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Genealogy Links

This is a curated list of links often used by the archive staff. Links sorted by purpose / location.  If you know of other useful sites that should be included here, please reach out to the archivist:

General – A vast database of genealogical information with a user-friendly interface.  Free to use but requires registration.

Library of Congress: Historic American Newspapers – Search select digitized newspapers published 1789-1949.

Swedish Finn Historical Society – A great place to explore the culture and heritage for those who have Swede-Finn roots.

The Sami Cultural Center of North America – An organization dedicated to education about Sami and Sami-North American history and culture.

Michigan (formerly called Seeking Michigan) – A part of the Michigan History Center, this site gives access to more than a million records from the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, including death certificates and other Michigan documents.

Michigan Tech University Archives – Large collection of local history, including mining records and an online photograph collection.

Keweenaw National Historical Park Archive – Museum and archival collections that focus on telling the story of Michigan’s Copper Country, including mining records, photographs, and artifacts.

Polk Directories online via Google Books. 1) Houghton County, MI 1916-1917; 2) Marquette County, Mich. 1895-1896

Forest Hill Cemetery – Contact information for the sexton of one of the largest cemeteries in Houghton County.

Hancock Cemeteries – Information from the City of Hancock on burials in Lakeside Cemetery & the Old Hancock Protestant Cemetery.


Institute of Migration emigrant register – Passport records and passenger lists for people who emigrated from Finland.  A subscription is required.

HisKi Project – Searchable online database for Finnish church records hosted by the Genealogical Society of Finland.

Suku Forum – An online discussion group open to everyone for asking questions or sharing your own genealogical findings.

Finnish Parish Records – Information on what Finnish Church records are available and how to access them. – A good resource for decoding common terms and abbreviations found in historical Finnish records.

Finland’s Family History Association – Scans of church and court records. No search function, but useful if you know which record you are looking for (time, location).

Northern Europe U.S. Army AMS Topographic Maps – Maps date from ca. 1940 and show Finnish homesteads.

Genealogical Society of Finland: Old Handwriting Styles – A good resource for deciphering old handwriting often found in historical records.


Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota – Resource for finding genealogical information on Finns in Minnesota.

Iron Range Research Center – Library and archival collections focusing on genealogy and local history relevant to Minnesota’s Iron Range.

Minnesota People Records Search – Search the records of the Minnesota Historical Society.

New England

New England Historic Genealogical Society – Resource for finding genealogical information on Finns in New England.

Polk Directories online via Google Books. 1) Gloucester and Rockport (Cape Ann), MA 1882-1883; 2) Worcester County, MA 1920

North Dakota

Churches – Dickey County, North Dakota – An alphabetical listing of the churches of Dickey County, North Dakota.