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Websites for online research of Finnish ancestors
Posted by: Paivi T (ID *****8198) Date: March 13, 2006 at 22:06:02
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Seems like a good time for a slightly updated list... :-D

Below are some starting points for online research of Finnish ancestry.

* The website of David S. Saari: Contains, among lots of useful info, a "Beginner's Guide to Finnish Family History Research" and a fine tutorial on Finnish surnames and farm names.

* The Genealogical Society of Finland, *The* place to start. Masses and masses of valuable information on research of Finnish families, lists of family researchers and researched families (by name, location, etc.), and a searchable online database of info from old parish records called HisKi (short for Historian Kirjat, History Books). HisKi is an ongoing project and far from complete but already a source of lots of good info. Note that HisKi is umlaut-sensitive! -- The Society also hosts an excellent mailing list called Finngen where family researchers from all over the world discuss, and search for their Finnish roots.

* Finland's Family History Association, An ongoing project where volunteers scan church records and put them online for everyone to study free-of-charge. The records include births & christenings, marriages, deaths & burials, communion books, and so on. Constantly updated with new material. English user interface available.

* The Surname Navigator,
Type in the desired surname, and the Navigator searches several international online resources in one click. Finland has two selections in the Navigator: 1) Finland 1 (the default), that draws on several international websites, and
2) Finland 2 that searches HisKI, showing results in English. For the international search, it's a good idea to omit umlauts (e.g., to use a instead of ä) to get more hits, while for the HisKi search, umlauts can be used -- and should, where they appear in a name, as HisKi is umlaut-sensitive.

* The Finnish Institute of Migration, Lots of information on emigrants and migration, and a free-of-charge look-up facility drawing on passport and passenger records, yielding names and dates. Gives more detailed info after payable registeration.

*, excellent information on emigration, and other useful information, and a mailing list.

* The Finlander Forum, Focus on Swede-Finn roots (Swedish-speaking Finnish families). Heaps of valuable info and excellent, friendly, helpful discussion forums on a wide range of genealogical and cultural subject areas.

*, Lots of information, and very useful tools for family researchers, including terminology lists with English translations and explanations. And discussion forums.

* The Karelian Database,
English descriptions of resources such as communion books, etc. Information the ceded Karealian areas and parishes, and so on.

* The digital archives of the Finnish National Archives,

* The Population Register Centre of Finland, Among other things, access to statistics on Finnish first names and surnames. The two most useful resources are "Name Service" and "Family Name Chart". -- Unfortunately, the latter seems to be on a prolonged maintenance break, with no info on when it will be available again. -- "Name Service" displays stats on numbers of people with queried first names; or surnames (present/former, living/dead, men/women, in Finland/abroad). "Family Name Chart" displays a top-three list of localities with most people born in a given time period, for a queried surname.

* The website of the Evangelic Lutheran Church of Finland, Among other things, contact information for individual parishes via Yhteystiedot > Seurakunnat.

* Most Finnish cities, towns and even smaller localities host their own websites. Their addresses are formed in a fairly standardised fashion:, e.g., Note that umlauts are not used in these addresses; e.g. the address of the website of Järvenpää must be typed in the form Also, note that some of these websites are in Finnish only.

* An online map of Finland, with a very useful lookup facility and an English user interface:

* Virtual Finland, Facts on Finland, both historical and present-day.

Most of these links have been mentioned more or less often in replies to queries into Finnish roots. Thus, new family researchers might also learn a lot from replies to earlier queries.

Happy hunting,

Päivi T

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