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Genealogy Indices

Finnish-American Obituary Index

Collected from newspapers and other publications across the United States, this extensive index contains over 30,000 names. For more information about specific names or to contribute materials to this collection, please contact the archivist.

Alphabetical Indices by Surname


These publications often included articles, photographs, notices, anniversaries and obituaries for members.

Siirtokansan Kalenteri 1926-1978 (Immigrant Calendar)

Kansalliskirkon Kalenteri 1938-1962 (National Church Calendar)

Kirkollinen Kalenteri 1903-1996 (The Church Yearbook)

Raittiuskansan Kalenteri 1898-1971 (Temperance Calendar)


Funeral Home Records

Serving Finns in both the Copper Country and Detroit areas for decades, the Watia Funeral Home left extensive records which often include details on next-of-kin, place of burial, and funeral costs.

Watia Funeral Home 1918-1970


Books and Other Indices

Gleaned from books and other publications which often contained biographical information about Finnish-Americans, these indices often provide valuable genealogical materials for researchers.

Finnish American Historical Society of Hiawathaland Membership Forms

Finnish Settlement of Brown and Dickey Counties, North and South Dakota

Knights of Kaleva Membership Books Index

Finnish Folklore & Social Change in the Great Lakes Mining Region Oral History Collection

Hirvonen, Juuso: ‘Michiganin Kuparialue’

Holmio, Armas K.E.: ‘History of Finns in Michigan’

Holmio Biogrpahical File

Ilmonen, S.: ‘Amer. Suomalainen His. Vol. II’

John A. Doelle Agricultural School, Tapiola, Mich., school newspaper 1931-1932

Mattinen, J.A.: ‘History of Thomson Township, Carlton County, Minn.’

Nikander Werner: ‘Amerikan Suomalaisia’

Petroskoi 1931 American Finns

Ruohonen, Jack: ‘History of Oskar, Mich.’

Suomi College: First 25 years, student list



Index includes the Old Topical File and the 1910 Knights of Kaleva Convention photograph and photos from the book Tervehdys Suomelle, published in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1920.

Name Index to Photograph Collection


Early Laestadians

19th Century Laestadian (Apostolic) Ministers in the U.S.


Cemetery Transcriptions

Elo Cemetery, Portage Township, Houghton Co., Michigan