Description of the emigrant register databases

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Passenger list

The passenger lists from the Finland Steamship Company give information on emigrants from Finland, mostly through the port of Hanko. Most of these are Finnish emigrants, but the database also contains information on Russian passengers who went through Finland. The passenger lists covers the following periods:

  • The years 1892-1896, 1899-1914, 1920-1939, 1949-1960 (original sources of information cover only rather small part of all the emigrants after 1949).
  • All available passenger lists have are in this database.

 

Passport list

The passport records are based on the lists kept by the provinces and magistrates from the beginning of the 1800's to 1920. At the beginning of 2005 the following areas and time periods were available in the database:

  • Hanko / Hangö town magistrate, 1900-1903
  • Häme province, 1903-1904
  • Kristiinankaupunki / Kristinestad town magistrate, 1890-1891 and 1900-1901
  • Kokkola / Gamla Karleby town magistrate, 1899-1902
  • Kuopio province, to Russia: 1890-1899, and to overseas countries (incl. America): 1900-1915
  • Mikkeli province, 1914-1915
  • Oulu province, 1897-1922
  • Turku and Pori province, 1899-1905
  • Vaasa province, 1896-1904
  • Viipuri province, to America: 1906-1909

More than 100 000 records are still to be entered in the database.

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Newspaper and literature references

The reference database features information mainly from the following sources:

  • Finnish American and Finnish Australian newspapers, 1994-1997.
  • Siirtokansan Kalenteri 1918-1978
  • Raittiuskansan Kalenteri 1897-1972
  • Kirkollinen Kalenteri 1930-1981
  • "Amerikansuomalaisten Historia II" by Salomon Ilmonen (1923)
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Database on the Australian Finns

This database contains information on Finns in Australia before WWII, compiled by Director Olavi Koivukangas. It also contains some information from the passport records and passenger lists.

Database on the Finns in New Zealand

A list of Finns in New Zealand, compiled by Olavi Koivukangas, former director of the Institute of Migration.

Finnish victims of the Soviet purges 1930-1950

This database includes information on the victims of Stalin's purges in the Soviet Union from 1930s to1950s. It is based on the book "Olimme joukko vieras vaan" by Eila-Lahti Argutina published by the Institute of Migration in 2001.

Data from the archives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

This database features information from the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until the year 1950, mainly documents about Finns deceased abroad.

  • Finns deceased abroad, all countries, circa 1918-1950
  • The estate records of the Consulate General of Finland in New York, circa 1918-1950
  • Most of records are still to be entered in the database.

 

Other databases of the emigrant register

  • Passport and passenger records (years 1873, 1882, 1890, 1905 and 1913), donated by the Department of History of the University of Turku (60,000 records).
  • Church records of Finnish-Swedish congregations in America, donated by Per-Erik Levlin and his group of genealogists (13,600 records).
  • A list of foreign citizens who were naturalized in Finland before 1918, compiled by Antero Leitzinger (4000 records).
  • A list of Finns who traveled to America via Denmark between 1868 and 1896, donated by the Danish Emigration Archives (500 records).
  • Databasen Emigranten 2001 (Svenska Emigrantinstitutet, Emigrantregistret, Göteborgs-Emigranten)
  • Finnish emigrants who traveled through Swedish ports 1850-1951. (CD-ROM)
  • Church records (microfilms) of three Finnish American congregations (Republic and Hancock, MI)
  • Passenger records of Finns who traveled to America via Gothenburg (Göteborg) between 1869 and 1900, compiled by the Swedish Emigrant Institute, Växjö, Sweden
  • Addresses of public archives in Finland and other countries
  • Various name lists and special publications, local histories and other printed sources featuring name indexes. Such are e.g. the indexes of emigrants from Kuusamo, Karstula, Kälviä and Mikkeli.

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