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Re: Overseas research question
« Reply #9 on: Friday 24 June 16 15:56 BST (UK) »
Hi

He said he was from Vaasa which is a city in Ostrobothnia on the west coast of Finland. There happens to be a village Viitala near Petalax which was a municipality of Ostrobothnia just south of Vaasa. You will see the name Viitala under "History" here: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hv6/

It was quite common that Finns changed their name to the village they lived in. Sometimes the name followed them, sometimes not. According to his death record : http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hv7/ he was born in Finland and his parents born in Sweden.

Also, according to the 1920 Census his parents were again Swedish: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hv8/


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« Reply #10 on: Friday 24 June 16 16:08 BST (UK) »
Then according to the 1910 Census his parents were born in Finland:
http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hv9/


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« Reply #11 on: Friday 24 June 16 16:36 BST (UK) »
Here is his uncle's 1910 Census, Isaac Keinonen: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hva/

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« Reply #12 on: Friday 24 June 16 22:04 BST (UK) »
I have managed to track the family down. His parents were married in Lappu. He was born in Revolax.

Matti Mattsson Wiitala and Hilda Rehnbäck marriage - nr 62: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvf/

Matti Emil Wiitala Birth: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvg/


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« Reply #13 on: Friday 24 June 16 22:24 BST (UK) »
2 Siblings:

August Valentin birth - 24 Feb 1880: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvh/
Wäinö Waldemar birth - 16 Sept 1877: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvi/


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« Reply #14 on: Friday 24 June 16 22:47 BST (UK) »
A couple more records of siblings:

The family census 1880: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvj/

Hugo Hjälmar birth - 15 Nov 1874: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvl/
Fanny Alexandra birth - 21 Apr 1876: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvk/
Fanny Alexandra death: No record but she died 30 Nov 1876


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« Reply #15 on: Friday 24 June 16 22:53 BST (UK) »
I forgot to add that all Matti Emil's brothers and sister were born in Revonlahti (Revolax).


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« Reply #16 on: Friday 24 June 16 23:31 BST (UK) »
Here is the last one:
Matti Mattsson birth - 21 Sept 1850: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01hvm/
I cannot find Hilda's birth. She was apparently born in Storkyro (Isokyrö) on 1 dec 1854.

Matti Mattson was a "Klockare" - a church bell ringer.

Here are some links for you:
http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski/756uf5?en
http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/index_eng.htm

The language in these books is mostly Swedish but there is also Finnish.
If you need any help just ask.

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« Reply #17 on: Saturday 25 June 16 00:01 BST (UK) »
I have heard a story or two that he fled a conflict with some other men, apparently before 1902, where he and a few others killed a milirtary officer or something. Supposedly they fled to neighboring countries and changed their names to a common surname of that country.

The minister had written in the census book for 1905 that Matti Emil had left for America in 1902. I looked through the 1902 "moving out" book and he wasn't listed. This usually means he left without reporting to the minister first stating his whereabouts. So your story could be correct. This record unfortunately is available for members only. I remember reading somewhere on his naturalisation record in USA stating that he left from Hanko in the south of Finland, but I cannot find that record for the time being. I did have it.

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