What is there on this page?

Information on emigrants from Parkano in Western Finland to Northern America.

The lists are far from complete but more data will be added on.


Parkano church records 1807-

  • Microfilms available in Finnish archives and libraries or internationally in LDS Family history centers
  • Church books in Parkano Lutheran Congregation
  • Finland´s Family History Association web site. Please, support their work if you can! They are doing a great job putting Finnish church books online as a volunteer project

Institute of Migration databases

  • Passport records Turun ja Porin lääni 1889-1905
  • Passenger lists of Suomen Höyrylaiva Osakeyhtiö, 1892-1896, 1899-1914, 1920-1939 and 1940-1960

Library and Archives Canada database

  • Passenger lists 1865-192
  • Immigration records 1925-35
  • Census of Canada

Ancestry.com databases

  • Passenger lists
  • Border crossings from Canada
  • US census
  • WWI and WWII draft cards
  • SSDI (Social security death index)
  • etc

Private archives of many friends in the US and in Finland

You know who you are. Thank you! Special thanks go to my dear friend DH in Michigan. She has been invaluable in assisting me in my US research.

  • All photographs of farm buildings are taken by myself. They are free for you to use for genealogical non-profit purposes
  • Photographs of emigrants are courtesy of many friends, mainly in the USA. Thank you so much for allowing me to use them here! Please, contact me if you want to use these photos!
  • How has the data been collected?

    I have collected all passport records for persons living in Parkano in the Institute of Migration databases. I have then connected these to Institute of Migration Passenger records, made searches in www.ancestry.com databasess for US records and looked up the persons in Parkano church books.

    Some persons have been located from the church books which have recorded the person to have emigrated and some directly from US sources recording the birth place or last residence of an immigrant as Parkano.

    I have copied the information in the sources as is. Some data in the sources is incomplete or even incorrect. I recommend you check everything from original sources.

    There is additional information for most persons in my files, especially those whose parents are recorded here. For many persons I have ancestors listed for several generations. Feel free to contact me! Please, remember that I am not at liberty of releasing information of living persons to a third party.

    I have removed death dates and exact places of persons who died within the last 50 years. If this is your relative and you want the exact date to be included, let me know!

    Recently I have started adding family pages for a few families that are either related to me or some of my friends or otherwise interesting, f.ex. several persons from the same family emigrating. If you have additional information of the families or farms, I would love to hear

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