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Darrell
16-02-09, 19:04
I am looking for Finnish relatives of John Wiljamaa (Juho Viljamaa) and his wife Anna (Takkinen) Viljamaa. They immigrated to the U.S. from Finland around the turn of the century (1900). They were born in Finland in 1880s.

I have contacted the Kalajoki parish, but they have no records. I would like to contact the Nivala parish, but I don't have the email address. Any help would be appreciated.

Kiitos,

Darrell

christer
16-02-09, 19:26
Hi Darrell
This is the email address to Nivala:
nivalan.seurakunta*evl.fi

regards Christer

Darrell
17-02-09, 12:47
Thank you very much for the information. I will email the addresses you sent.

Darrell

liisavierimaa
18-04-09, 17:39
Hi, I grew up in a small community called Connaught. There was an old finnish couple, Jussi and Olga Viljamaa (Wiljainmaa). They had no children. They passed away in the late 1970's early1980's. I used to visit them often as a child. Connaught is located in the outskirts of Timmins Ontario Canada. I hope this is of some help.

Denise
18-04-09, 22:01
Hi Darrell,
On the Institute of Migration are Wiljamaa, Viljamaa, and Takkinen names. Can you give me more information on where they immigrated to in the US? Do you have birthdates?
There are 2 Juho Wiljamaa listed, one from Alavieska with a birth of 22.05.1889, and one from Merijärvi with a birth of 5.12.1882. There is one Heikki Wiljamaa from Nivala with a birthdate of 10.9.1891.



Best Regards,
Denise

Darrell
20-04-09, 13:35
Denise:

Thank you for your post. I will give you all the information I currently have.

John Wiljamaa (my grandfather) and Anna Mary Takkinen came to America separately (I think) and were married in Multnomah County , Oregon October, 28, 1908. I believe my grandfather John was born on 25 March 1884 in Finland but I don't know where. He died on 01 September 1935 in San Mateo, California. My grandmother Anna was born on 15 August 1880 in Finland and died in 1977 in West Sacremento, (Yolo), California.

I have contacted the Kalajoki parrish in Finland by email, but they have no record of my grandparent. They have suggested that my grandparents may be from the Nivala area. I have not contacted them yet.

Denise, any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your help,

Darrell Bridges

Darrell
20-04-09, 13:37
Thank you Liisa. I appreciate your help. My grandparents migrated to Oregon and then Califorinia.

Darrell

Darrell
20-04-09, 13:41
Someday I hope to visit Finland (especially if I can find my relatives). I am interested in learning the Finnish language. Unfortunately, there are very few Finnish people in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have some software that seems to be pretty good, but I have no one to converse with so I don't know how I well I am speaking. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Kiitos,

Darrell

Denise
20-04-09, 14:44
Hi Darell,
So far off of Ancestry.com I have found your family in the 1930 Census, and your grandparent's state they immigrated in 1902. Also found John Wiljamaa's WW1 Draft Registration.


Best Regards,
Denise

Denise
20-04-09, 15:24
Hi Darrell,
I found the 1910 Census and your grandfather states he immigrated in 1903, and nothing mentioned on his spouse Annie for immigration.

Best Regards,
Denise

Denise
20-04-09, 15:28
Sorry, only half an image, let's try that again! :(

Denise
20-04-09, 15:31
This may be your grandfather on this passenger record from the Institute of Migration.

Denise :)

Detailed passenger information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Juho
Age or age group 20
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 319
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 28.01.1903
Ship from England Lake Megantic
Date of departure from England 04.05.1903
Ocean Line Beaver Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 31/92
Remarks *

Denise
20-04-09, 15:35
This must be your grandfather's passport and he was from Merijärvi. I found this on the Institute of Migration.

Denise :D

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Juho Niku Juhonp.
Other names *
Date of birth 05.12.1882
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Itsellinen
Home parish Merijärvi
Province OU
Passport date 19.01.1903
Passport number 78
Passport valid (year:month) 1:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by OU
Remarks *

Denise
20-04-09, 16:00
It appears that your grandmother, Annie, travelled back to Finland in 1915. Here is her return passenger record. It is 2 pages total.

Denise :)

kivinen1
20-04-09, 20:33
Someday I hope to visit Finland (especially if I can find my relatives). I am interested in learning the Finnish language. Unfortunately, there are very few Finnish people in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have some software that seems to be pretty good, but I have no one to converse with so I don't know how I well I am speaking. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Kiitos,

Darrell

The closest Finlandia Foundation Chapter is a little bit far from you, in Atlanta, but you could contact them and see if there are members or former members living in your area for "coffee chats".

http://atlantasuomifinlandsociety.org/

June Pelo
20-04-09, 21:16
I have data about Viljo Kalevi Viljamaa, b. 6 Sep 1947, Merijärvi, son of Erkki Nestori Viljamma and Rauha Iida Jutila. I don't know anything about his parents, and there's no evidence that Viljo came to the US. The last I knew he was living in Ylivieska. His wife came from Nivala.

Denise
20-04-09, 21:52
Hi Darrell,
Here is your grandfather's passenger record from 1903.

Denise :)

Denise
21-04-09, 00:04
Hi Darrell,
I don't know if you saw this previous post or not. I've been looking at the Merijärvi, Nivala, and other parishes on SSHY http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/index_eng.htm to figure out your Wiljamaa family. I'm at a loss as to where you should write for further information. Anyway, the previous post was on Finlander Forum by someone named Holly. Maybe you should try to contact her. Here is the posting.
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" Leppanen/Wiljamaa (Viljanmaa)
Hello, I'm looking for any information on Maria Leppanen (later Hirvilampi), born circa 1877 around Karjala, Finland (not sure about the exact town). Her parents were Serafia and Jacob (John) Wiljamaa (Viljanmaa). What confuses me is that her last name is Leppanen while her parents and sisters (Aurora, Alma & Amelia) were all Wiljamaas. Is it possible that after she was born (since she was the oldest) they moved to a new farm & therefore accounted for the surname change? Her father is sometimes listed as John Leppanen, sometimes Jacob Wiljamaa - could this be correct?

I've searched through the parish records with no luck, if anyone with access to more info. could please help me find any info. on Maria Leppanen (born 1877) or her sisters, Alma, Aurora & Amelia Wiljamaa (all born 1880s), I would greatly appreciate it! Any more questions please e-mail me at hollylampi * hotmail.com. Thanks in advance.."
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Anyway here are a couple links for you to email or write to for further information.

http://evl.fi/ (Merijärvi)
http://www.nivalansrk.fi/ (Nivala)

I'll keep searching further for you. :)

Best Regards,
Denise

Darrell
21-04-09, 13:59
Denise

Thank you so very, very much. I see Juha Wiljamaa's name on line 13. I will look at this and see what information I can get from it. I will send you more information when I can find it, but if the manifest that you have shown me is my grandfather I will be so excited. I will share this with my siblings.

Again, Kiitos, Kiitos, Kiitos,

Darrell

Darrell
21-04-09, 14:03
Denise

Thank you so very, very much. I see Juha Wiljamaa's name on line 13. I will look at this and see what information I can get from it. I will send you more information when I can find it, but if the manifest that you have shown me is my grandfather's I will be so excited. I will share this with my siblings.

I am having a little trouble reading the 9th column, which shows the Last Residence. I also noticed a Mikko Wiljamaa on the manifest (Line 15). I'm thinking they may have been brothers.

Again, Kiitos, Kiitos, Kiitos,

Darrell

Darrell
21-04-09, 14:41
Ilmari

Thank you for the information on the Atlanta chapter.

Darrell

Denise
22-04-09, 02:52
Hi Darrell,
Private message me with your email address and I will send the passenger record to you. You can then open it with a different program to make it more legible. First of all I noticed that under Juho's last name Wiljamaa is the name "Sepola". At least that is what it appears to be, but then Wiljamaa was written over it. Maybe there is some meaning behind that Sepola name? Maybe a farm name?
It appears that Juha Wiljamaa's (your grandfather) last residence was Uleåborg (and written under that is what appears to be Terva, which I believe is in the city of Oulu). I'm sure one of the other members on Finlander would be more familiar with the name and where it is located.
Juho Wiljamaa #13 was going to Loudan, Minnesota to Matti Wiljamaa's, P.O. Box 815; Matti Eskola #14 is from Alaveiska, Uleaborg and states is going to Matti's also and is a "friend", and then #15 Mikko Wiljamaa is from Uleåborg and states that Matti is a "cousin". I cannot make out what the relationship is for Juho and Matti Wiljamaa. I'm sorry the copy on Ancestry is quite messy and a bit hard to read. :(
Anyway, p.m. me with your email and I'll send it to you.

Best Regards,
Denise :)

Denise
24-04-09, 19:09
Hi Darrell,
Thought I would send the rest of the Wiljamaa's that the Institute of Migration has passport records for in case they turn out to be helpful to your search. :D

Best Regards,
Denise

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Amalia
Other names *
Date of birth . .1887
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Taloll. tr
Home parish Kauhajoki
Province VAA
Passport date 01.10.1910
Passport number 6931
Passport valid (year:month) 5:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by VAA
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names August
Other names *
Date of birth . .1882
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date .11.1902
Passport number 0
Passport valid (year:month) 1:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by HKO
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Heikki
Other names *
Date of birth 10.09.1891
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Nivala
Province OU
Passport date 19.11.1909
Passport number 2151
Passport valid (year:month) 5:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by OU
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Heikki Juhosson
Other names *
Date of birth . .9999
Marital status *
Religion *
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date 24.01.1901
Passport number 79
Passport valid (year:month) 0:3
Destination *
Passport issued by KOK
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Juho Edvard
Other names *
Date of birth 22.05.1889
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Torpp. pka
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date 29.10.1908
Passport number 634
Passport valid (year:month) 5:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by OU
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Matts Johansson
Other names *
Date of birth . .1880
Marital status *
Religion *
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date 01.02.1900
Passport number 0
Passport valid (year:month) 1:0
Destination P-Amerikka
Passport issued by KOK
Remarks Sj sisaruksia.

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Mikko Tomasson
Other names *
Date of birth . .1883
Marital status *
Religion Lut.
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date 26.01.1903
Passport number 49
Passport valid (year:month) 1:0
Destination Ulkomaat
Passport issued by KOK
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Natanael
Other names *
Date of birth 31.01.1888
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Taloll. pka
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date 11.02.1910
Passport number 167
Passport valid (year:month) 5:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by OU
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Natanael Mikonp.
Other names *
Date of birth 10.07.1886
Marital status 1
Religion Lut.
Occupation Itsell. pka
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date 17.05.1905
Passport number 1026
Passport valid (year:month) 5:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by OU
Remarks *

Detailed passport information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Niku Mikonp.
Other names *
Date of birth . .1877
Marital status *
Religion *
Occupation Itsellinen
Home parish Alavieska
Province OU
Passport date 09.06.1899
Passport number 701
Passport valid (year:month) 0:0
Destination Amerikka
Passport issued by OU
Remarks *

Denise
25-04-09, 04:12
Hi Darrell,
Here are the passenger records from the Institute of Migration with the Wiljamaa name. I would probably bet on the one's going to Minnesota as being related to your grandfather.

Best Regards,
Denise :)

Detailed passenger information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names Aino
Age or age group 1N
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Waukegan
State of destination IL
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket USD 65
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 30.07.1913
Ship from England Laconia
Date of departure from England 05.08.1913
Ocean Line Cunard Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 90/91
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Alma
Age or age group 22
Port of departure Helsinki
Place of destination Port Arthur
State of destination ON
Country of destination CDN
Price of ticket FIM 5493
Ship from Finland Oberon
Date of departure from Finland 14.03.1928
Ship from England Montrose
Date of departure from England 23.03.1928
Ocean Line C.P.R. Line
Port of departure in England Liverpool
List and page 122/73
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Antti
Age or age group 19
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 326
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 06.12.1905
Ship from England Parisian
Date of departure from England 14.12.1905
Ocean Line Allan Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 46/21
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Antti
Age or age group 20
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 347
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 16.01.1907
Ship from England Empress of Ireland
Date of departure from England 25.01.1907
Ocean Line C.P.R. Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 58/50
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Aug.
Age or age group 20
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Philadelphia
State of destination PA
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 169
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 05.11.1902
Ship from England Belgenland
Date of departure from England 12.11.1902
Ocean Line American Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 22/52
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Eino
Age or age group 3*
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Ashtabula
State of destination OH
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 200
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 25.08.1909
Ship from England Adriatic
Date of departure from England 01.09.1909
Ocean Line White Star Line
Port of departure in England Southampton
List and page 73/42
Remarks Mk Johan ja Hulda Wiljamaa. Kristiinankaupunki!

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Eino
Age or age group 22
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Quebec
State of destination PQ
Country of destination CDN
Price of ticket FIM 4500
Ship from Finland Oberon
Date of departure from Finland 18.08.1926
Ship from England Montroyal
Date of departure from England 27.08.1926
Ocean Line C.P.R. Line
Port of departure in England Liverpool
List and page 121/81
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Heikki
Age or age group 22
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower/St. Louis
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 319
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 26.01.1901
Ship from England *
Date of departure from England 99.99.9999
Ocean Line Beaver Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 21/80
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Heikki
Age or age group 19
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Sparta
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 333
Ship from Finland Astraea
Date of departure from Finland 27.11.1909
Ship from England Hesperian
Date of departure from England 03.12.1909
Ocean Line Allan Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 74/45
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Hulda
Age or age group 23
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Ashtabula
State of destination OH
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 200
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 25.08.1909
Ship from England Adriatic
Date of departure from England 01.09.1909
Ocean Line White Star Line
Port of departure in England Southampton
List and page 73/42
Remarks Mk Johan ja Eino Wiljamaa.

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Huuko
Age or age group 22
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Bethel
State of destination VT
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket USD 46
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 05.06.1907
Ship from England Ivernia
Date of departure from England 11.06.1907
Ocean Line Cunard Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 62/76
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Johan
Age or age group 23
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Ashtabula
State of destination OH
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 200
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 25.08.1909
Ship from England Adriatic
Date of departure from England 01.09.1909
Ocean Line White Star Line
Port of departure in England Southampton
List and page 73/42
Remarks Mk Hulda ja Eino Wiljamaa. Kristiinankaupunki!

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Johan
Age or age group 19
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Fitchburg
State of destination MA
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 269
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 22.05.1912
Ship from England Franconia
Date of departure from England 28.05.1912
Ocean Line Cunard Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 90/21
Remarks *

Detailed passenger information
Last name Wiljamaa
First names John
Age or age group 43
Port of departure Helsinki
Place of destination New York
State of destination NY
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket USD 93
Ship from Finland Oberon
Date of departure from Finland 11.09.1929
Ship from England Aquitania
Date of departure from England 21.09.1929
Ocean Line Cunard Line
Port of departure in England Southmpton
List and page 127/49
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Juho
Age or age group 25
Port of departure Helsinki
Place of destination Aberdeen
State of destination WA
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 501
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 10.08.1910
Ship from England Virginian
Date of departure from England 19.08.1910
Ocean Line Allan Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 81/45
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Juho
Age or age group 26
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Vancouver
State of destination BC
Country of destination CDN
Price of ticket FIM 6363
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 09.03.1927
Ship from England Montrose
Date of departure from England 18.03.1927
Ocean Line C.P.R. Line
Port of departure in England Liverpool
List and page 122/33
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Leander
Age or age group 23
Port of departure Vaasa
Place of destination San Francisco
State of destination CA
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 441
Ship from Finland Urania
Date of departure from Finland 17.06.1893
Ship from England *
Date of departure from England . .9999
Ocean Line Allan Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 3/6
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Matti
Age or age group 19
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 305
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 03.02.1900
Ship from England *
Date of departure from England . .9999
Ocean Line Allan Linen
Port of departure in England *
List and page 6/36
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Matti
Age or age group 32
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 393
Ship from Finland Astraea
Date of departure from Finland 12.04.1913
Ship from England St. Paul
Date of departure from England 19.04.1913
Ocean Line American Line
Port of departure in England Southampton
List and page 87/23
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Miina
Age or age group 22
Port of departure Helsinki
Place of destination New York
State of destination NY
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 235
Ship from Finland Titania
Date of departure from Finland 29.09.1909
Ship from England Celtic
Date of departure from England 09.10.1909
Ocean Line White Star Line
Port of departure in England Liverpool
List and page 73/98
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Mikko
Age or age group 19
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 319
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 28.01.1903
Ship from England Lake Megantic
Date of departure from England 04.05.1903
Ocean Line Beaver Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 31/92
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Natanael
Age or age group 19
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 326
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 24.05.1905
Ship from England Bavarian
Date of departure from England 01.06.1905
Ocean Line Allan Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 45/61
Remarks *

Last name Wiljamaa
First names Natanael
Age or age group 22
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination Tower
State of destination MN
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 400
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 02.03.1910
Ship from England Mauretania
Date of departure from England 12.03.1910
Ocean Line Cunard Line
Port of departure in England *
List and page 76/43
Remarks *

Denise
25-04-09, 05:41
Hi Darrell,
I found this by googling. Maybe this genealogist has more on your grandmother, Annie Takkinen. :D

Elsie Maturi, retired. Orr, Minnesota, USA, ematuri(at)yahoo.com.
Families: Takkinen.


Best Regards,
Denise

Denise
25-04-09, 05:51
Hi Darrell,
This John Takkinen in Minnesota might be a relation to your grandmother, Annie Takkinen.

Denise :)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laestadianism_in_America
http://extoots.blogspot.com/2007_01_01_archive.html