Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Family Tree

Earlier this year I created a large family tree on our dining room wall with photos of Robert's and mine relatives. It was a fun project and all of those photos can be enjoyed.

Paterson & Foster Tree

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Rock Lake

I posted a photo in 2013 that had Finnish on the back. I had a cousin comment with a translation. Thanks. Here is another photo in my collection with Finnish.

Friday's Faces from the Past - California 1949

52 Ancestors – Matti Mattinpoika Haukijärvi – Finnish great grandfather

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me – My Mom – Fridjof Makie – Carolina Waara - Sakris Honkawaara – Matti Mattinpoika Haukijärvi

Here is another one of my Finnish ancestors. I’m having difficultly figuring out if I should just use the patronymic names, include the farm names or the name that was recorded in the records in my genealogy database. For now I have decided to have the surname as the last name they went by with other names recorded as suffixes. I’ve tried to record the names in Finnish although the records are in Swedish. Since my ancestors probably were known by their Finnish names. My Finnish side of my family has required me to think differently about names and records and learn a little Swedish and Finnish. What I’m really enjoying are the church records. They are quite addicting. It’s like solving a great puzzle. Between the Finland's Family History Association and Genealogical Society of Finland website, you can discover ancestors going way back.

Oulu Coat of Arms
Matti was born July 28, 1808 on the Heickilä farm in the village of Puhos in the parish of Pudasjärv , Oulu, Finland to Matti Mattinpoika Riecki and Elsa Pekkantytär Timonen. Following the Rippikirjat books, Matti's family lived on the Heickilä  farm from 1799 to 1822. Then the Heickilä farm seems to remain empty till 1854. He is then found at the Haukijärvi farm from 1823 to 1838, with his wife, Elsa Maria Erikintytär Ruokangas who he married on March 17, 1830. Also on the Haukijärvi farm are Matti's parents, Matti and Elsa and his sister Christina and her husband, Henric Johonpoika Wäisänen with their children. Four of Matti's children are born here including my 2nd great grandfather, Sakari in 1837. The other children born at Haukijärvi farm are: Matti, Elsa, and Erkki. 

Matti and his family is found in the Rippikirjat books from 1839 to 1845 under Torpare och backstugusittare (crofters and cottager)  with  three more children, Juho, Anna Lisa and Maria Magdeline. Then from 1846 to 1853 he is found under Backstuguhjon m. fl i Jurmu läslag (not sure of the translation) with another child Erkki (the first Erkki having died). 

Matti and his family are back at the Heickilä farm from 1854 to 1880. Maybe longer as 1880 is the last year of the  Rippikirjat books for Pudasjärvi online at Finland's Family History Association.

More on Matti family:

Sources :

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

52 Ancestors – Sarah Everton Wakeman (Smith) – The girl from Worcestershire

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me – My Dad – Dorothy Eleanor Warry – Edith Elinore Smith – Sarah Everton Wakeman

My grandmother Dorothy Warry (Paterson) left a wonderful clue to the surname of her maternal grandmother.  She gave my uncle, Bruce the middle name of Wakeman. With a name like Wakeman, you just know it has to be a clue to someone.The confirming evidence was the birth certificate of Dorothy's mother, Edith Elinore Smith. I posted a copy of the birth record in 2011.  Her mother is listed as Sarah Everton Smith, formerly Wakeman. Sarah's middle name is her mother's maiden name. I love it when my ancestors  left clues. 

Sarah was born probably sometime in 1836 as she is baptized May 22, 1836 in Lower Mitton, Worcestershire, England to James Wakeman and Sarah Everton.  In the 1841 census Sarah is  about 6 years old living in Mitton, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England with her parents (James listed as a nailer and Sarah),  six siblings, Charles Everton who is listed as 2 and Mary Everton, 84 (who is probably her maternal grandmother). Sarah's life is somewhat of a mystery between 1851 when she would have be about 16 and 1865 when she marries at 29. I've not been able to find her in the 1851 and 1861 census and she isn't listed in her father household. By 1865 she has made her way to Parkstone, Dorset, England as on the marriage record her residence is listed as Parkstone. 

On October 1st, 1865 in the St. Peters Church in Parkstone, Dorest, England Sarah marries  the carpenter John William Smith. Sarah's father is stated as James Wakeman, a blacksmith. Witnesses are Albert Hoare (probably one of John's cousin on his mother's side) and Anne Smith (probably John's sister). I wonder if any of Sarah's family were at the marriage. 
John William Smith and Sarah Wakeman Marriage
Sarah and John have seven children, all baptized at the St. Peters church where they were married. All their baptisms can viewed on Family Search, click on their names to see the links. 

Sarah and John raised their children in Parkstone, Dorset, England. Sarah passes away in 1915.

More about Sarah’s family:

England, birth certificate, Edith Elinore Smith, 1876; registration district; Poole, Dorset. citing 5a/274/101

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Sep 2014), Sarah Wakeman, 22 May 1836; citing Lower Mitton, Worcester, England, reference item 3 p 290; FHL microfilm 350501.

 "England and Wales Census, 1841," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Sep 2014), Sarah Wakeman, Kidderminster Foreign, Stourport, Worcestershire, England; citing "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, ( : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. 

England, marriage record, John William Smith and Sarah Wakeman, 1865; registration district; Poole, Dorset. citing 5a/623/36.

 "England and Wales, Death Registration Index, 1837-1920", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Sep 2014), Sarah E Smith, 1915.