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Janel
03-11-09, 15:31
Hi all, here's my little introduction. Although I currently live in New York City, and grew up in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area, my mother's family is from the New York Mills/Deer Creek/Wadena area in Minnesota. She is now living back in New York Mills. They spoke Finnish at home and she didn't learn English until she went to school, but since she moved to the city as a young teenager and married a non-Finn, she lost most of her finnish and didn't pass it on to us. Her dad was Finnish (Johnson/Kotka) and her mom was a Swede Finn (Holmquist). We don't have much family history because of some compounding events -- lots of deaths at young ages, house fires, etc.. so I'm glad to find this forum to learn more about history, cultural, traditions and also, of course, "finding relatives". (I'll post something in that forum).

Janel