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Ruokoja
04-08-10, 20:48
I have been skimming passenger manifests at http://www.immigrantships.net/ and I found an interesting hint which hopefully leads to answers in my relative's case. I don't know if a man is the right person because there isn't his surname included in the list, and that's why I would appreciate any help to know how to continue with my (re)search.

Passenger manifest:
http://www.immigrantships.net/v3/1800v3/scythia18860723.html
The person I'm interested in: 236 Carl -? 18 M Laborer Finland Mich #1 Comp Steer

Communion book + family story:
Kalle (or Carl) Ruokoja was 18 when he arrived in America. In the communion book the year is 1887 but in a letter I've got from Kalle's descendants, the year 1885 is mentioned. I think it's not impossible that the Carl in the ship manifest would be the right one. Kalle's name was "americanized" to Charles Rivers and his family settled in Minnesota in the 1890's. I know that he travelled to Montana (the wildest west) in the 1890's, I suppose it was before getting married in 1894.

So, the Carl in the passenger manifest arrived in Boston and then probably went to Michigan. Is it possible to confirm his surname? Ancestry.com doesn't give me an answer, and on the other hand I haven't found Charles/Chas Rivers in the 1890's census unless he is living in Blue Earth, MN at the time. The Institute of Migration does not list Kalle Ruokoja.

Karen Norwillo
05-08-10, 02:56
Here is the manifest page for the SS Scythia. The Carl you mention is Carl Keranen, probably brother to the Henrik Keranen right above him. What it says is Carl "do" (ditto)

Ruokoja
05-08-10, 03:01
Here is the manifest page for the SS Scythia. The Carl you mention is Carl Keranen, probably brother to the Henrik Keranen right above him. What it says is Carl "do" (ditto)

Thank you Karen. I'm sorry that it wasn't him. The search must go on.