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Koski Mike Chatham River Township Alger
Posted by: Parkano (ID *****1699) Date: October 17, 2012 at 08:43:10
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I'm new in the forum and we are doing family research 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 Dec 1907.

We have found out that Mikko's father Iisakki Anselmi Vehkapuru, 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.

Below are some information about Mikko copied from Parkano emigrants site:
Parents: Iisakki Anselmi Markuksenpoika Vehkapuru, Rajakoski b.30.10.1857 Parkano and Elina Mikontytär b.27.2.1862 Parkano. Married 1.10.1892

Pastor´s certificate for a passport to America 1907
Passport record 9th Nov 1907 (Mikael Anshelm Rajakoski)
b. 1882. Married tenant farmer´s son from Parkano. Wife and two children stay in Finland

Passenger record (Mikael Rajakoski)
Sails from Hanko on Palaris,age 25 years. Plans to continue from England on Empress of Britain (C.P.R. Line) 29th Nov 1907. Destination Munising MI
Border crossings from Canada (Michael Rajakoski)
Michael Rajakoski, 24 years, laborer from Finland. Has arrived in St. John, New Brunswick Canada. Crosses the border to the US 8th Dec 1907. Able to read and write. Nearest relative in Finland wife Amalia Rajakoski, Kihniönkylä, Parkano.

I found from the site the Draft registration card for World War II, 1942:
Name: Mike Anselm Koski
Born: 20th Dec 1882 in Turuun Laani Finland
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
head: Mike Koski (57)
wife: Signe Koski (46)
lodger: Andrew Salmi

And then I 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.
birth date: 28 April 1889
est. age at death: 85

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 how to dig deeper!

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