1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 31, 2021 2:26 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking information about Antti (Anders) Paananen

    Pauno Paananen Newbie

      My grandfather was in America during the years 1889-1899. My relatives like to know where he lived and perhaps some more information. My grandfather`s was Antti (Anders) Paananen. He was born on 6 March 1866 in Viitasaari, Finland. He died on 10 October 1949 in Viitasaari, Finland. His marriage with Ida Sofia Kauppinen was  on 19 September 1890. Ida Sofia Kauppinen was born 27 December 1871 in Viitasaari, Finland. I have not found any information about his travels and about living in America. We shall be very grateful if we can get some information about Antti.

        • Re: Seeking information about Antti (Anders) Paananen
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. Paananen,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We suggest that you review these Genealogy: Passenger Arrival List Research Tips  and NARA’s page on Immigration Records for suggestions on how to locate immigration information for your grandfather.  There are numerous ways that individuals could enter the United States from Europe such as on a ship that arrived at various coastal ports or over land from Canada, etc.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and and 9 series in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that contain passenger lists for the 1880s. For more information, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We also located 26 series in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) that  pertain to passenger lists for the 1880s. For access to these series, please email the reference unit listed as the contact section of the Catalog description.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and various other NARA reference units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

          In addition, we suggest that you search local newspaper archives and city directories for mention of Antii (Anders) Paananen during the timeframe that he resided in the United States. Many of the passenger lists, newspaper archives and city directories have been digitized and are name-searchable online using Ancestry and FamilySearch.  There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, you may wish to contact your local library. Many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for patrons.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!