Have you reached a “brick wall” in your genealogy research? Onsite genealogy research in Finland may just be the key to extending your Finnish ancestry. We have genealogists in Finland who can help!
Challenges in Finnish Genealogy Research
Like most other European countries, genealogical research in Finland hinges on first knowing where, exactly, your ancestors might have lived. Finnish records are organized on the local level, so identifying the town of origin is essential, before conducting any research in Finland. Keep in mind that due to changes of power and leadership, boundaries and jurisdictions, you’ll also want to research a little bit about the history of each location in order to make sure you’re looking for records in the correct place for the time period your ancestor(s) lived there. The modern-day name of a town or city might be different than what it formerly was, or the jurisdictional boundaries might have changed over time, and that will affect your research strategy. While the Finnish archives have digitized many records, including church records, more specialized records are held in the provincial or national archives. These include court, land, merchant marine, military, and other local records that must be accessed onsite by a genealogist in Finland.
Our Team of Professional Genealogists Can Help
If you have Finnish ancestry, our professionals can track down the city/town of origin of your ancestors and identify where the records for that place are currently kept. Our onsite agents can then visit that location to obtain any documents that are needed.
Onsite Archive Access in Finland
Our onsite genealogy researchers have access to the following archives, repositories and libraries in Finland to help track down the records you need to extend your Finnish family history:
- The Finnish National Archives
- Turun maakunta-arkisto
- Hämeenlinnan maakunta-arkisto
- Mikkelin maakunta-arkisto
- Vaasan maakunta-arkisto
- Jyväskylän maakunta-arkisto
- Joensuun maakunta-arkisto
- Oulun maakunta-arkisto
- Ålands landskapsarkiv
- University of Helsinki Library
- Brages Urklippsverk