I found this interesting website today and it's subject made me think about things. My grandfather comes from Kauhajoki, Finland and his name was Samuel Harja. His father's name was Nikodemus Kiviharja. Our lastname became shorter because at some point Samuel moved to US and thought that our lastname should be easier and shorted so now it's just Harja.
Samuel came back to Finland in the beginning of the 20th century and started a family with a woman called Fanni. My father is the youngest from that family. I've heard that we have family in the US but nobody knows more about them. Kenneth Harja wrote that his family comes from Kauhajoki too. I'm very interested in my family and if Kenneth happens to know something, I'd appreciate it very much, if he could tell me more. It could even be possible that Kenneth is one of "us"!!! Thank you already.