my Aunt:
Sanna would have already been 31 years old in 1900. Also, I know the family name of Bjirk or Bjork belongs to Kaisa. I don't know if that was her maiden name or her first husband's (Sanna and Anna's father). His name was John.

Bob

jeanette
16-11-04, 07:55
Hi Bob,
I was searching the Minnesota indexes at the Genealogical Society of Finland url http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/indexe.htm
Emigration, USA, Indexes, Swede Finns in Cook County when I came across this and wondered if he might be one of yours.

Hill, John. Born 6-12-1887 Jeppo, Finland, died 9-22-1966. Wife Edith Catherine Hanson Hill.

Here is a list of Hilli in USA on 1910 census. No Victor listed so have added Victor Hill entries for MI.
Surname,Given Name,Age,Sex,Race,Birthplace,County,Locality,T624-Roll,Part,Page,Subpage,State
HILLEY,JOHN,51,M,WHITE,FINLAND,PACIFIC,SUNSHINE PCT,1667,1,308,A,WA
HILLE,FRANK,29,M,WHITE,FINLAND,WORCESTER,ROYALSTON ,629,3,181,B,MA
HILLE,CASTE,42,M,WHITE,FINLAND,ST LOUIS,GREAT SCOTT TWP,723,1,136,B,MN
HILLE,ISAAC,54,M,WHITE,FINLAND,DEER LODGE,WARM SPRINGS SCHOOL DIST,831,1,188,A,MT
HILLE,GUS,54,M,WHITE,FINLAND,PACIFIC,WILLAPA PCT,1667,1,224,A,WA
HILLE,OSCAR,28,M,WHITE,FINLAND,ONEIDA,SUGAR CAMP,1730,1,54,A,WI
HILLI,JOHAN,23,M,WHITE,FINLAND,SAN MIGUEL,PANDORA 20-PCT,125,2,139,A,CO
HILLI,KALLA,29,M,WHITE,FINLAND,SAN MIGUEL,PANDORA 20-PCT,125,2,139,A,CO
HILLI,ABRAM,37,M,WHITE,FINLAND,SUFFOLK,25-WD BOSTON,625,2,137,B,MA
HILLI,JACK,27,M,WHITE,FINLAND,MIDDLESEX,MAYNARD,60 2,1,225,B,MA
HILLI,AMALIA,47,F,WHITE,FINLAND,GOGEBIC,6-WD IRONWOOD,647,3,170,B,MI
HILLI,HERMAN,21,M,WHITE,FINLAND,HOUGHTON,ADAMS TWP,646,1,182,A,MI
HILLI,JOHN,35,M,WHITE,FINLAND,MARQUETTE,1-WD MARQUETTE,662,1,154,B,MI
HILLI,JOHN,23,M,WHITE,FINLAND,MACKINAC,HUDSON TWP,658,2,148,A,MI
HILLI,JOHN K,31,M,WHITE,FINLAND,GOGEBIC,IRONWOOD TWP,647,3,72,B,MI
HILLI,JOSEPH,27,M,WHITE,FINLAND,GOGEBIC,6-WD IRONWOOD,647,3,181,B,MI
HILLI,MATTI,25,M,WHITE,FINLAND,GOGEBIC,6-WD IRONWOOD,647,3,178,B,MI
HILLI,NUKO,44,M,WHITE,FINLAND,SCHOOLCRAFT,GERMFASK TWP,675,1,97,B,MI
HILLI,JAKOP,43,M,WHITE,FINLAND,ST LOUIS,EMBARRASS,722,2,261,B,MN
HILLI,JOHN,25,M,WHITE,FINLAND,CASCADE,TIGER BUTTE SCHOOL DIST,830,1,273,B,MT
HILLI,CHARLIE,22,M,WHITE,FINLAND,CLATSOP,WARRENTON ,1278,2,316,B,OR
HILLIE,MIKE,26,M,WHITE,FINLAND,HOUGHTON,3-WD HANCOCK,646,1,240,B,MI
HILLIE,AUGUST,41,M,WHITE,FINLAND,MULTNOMAH,1-WD PORTLAND,1285,1,64,A,OR
HILL,VICTOR,27,M,WHITE,FINLAND,4-DIVISION,FAIRBANKS,1749,2,247,A,AK
HILL,VICTOR,0,M,NOT CODED,FINLAND,SHOSHONE,ENAVILLE,227,2,115,A,ID
HILL,VICTOR,26,M,WHITE,FINLAND,PLYMOUTH,ABINGTON,6 10,3,23,A,MA
HILL,VICTOR,20,M,WHITE,FINLAND,IRON,CRYSTAL FALLS TWP,652,1,13,B,MI
HILL,VICTOR,30,M,WHITE,FINLAND,GOGEBIC,BESSEMER TWP,647,3,51,B,MI
HILL,VICTOR,26,M,WHITE,FINLAND,HOUGHTON,ELM RVR TWP,647,1,133,A,MI
HILL,VICTOR,36,M,WHITE,FINLAND,MARQUETTE,5-WD MARQUETTE,662,1,251,A,MI
HILL,VICTOR,42,M,WHITE,FINLAND,DICKINSON,BREEN TWP,644,2,74,B,MI
HILL,VICTOR,42,M,WHITE,FINLAND,CHIPPEWA,2-WD SAULT ST MARIE,641,2,150,B,MI

Jeanette

Alf Blomqvist
16-11-04, 17:54
I have no information re. Caisa.

The information is written in Swedish. Do you understand something or is everything unclear?

BennieH
22-11-04, 05:24
A little repeat of what we now are sure of:
Great grandmothers name was Kaisa Hilli and her birthdate is listed as 1848. Great Grandfathers name is unknown and he passed away before they left for America.
Grandfather was Victor Hilli born Nov 09, 1885.
They traveled to Michigan (United States) from Jepau. I found the passport for Kaisa & it was issued on Dec 10, 1902. I was told that Victor may not have needed a passport since he was travelling with his mother.
They took the ship Arcturus to England, Dominion line. Thanks to kpaavola We now know they took the SS Commonwealth to Boston Dec 20, 1902.
There were 2 stepsisters that preceded my grandfather to Michigan. Sanna (b.1869?) and Anna (b.1873?). Sanna's married name was Sanna Lisa Lempinen. Anna was married to a Berg, widowed and later remarrried to a Johnson.

At least some of the pieces are starting to come together.

Bob

Margareta L
28-12-04, 23:57
Bob,
Here little Hilli family information:
Kaisa Johansdaughter Lillbjörk, b.30.11.1846 Kronoby, Lillbjörk Parents: Johan Jakobsson Lillbjörk and wife Anna Eriksdaughter.
Kaisa get married 30.11.1866 in Nykarleby with shoemaker Gustaf Johansson Hilli, b.17.9.1839 in Jeppo, Lassila, d. before 1887 ( Jeppo parish communionbooks 1871-86 are destroyed in a fire 1886). Parents: Johan Simonsson Lilljungar-Hilli and wife Susanna Elisabeth Eliasdaughter Hilli
Children: Johannes Gustafsson, b.3.7.1868, d.3.8.1868
Sanna Lisa Gustafsdtr. 4.9.1869. She moved to Helsingfors 3.2.1888.
Anna Gustafsdtr. b.11.7.1872, d.12.10.1872
Anna Sofia Gustafsdtr, b.10.11.1873. She moved to Helsingfors 19.2.1892.
Viktor Rudolf Kaisasson b.9.11.1885
All children were born in Jeppo/Jepua, Lassila, Hilli. Kaisa emigrated to Amerika 1902.

I think "Kronoby guys" Hasse and Alf have more information of Kaisa's family.

BennieH
29-12-04, 03:26
Margareta,

This is wonderful!! This in the correct family. All of the other little pieces of information fit in with what you have posted.

Thank you very much.

Hasse Andtbacka
29-12-04, 09:51
Because Margareta asked for it, here is Kajsa's ahnentafel:

1. Kajsa Johansdr Lillbjörk, b. 30-11-1846 in Kronoby, emigrated 1902 to Amerika.

Married 30-11-1866 in Nykarleby, Gustav Johansson Hilli, b. 17-09-1839 in Lassila, Jeppo, occupation skomakare.

Parents

2. Johan Jakobsson Lillbjörk, b. 16-07-1799 in Kronoby, d. 05-12-1859 in Kronoby. Married 30-11-1834, Anna Eriksdr Svinkrok.

3. Anna Eriksdr Svinkrok, b. 23-08-1812 in Kronoby.
4.

Grand Parents

4. Jacob Henriksson Lillbjörk, b. 09-05-1761 in Kronoby, d. 31-12-1833. Married 11-06-1782, Christina Michelsdr Merijärvi.

5. Christina Michelsdr Merijärvi, b. 27-07-1764 in Kronoby.

6. Erik Hansson Storbjörk, b. 31-12-1772 in Kronoby, d. 24-01-1840. Married 11-11-1796, Anna Andersdr Norrby.

7. Anna Andersdr Norrby, b. 01-04-1776 in Norrby, Pedersöre, d. 07-12-1846.
8.

Great Grand Parents

8. Henrik Mattsson Lillbjörk Paasiala, b. 29-12-1727 in Nedervetil, d. 24-11-1809. Married 13-06-1753, Carin Persdr Lillbjörk.

9. Carin Persdr Lillbjörk, b. 15-02-1733 in Kronoby, d. 25-12-1809.

10. Michel Johansson Merijärvi, b. 21-02-1730 in Kronoby, d. 18-10-1783. Married 08-06-1752, Anna Olofsdr Näse.

11. Anna Olofsdr Näse, b. 30-05-1733 in Kronoby, d. 08-09-1811.

12. Hans Eriksson Svinkrok Björk, b. 14-05-1745 in Kronoby, d. 12-02-1809. Married 31-05-1767, Elsa Olofsdr Näse.

13. Elsa Olofsdr Näse, b. 03-02-1745 in Kronoby, d. 18-07-1808.

14. Anders Andersson Norrby, d. 12-03-1814. Married 26-09-1761, Kristina Hansdr Döragrip.

15. Kristina Hansdr Döragrip, b. 24-01-1741 in Norrby, Pedersöre, d. 06-07-1805.

BennieH
29-12-04, 15:10
Hasse, and Everyone,

Thank you all so much!

This is very exciting after many years of roadblocks we are making progress thanks to all of you. I only wish that my father was still alive so I could share this with him.
My Aunt & I had little pieces of information that meant so little and that were not connected until now. We had the name "Bjork" (really Lillbjork) , Gustaf and Johansson (Gustaf Johansson Hilli). We also knew that Kaisa was a widow and when they came to the United States.
There is now a lot of excitement with these messages.

One Question for all of you:
Is it possible to find out who Viktors father was? It was acknowledged that he was the Half brother to Sunna & Anna. So my assumtion is that Gustaf died prior to 1885.

Thanks again.

Bob

Margareta L
29-12-04, 18:23
One Question for all of you:
Is it possible to find out who Viktors father was? It was acknowledged that he was the Half brother to Sunna & Anna. So my assumtion is that Gustaf died prior to 1885.
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When any have accept the fatherhood, it is often written in the parish communionbook, but this book is destroyed in Jeppo. In communionbook 1887-96 Viktor is written as Cajsasson.
If the fatherhood has been in the law court, you can find something in court proceedings. They are in Vasa Province Archives in Vasa.
I am glad to see that you have get many new ancestors. You seems to have roots all over Kronoby. I have more information about Viktor's stepfather if you want.

BennieH
29-12-04, 18:58
Margareta,

"I am glad to see that you have get many new ancestors. You seems to have roots all over Kronoby. I have more information about Viktor's stepfather if you want."

I would like all of the information anyone has. So please let me know what you know.
I now understand why people work on their ancestry. This is so much fun and it is exciting.

I would also like to say Hello to all my "new" ancestors.

Bob

BennieH
31-05-11, 03:14
Margareta,
It has been some time since I have worked on the geneology. I was travelling very extensively in the US for work and did not have time.
Pam (my wife) and I started back on things late last year and have quite a family tree going on both sides. Have you had any major discoveries since we last communicated?
I hope all has been well for you.
Bob

Margareta L
31-05-11, 22:35
Bob,
Thank you, all has been well. Unfortunately I have nothing new - Sorry.
Best wishes
Margareta

jxjhill
17-03-17, 15:04
I know it has been a while since someone posted to this thread, but I too am looking for information about Victor Hill.

His death made front page news for the Ironwood Daily Globe on July 11, 1953 with a complete biography. If anyone has any further information please contact me.

syrene
18-03-17, 19:20
Hi
The information we posted earlier is all I have access to. Do you have a specific question?

Would you please please place your ancestor's information on the Documenting Every Emigrant DEE on The Swedish Finn Historical Society, including the obit's biography? This information will soon be made available on the web, accessible to more family researchers. We require that no info on living persons be included. The URL is http://finlander.genealogia.fi/sfhswiki/index.php/Documenting_Every_Emigrant_-_SFHS_Project

There are three Public Family Trees on Ancestry.com started for Victor R. Hilli of Michigan. The father is "not Known". His "patronymic" Kaijsasson is really a "matronymic" because his father was never named. Born out of wedlock. Unless you could find a gossip with a truly long memory for ancient village news, I believe finding the paternal line has only one complicated trail: DNA testing.
I hope you decide to contribute the Hilli story to DEE. The responses above have come from researchers all over Finland and the US. Someone out there may yet know something.
Family stories should be included and photos. Thanks so much! There is still so much to record about our ancestors' treks into the world!

BennieH
19-03-17, 13:49
Hi jxjhill,
Victor was a popular name. I have in my past research found several Victor Hill(i)'s. My grandfather Victor R Hill (was Hilli on his Passport) originally came to Gladstone, Mi and then lived in Trenary, MI the remainder of his life. He passed April 23, 1955.

Bob