This site is the Finnish site for research, and they are also HISKI Project- that's a parish site for Finland- thing is, I would ask for help on Finland Forum here on how to use that- I've had that site address for about 5 years now, and have barely gotten anywhere- I think it's because you have to know where the aumlauts and other letter markings go and how to put them on there to use it correctly- it doesn't default.The Genealogia site just put up a bunch of censuses that may be able to help you- I haven't been there in a while, just checked it out.
Also, the migration institute is a good place to check, if you can't seem to find anything on Ellis Island- the trouble with this site is that it started charging the beginning of this year- really aggravating, especially if they don't find anything.I have found quite a few family members this way, and it is a reputable site, according to my family in Finland.
Another one I find really reputable, and this is going to sound strange, but it really works-
This guy has a search engine that searches the world for all kinds of surnames- it is really how I found my living family in Finland- really cool, and when I have hit a brickwall, this one comes through for me- course, gotta get documents to back it up, but still.You have to disengage your popup blocker to use, and it's worth it. Another one I look at all the time-
This one has censuses and alot of goodies on it- course, check with the government (courthouse,etc) I have found this one to be a useful tool.
What I would do, since you have a date and a place in Finland, what I would do is find out what parish that Perho is in, check with the HISKI project- I would try and establish what the Farmname is- okay, what's that, most finnish researchers ask- It was a name that was given to families when they established farms-ie- my family of Storpellinen bought crown land in Finland, and named it Kahkipuro, which, hence, became their last name.Alot of names changed this way.
I'm going to be doing some research on the Maki name for a while- I got a major lead on my Maki side, and I really want to check it out.I'll definitely keep you in mind while doing this.I'm not 100% sure where it will lead me in Finland- the last place I have my Maki's are in Lapua, but I do know that they had come from somewhere else before hand.(about a 75 year range)
Another thought- did you try Naturalization records?That might help with clarifying Selma's name too.I would try the state you think she may have Naturalized in.If you know where she died, you should be able to contact the vital records department, and get a death cert, should only cost about $5-$10.I wonder if they married in the USA- if so, get the marriage cert.It may clarify if the Maki name was Maki, or shortened.
Another thought- if you can get the address to the parish for Perho, contact them and see if they can't do a look up for you (Mind you, courthouse,parish records have a fee- I was sent a bill, and because I didn't understand finnish- it looked like a receipt of some sort- HA- it was for $20.It was interesting! I had alot of work done in one parish over there, and they were most gracious.)
And of course, when in doubt- check
My favorite.Okay, hope this helps, and we are on a box hunt for this information I told you I have.It will be found!I am determined (and it's getting my house clean! Thanks! LOL) Keittaa