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Hepola or Honkavaara

Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 4:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hepola Honkavaara
Interested in any info about the Hepola or Honkavaara families immigrated from Finland to Michigan around the 1890's. Thank you!

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 3:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Niilo Hepola (age 20)left from Finland 17.4.1893 to Hancock MI and Kalle H. (24) 1910, Gustafa H. (26) 1911 and Johan H. (38) 1906.
Maybe those are interesting?

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 8:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for the post. Sounds like there is probably some connection. Gustaf Hepola (1868-1948) lived in Hancock and worked in the mine. I believe he immigrated from Kuusamo around 1890. I think his father may have been Emanuel? Unfortunately I don't know any of his brothers names.

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 21 Feb 2011 7:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
This was not so easy, but:
There was HEPONIEMI (farm name) family in Kuusamo (Family name was written sometimes also as Pitkänen).
Father Emanuel, b. 1.3.1833, farmer
Mother Riitta Stina, b. 22.12.1834. d.12.8.1885. They had son Gustaf Emanuel, b. 27.3.1867. There is a note for Gustaf in the book of church 1884-1895. "In the America about 5 years". This is a newest book in Internet.
There are some brothers and sisters.
What you think? Pages I used are open only for members of the Finnish genealogy society. I'm not sure if they are in the open pages also.

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 21 Feb 2011 7:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
From the Ellisisland:

First Name: Math. (Mathias, Finnnish name Matias or Matti)
Last Name: Honkavarra (not Finnish name, must be Honkavaara)
Ethnicity: Finnish
Date of Arrival: Jul 21, 1893
Age at Arrival: 22 y Gender: M Marital Status:
Ship of Travel: Britannic
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Manifest Line Number: 0146

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 21 Feb 2011 9:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you, this is definitely what I was looking for. What is the website for the Finnish Genealogy Society? I appreciate your help!

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 22 Feb 2011 12:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
There are some in Finland.
http://www.migrationinstitute.fi/index_e.php
http://www.genealogia.fi/index.php?lang=en
http://www.sukuhistoria.fi/sshy/index_eng.htm
http://digi.narc.fi/digi/?lang=en_US
http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski?fi
...
Books are in Finnish or Swedish, some Russian. Don't hesitate to ask, if you need help. I'm still at work, so sometimes it will take time to answer.

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 23 Feb 2011 7:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Much appreciated!

Re: Hepola or Honkavaara

Posted: 3 Feb 2013 8:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Honkavaara, Heikkila
Matti Matinpoika Heikkila born 3/6/1871 in Pudasjarvi, Finland. Former name was Honkavaara. My family history does not tell why the name was changed.
Siblings: Elsa Greta, Tapani, Johan Henrik, Anna Maria, Amanda, Kaisa, Amanda.

After arrival in US, the name was changed again to Heckler.
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