In Finland Cemeteries, Graves May Be Recycled after 25 Years

When I visited Finland a few years ago, I made sure that I toured the cemeteries of Vesanto and Rautalampi, the villages my grandparents emigrated from. I found several cemetery stones with Huuskonen and Hyt√∂nen (Grandma’s maiden name) engraved on them–but none were for ancestors I knew about at the time. There is a good

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Surnames in Finland

Today, I accessed the wiki page on labeled¬†“Finland Surnames.” It was quite helpful as it very clearly explained the surname practices in Western Finland versus those in Eastern Finland. Eastern and western Finland have different naming traditions. Both naming customs date back to the earliest written sources. There was frequent overlap of these practices

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