Emigrants from Parkano,Finland to America


This site will contain a list of emigrants from the small town of Parkano in Western Finland, mainly to Northern America

The site is not complete at the moment but more data will be added on later


  • Parkano church records 1807-
  • 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 online databases
    • Passenger lists 1865-1922
    • Immigration records 1925-35
    • Census of Canada
  • 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 are taken by myself.  They are free for you to use for genealogical non-profit purposes

How have I compiled the lists?

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 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.

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!

There are also 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 from you!

Merja Syrjämäki


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