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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Jalmer Johnson

Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton MI - Tuesday September 21, 1971 pg 2

Jalmer Johnson, 69, passed away Monday night in the Houghton County Medical Care Facility where he had been a patient for the past three weeks.

He was born November 13, 1901, in Toivola, a son of Anna and Elias Johnson and attended the Toivola School.

Mr. Johnson first was employed in the Silver Mines in Mullen, Idaho and later worked at Pearl Harbor building bomb shelters. During World War II he was in the Merchant Marines and then had sailed on the Great Lakes until his retirement at the age of 61. During the off-seasons he had made his home in Toivola and had been custodian of the Toivola Cemetery.

He was a member of the Toivola Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, the former Saima R. Honkavaara; two daughters, Beverly and Linda of Detroit; a son, Raymond Johnson of St. Clair Shores; a step-son, Harold Lindgren of Atlanta, GA; several grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Walter (Mamie) Salmi of Lakeview Manor, Hancock; two brothers, Ralph Johnson of West Allis, WI and Wilhart Johnson of Toivola and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Toivola Apostolic Lutheran Church, the Rev. Richard Barney to officiate. Burial will be in the Toivola Cemetery.

The body will be taken to the church at 12 noon Thursday from the Jukuri Funeral.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Edith Caroline Gull Maki

Daily Globe - July 12 1997
RAMSAY — Edith Caroline Maki, 83, of Wood Street, Ramsay, died Fnday, July 11, 1997, at her home in Ramsay.

The former Edith C. Gull was born May 14, 1914 at Toivola, Mich., daughter of the late Wilhelm and Hilja (Johnson) Gull. She attended school at Beacon
Hill, Mich. She was married to Waino "Barney" Maki in 1940.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Shore, a sister. Hazel Walters; and a brother, Kenneth Keturi.

Survivors include her husband, Barney; five sons, Wayne Maki of Fort Oranpe, Fla., William (Marilyn) Maki of Ramsay, John Maki of Ramsay, James Maki of Allendale, Fla., and Edward (Jackie) Maki of St. Louis, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hubert and Lawrence; five sisters, Ethel, Judy, Bernice, Faye, and Sharon, and numerous nieces and nephews

At Edith's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place. The Frick-Ziehnski Funeral Home, Bessemer, is in charge of the arrangements.

This picture is of the "Gull Girls". Edie, Ethel and Elvira's (aka Judy) father died in January 1919. Their mother, Hilia married Isaac Keteri in December 1919.


Other newspaper articles found documenting Edith Maki's life.

The Bessemer Pick and Axe - June 6 1974
A.A.A.T. and Mrs. Edward Maki and daughter Kerry are visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Barney Maki and her mother Mrs. Genevive Schultz.

A.A.A.T. Maki is serving in the U.S. Navy and is stationed at N.A.S. Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Bessemer Pick and Axe - August 29 1974
Mr. and Mrs. Waino (Barney) Maki have returned from a week's trip to
Grand Rapids, Minn, and Casper, Wyo. where they visited Mrs. Maki's sisters
and brothers.

The Bessemer Pick and Axe - January 1, 1975
Mr. Ralph Warren has returned to Fruita, Colorado after visiting with Barney and Edie Maki and their family.

The Bessemer Pick and Axe - April 5 1976
Barney and Edie Maki, Port Orange, Florida, are visiting their sons John and William and family.

Another son, Edward, who is stationed at Cecil Field, Florida, in the U.S. Navy, and his guest, Richie Threlkeld, accompanied the Makis on the trip.

The Bessemer Pick and Axe - April 26, 1976
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Taskala of Negaunee visited with Mr. and Mrs. Barney Maki and with friends in Newport Location,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sick Day Research Tips - West Virginia, Maiden Names and Finnish Cemeteries

The dog days of summer are here and summer colds and illnesses can be brutal as I found out last week. I made good use of my time by reviewing my Grandmother Hilia Johnson Keteri's twelve sibling's family trees. I was able to find obituaries for many and even some engagement and wedding announcements.

I hope some of this week's tips help you flesh out your family research.

Sunday August 14
* Love old newspapers? Search over 13 million pages of NY newspapers at the Old Fulton New York Postcard Site.
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Monday August 15
* Getting Started in Finnish Research? The Finnish Genealogical Society has listing of Finnish cemeteries across the United States.
* Visit:

Tuesday August 16
* The state of West Virginia has digitized vital records and they are available online.
* Visit:

Wednesday August 17
* Looking for Native American Indian Records? Check out Joe Beine’s website “Genealogy Articles, Tips and Research Guides”.
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Thursday August 18
* When trying to find a maiden name be sure to search in the unusual sources. Check out the following possibilities:
* Baby or autograph books
* Cards from a wedding or baby shower
* Guest books from weddings or anniversary parties
* Old address books

Friday August 19
* National Aviation Day
* Researching an ancestor that was involved in aviation? Find great research links, virtual museums and more at the American Aviation Historical Society
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Saturday August 20
* World Vital Records has a number of free databases, but it is primarily a subscription site. Review the available sources or try a free trial membership.
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Here is a picture of my grandmother and eight of her siblings. We are so lucky that someone in the family actually identifed all the children.

Family of Elias and Anna Hallsten Johnson, Toivola, MI

Take Care,


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Create a Genealogy Bucket List

I love Jack Nicholson movies. No one delivers the line "Here's Johnny!" like he did in The Shining. The other night I was channel surfing and came across Jack and Morgan Freeman in The Bucket List and it got me to thinking about my own bucket list... my Genealogy Bucket List.

My Genealogy Bucket List

What would be on your bucket list if you had unlimited resources or a time machine? While it is not complete, here are some of the ideas I had.

1. Travel to Sterbitz Germany, home of the Schwemm Family. While I would love to find all the birth and christening records what I would really like is to see Sterbitz and learn a bit about its history.

2. Organize a Keteri/Johnson Family Reunion. This is my mother's family and the majority live in Michigan and Minnesota. Since I am one of the older cousins there are many younger cousins I have not seen since they were young children or never met.

3. Track down the descendents of Gustav Blum's wife, Elsa. Gustav may have been my great grandmother's half sibling. Elsa was in an insane asylum when he killed their two children and himself. I would love to find out more about this tragic event and possibly some family photos.

4. Speak at a National Genealogy Conference. While I realize I have a lot of work to do to be considered for such a spot, it is on my bucket list.

5. Win a spot on Family Tree Magazine's top blog list.

6. Time Travel. If this becomes possible in my lifetime I would love an hour with Matilda Mueller Strunk Blum Schumacher. She may or may not be my great great grandmother. While I am fairly certain she was Gustav Blum's mother (see number 3) I have not been able to prove her relationship with Johanna Wilmeir Pahlke, my great grandmother. Johanna and Gus are referred to as half brother and sister, but I have nothing to prove the relationship. Plus, having been married 3 times, she probably has some great stories!

7. Research at the Salt Lake City library for a week. While I have been there before I find that just being there is inspiring and allows me to focus. I love libraries and that is the ultimate library!

Why Start a Bucket List?

I think atarting a Bucket List helped me focus on what I really want out of my genealogy. Sure, I would like to find every birth, death and marriage certificate for every relative but I would also like to connect with living cousins.

On a personal level I enjoy writing this blog and doing presentations so it is natural to want to kick it up a level or two. Listing it on my bucket list makes the goal more real.

So, sit down and do it - create your Genealogy Bucket List. It will help you focus and set goals for yourself and your research.

Take Care,

Unknown Woman, Johanna Pahlke (standing) Florence Schwemm Pahlke sitting with son Newton Pahlke

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Cleaning - A Genealogist's Nightmare!

It happens about once a year, my mom decides that the house, basement or garage is too cluttered. Since I live in Florida and mom lives in Illinois I am not always close enough to stage an intervention. Thank goodness for my sister Mary.

Family Intervention

One year mom decided to start cutting up family pictures and make a collage, thank goodness my sister had already scanned them. At that point Mary scanned every picture in the house.

Another year when I was visiting she told me I might want to go through a box in the basement in the basement she was going to throw out. The box had wedding, graduation and family pictures of my aunts, uncles and cousins. The entire box went home on the plane with me.

Bunni Keteri Orloski, Sharyn and James Orloski- Photo Saved by Pattie

Genealogy Treasures in Your Own Back Yard

When was the last time you did genealogy research in your own home? How about your parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts? I had not seen my Aunt Sharon in over 40 years and was lucky enough to reconnect with her a couple of years ago.

Aunt Sharon's closet was full of obituaries, correspondance, photos of her trips to Finland, family pictures and hand written family trees. A genealogist goldmine.

If You Don't Ask...

As a genealogist we are not bashful about calling cemeteries, county clerks and other archivists - why not ask your family for help?

Here is a list of items that may be gathering dust on someone's shelf:

* Address Books
* Family Newsletters
* Guest Books - Wedding, Bridal or Anniversary
* Baby Shower Memorabilia
* Christmas Card List
* Invitations - Wedding, Showers (baby or wedding)
* Autograph Books
* Family Albums
* Military - Scrapbooks / Albums
* Postcards
* Certificates - birth, death, communion, etc.
* Newspaper Clippings - births, deaths, sports, school, scouts
* Yearbooks

Any of these items could spark a memory, mention a woman's maiden name, provide a date or date range for an event or help round out a family story.

You might want to do some genealogy research a little closer to home, before the cleaning bug bites.

Take Care,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tall Tales, Grandpa Johnson and Researching Your Michigan Roots

We all grow up with family stories that have been handed down from generation to generation. While I always knew that some were probably embellished, I had no idea how much until I started researching my great grandfather Elias Johnson, one of the original settlers of Toivola Michigan.

The stories Elias told of his childhood and adulthood before he married my grandmother Anna Hallsten Johnson are all a bit suspect. And did I mention he left a wife and three children in Finland that he never mentioned until they showed up in a nearby town!

I also think that the art of 'spinning a good yarn' is genetic because his son Hardy and my uncle Kenny Keteri were also great story tellers. In fact, Hardy seems to have taken Elias' stories and spun them a little taller!

Uncle Kenny's stories were just pure fun. He made saunas an event for his own children and his nieces and nephews with stories like "The Three Little Pigs from Beacon Hill". We were so lucky that he recorded them because no one could ever tell them the way he did.

If you are starting to research your Michigan roots you might want to check out the website "Seeking Michigan" @

And while you are on the website read "The Rough and Rocky Road to Statehood" to get a better understanding of the road to statehood your ancestors travelled 174 years ago.

Michigan became a state on January 26, 1837.

Take Care,

Elias and Anna Hallsten Johnson with son John Walter