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Finding your Finnish Ancestors


Located at the very top of Europe, Finland sometimes flies under the radar. But with its vast natural beauty, excellent education system, and of course, as the official home of Santa Claus (at least according to the people of Finland), perhaps it shouldn’t.

With a population of around 5.5 million people, Finland has one of the lowest population densities in Europe. Yet Finland also has a rich cultural heritage and history, with deep connections to both Sweden and Russia. Finland has also sent a significant number of people out into the world, with Finnish immigrants settling in the United States, Canada, and many other countries.

Today, people with Finnish ancestry have access to great records, many available through FamilySearch’s online Finnish collection. Getting acquainted with the Finnish language and naming traditions can be challenging at first. But once you get a grasp on them, you’ll likely find success in the thoroughly kept and well-preserved records.

If you want to understand and trace your Finnish heritage, here’s some information to help you dive in!