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From Finland to Norway

From Finland to Norway

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 9:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
My gguncle Matts Erikson Väärämäki moved to Norway in 1878. He was born in Alajärvi 7 Aug 1857. Church record says he went to "Ruija", which means Finnmark area. In 1888 he was asked from home parish a clearance certificate for getting married there. And finally, 1909-1917 period of church records includes a mention "said to have died" Family tales tells he was a fisherman and he had drowned on a fishing trip.

I've tried to find something about him from a Norwegian archives without any success. I hope someone could help me to trace him or his possible descendants

Re: From Finland to Norway

Posted: 1 Feb 2014 1:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Using the database for the 1900 Norwegian census (Norwegian Historical Data Centre) - I ran a search limiting to men, first name starting with 'Ma', last name starting with 'Eri', born between 1850-1860 and living in Finnmark for the census.
Keep in mind that when a database is extracted to electronic form from handwritten originals there may be simple errors, handwriting which is difficult to read and interpret, etc. So you must broaden the range of POSSIBLE matches and clues to your "Matts Erikson Väärämäki".

The one I noticed in Finnmark (you should consider widening that location or trying different combinations of search criteria) -

Norwegian censuses on NHDC website, instructions included (
The database search wildcard which is enormously useful is '%'.

Re: From Finland to Norway

Posted: 2 Feb 2014 7:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Feb 2014 7:38PM GMT
Thank you very much for your advice. I've sat in dozens of hours at the computer, trying to find him using archives search engines with different variations of names. And going through the Finnmark area church records page by page in the address:

I have not find anything about him and it is starting to seem that his life in Norway will remain a mystery
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