OK, I'm just starting out but this is what I have to start with. While searching through some things of my grandmother's (who died some time ago) I came across a name of someone she wrote to on a regular basis. I'm not sure if this is family or not but maybe someone will recognize it. I am not sure from what part of Finland my grandmother's parents came so I can't be of much help in that regard. It's also possible this is someone connected to my grandfather who came from Rantsila parish. One address is:
90.500 Oulu 50 Finland, Europe
There is also correspondence from:
Neiti Elsa Kurikka
Karjasilta Hakakatu 8.B.
Grandma's maiden name was Kanniainen (father-John-yeah I know, who wasn't?), her mother's name was Hilda Maki (again, who wasn't?)
I also have a pastor's certificate of authenticity declaring my g-grandmother dead (she died in the US but needed to be declared dead in Finland as well for some pension regarding her son, my grandfather). In there, my g-grandmother is listed as Anna Kreeta Jarva Kangas (new name in America-2nd husband) and grandfather is listed as Veikko Johannes Jarva Kangas, born in Rantsila.
I know it's a long shot but if anything sounds familiar I'd sure appreciate hearing from you.