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15-03-11, 23:41
My ggg grandfather was born in Finland. According one family source he was born in Lestijoki on Dec 19, 1869. His obituary states he was born in Ylistaro. I am attempting to find his information in the Hiski records but not sure where to look. His name that we knew his as was John Gustav ( although one person says John Kustar) Wiitamaki. Is there a parish/farm associated with either of those cities??

Jaska Sarell
16-03-11, 01:51
It cannot be Lestijoki, since it's a river only. Parish thereabout is named Lestijärvi after the lake.

Anyway his birth can be found in Ylistaro:
Original birth record (http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/kirjat/Kirkonkirjat/ylistaro/syntyneet_1864-1885_mko22-36/72.htm) confused me a bit first as it gives father's name Matts Eriksson Hahka, mother Justina Eriksdotter. But godfather is named Johan Eriksson Wiitamäki!
Without knowing the area too well I had some difficulties to find the correct communion book (CB) page 1026 that is stated. Well, some villages belonged to Isokyrö in non-clerical division.
Hevonkoski village - Hoppala farm - Viitamäki torp in CB 1867-1876 (http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/kirjat/Kirkonkirjat/ylistaro/rippikirja_1867-1876_mko7-8_isokyro/3.htm).
The family is in the bottom, Matts Eriksson Hahka is a brother-in-law at this torp born 17.7.1834 (http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski?en+t9295695) (parents married 25.4.1819 (http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski?en+t9300663)) and his wife Justina is daughter of the first couple in the page born 1.10.1841 (http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski?en+t9297052), The clue person Johan Eriksson Viitamäki was thus Justina's big brother born 22.9.1824 (http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski?en+t9294053).
Ink has stained the CB page above - the previous CB 1860-1866 (http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/kirjat/Kirkonkirjat/ylistaro/rippikirja_1860-1866_mko5-6_isokyro/2.htm) is more readable, but naturally lacking Johan Gustaf.

Note: V was often written as W in old records.

:) Jaska

16-03-11, 02:01
thanks so much..so is Johan Eriksson him?? These records tend to confuse me...learning as I go :)

16-03-11, 08:32
This is from the birth record 19.12.1869 in Ylistaro, Jaska sent you


Jaska Sarell
16-03-11, 12:06
I might have been too eagerly writing about the process of finding, that the results are not so clearly shown :cool:
Johan Gustaf Mattsson Viitamäki was born 19 Dec 1869 in Ylistaro.
His parents were Matts Eriksson Hahka b. 17 Jul 1834 in Ylistaro and Justina Eriksdotter Viitamäki b. 01 Oct 1841 in Ylistaro.
Johan Eriksson Viitamäki was Justina's brother and Johan Gustaf's godfather. I mentioned him only, because he lead me to the right track.

You should always pay more attention to patronymic (added patronymic Mattsson also for Johan Gustaf) than family name.

It might be useful to construct complete families using original records at FFHA site (http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/index_eng.htm) with the help of available material in HisKi (http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski?en). That'll help you understand the neat structure of the records. Older records are not always so easily interpreted.
Slow approach recommended!

:) Jaska