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Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« on: Saturday 20 October 12 12:08 BST (UK) »
Hello there

We are doing family research from Finland to my mother-in-law. She is very keen to know something about his grandfather's life in the USA. His grandfather Mikael (called Mikko in Finland) Anselm Rajakoski b. 20th Dec 1882 Parkano left from Parkano through Canada to USA in 1907. We have found out from the Parkano emigrants site that Mikko's father Iisakki Anselmi Rajakoski b. 30.10.1857 Parkano had already travelled to USA in 1906. Later on Julius (Mikko's brother) travelled in April 1910 to USA.

A lot of Finns has shorten their last name in the States so has Mike and Julius. Both have used Koski/Kaski in the States. Would be really great to locate possible familymembers of Mike & Julius still living in Michigan. Would love to know about their lives and if it is known in the family what has happened totheir  father Isaac. Found Mike from 1910 Census (widow, wife in Finland died 1909 as well as daughter Heili), again 1940 Census (married to Signe Koski b. 1894 Finland)

Info found below in more detail:
We found from the FamilySearch.org site the Draft registration card for World War II, 1942:
Name: Mike Anselm Koski
Born: 20th Dec 1882 in Turuun Laani Finland (exact correct birth date as Maija's grandfather)
Age in Years 59
Place of Residence: Chatham Alger Mich

and also from United States Census, 1940:
Mike Koski, River Township, Alger, Michigan, US
age: 57
marital status: Married
birthplace: Finland
est. birth year: 1883
Household:
head: Mike Koski (57)
wife: Signe Koski (46)
lodger: Andrew Salmi

And then we found about Mikko's brother Julius Koski that he had died in Iron, Michigan in 13th May 1974. I have also his social security number: 369-05-6130.
birth date: 28 April 1889
est. age at death: 85
Last residence: Iron, Michigan
Zip Code of last residence: 49935
Birth date is complete match so I believe this is the correct Julius eventhough not been able to find him in any census records.

How could I find more information about their families? Is it possible to use the social security number in order to find more about Julius life?

Many thanks for any tips & hints you can provide us how to dig deeper!

Cheers,
Henna and Ville

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 20 October 12 13:22 BST (UK) »
Hi,

Welcome to Rootschat

Found an obituary for Julius Koski in the Ironwood Daily Globe (ironwood Michigan) Tuesday 14 May 1974

Julius Koski - 85 - Trout Creek died Monday afternoon at Iron County General Hospital. Iron River. Born 13 th May 1874 in Finland came to the area as a young man and worked as a woodsman all his life.  He never married. Funeral  Service to be held Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
The Funeral Home was:- The Brown Funeral Home. Bruce Crossing.
Burial was Agate Cemetery.

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 20 October 12 13:46 BST (UK) »
Thanks Sandra.

Not sure though it's the same Julius Koski. The one I'm looking for was born in Finland 28 April 1889.
What you reckon?

Cheers,
Henna

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 20 October 12 14:07 BST (UK) »
Hi Henna,

Yes, can see the SSDI record given that birth date - the obituary obviously has an error in the dates they are reporting - gives the age 85 years which would make the birth 1889 and not the reported 13 May 1874.  ???

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 20 October 12 14:36 BST (UK) »
Thanks Sandra. That was quick.  ;D

Any possibility that you can track Mike also? Mikko Anselm or Mike Anselm Koski, b. 20 Dec 1882. In 1940 Census he was resident in Chatham, Alger, Michigan.

Henna

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 20 October 12 14:41 BST (UK) »
Would Julius have had the middle name "Raja" ?

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 20 October 12 15:00 BST (UK) »
Asking the above question because someone called Julius Raja-Koski of Trout Creek filed a petition for naturalization in Michigan.

Ironwood daily Globe - TUesday April 8th 1941

J W Held, examiner for the US Naturalization division was at the court house in Ontonagon to assist residents requiring American Citizenship. Julius above had filed a petition.

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 20 October 12 15:01 BST (UK) »
The family name used to be Rajakoski in Finland. Seems that Julius and Mike both used just Koski as last name in the US.

What does a petition for naturalization means?

Henna

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Re: Michigan: Mike Koski b. 20 Dec 1882
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 20 October 12 15:03 BST (UK) »
There is a WW1 Draft in the name of Julius Rajakaski  ??? residing in Alger County. Michigan - 28 th April 1888 Finland. Unfortunately The screen is sticking and it is not viewable, perhaps someone else would have some luck with it.

Sandra

Added:- The draft is coming up now - occupation :- Woodman  single - Mongolian
Medium height and build. Blue Eyes and Dark Brown Hair. No distinguishing marks.

Dated June 5 th 1917

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