Many societies and organizations may have valuable genealogical information. You can find several such societies in Finland and in the country where your ancestor immigrated, including the United States. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies and support their efforts.
Several genealogical societies emphasize Finnish research. Most of them publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may also have special indexes, collections, and projects. Some publish queries about Finnish ancestors or maintain a list of members’ research interests. Some specialize in the immigrants to a specific area.
The Genealogical Society in Finland provides addresses of local genealogical societies and can also refer you to local professional researchers. You can contact the society at:
Suomen Sukututkimusseura/Genealogiska Samfundet i Finland Liisankatu 16A
You can find a list of local genealogical societies in Finland on the Internet at:
Finnish historical societies in areas where Finnish immigrants settled may have valuable information. They collect information about Finnish immigrants and have special collections of books and manuscript materials about Finland that may be hard to find in other libraries and archives. You can inquire if their collection can be circulated.
Three Finnish-American historical societies are:
Finnish-American Historical Society of Michigan
Southfield, MI 48075
Finnish-American Historical Society of the West
P.O. Box 3515
Portland, OR 97208
Swedish Finn Historical Society
6512 23rd Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117-5728
The addresses of many ethnic-heritage historical societies in North America are given in:
- Smith, Betty P. Directory: Historical Agencies in North America. 13th ed. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1986. (FHL book 970 H24d 1986)
- Wheeler, Mary Bray, ed. Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada. 14th ed. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1990. (FHL book 970 H24d 1990)