I'm having difficulty locating this Wiitala family in Finnish records, despite having relevant detail on their children and mother from immigration records, Finnish passport records, and WWI registration records. I've looked in FFHA, HisKi, Digitaaliarkisto, Institute of Migration, and some Oulu&Paavola microfiche records w/o success. Any suggestions for other sources or help would be appreciated.
Father: Juho (Johan) Wiitala d. bet 1888-1917, Oulu,Finland
Mother: Kaisa (Catherine/Katarina) Suorsa, last known residence in 1909-Aleksanterinkatu 41, Oulu (city), Oulu, Finland; d. aft 1917.
1) Edith (Eeti Katarina) Wiitala; b.18 Nov 1878,home parish - Paavola (from Finnish Passport); Arrived NY, 17 Apr 1903, ship-Germanic;m. John Adolph Adamson (Norwegian) 12 Dec 1908, Atlantic, Houghton, MI. 4 children; d. aft1940, probably in Houghton County, MI.
2)Greeta (Kreeta) Wiitala; b. 17 Jan 1882, home parish - Paavola (from Finnish Passport); Arrived NY, 20 Feb 1904, ship- Cedric; US Contact-sister, Edith Wiitala; m. Henry Niemela 17 Sep 1910, Atlantic, Houghton, MI; Traveled to Finland with husband in Mar 1912. No further trace of them found.
3)John (Juho/Jussi) Wiitala. b. 14 Aug 1886, Paavola Petäjä, Finland (from WWI Draft Registration, which also listed mother as dependent in 1917, implying that father had died before then); Arrived NY, 27 Apr 1907, ship - Lucania; US Contact: sister Kreeta Wiitala, Painesdale, MI; m. Adolfiina Peltola, 16 Nov 1918 Painesdale; Three children; D. 18 Jan 1970, Chassell, Houghton, MI.
4)Hannah Katarina Wiitala; b. 2 Sep 1887, home parish - Oulu (from Finnish Passport); Arrived NY, 26 Nov 1908, ship- Adriatic; Finland contact-mother, Katarina Wiitala; m1. John Christ Aho, 23 Apr 1910 Calumet, Houghton, MI; Three children; m2. Einar Mattley, 30 Mar 1929, Deer Lodge, MT.; d. 18 Jan 1962, North Hollywood, California.
5)Naemi Alexandra Wiitala; b 30 Oct 1888, home parish -Oulu (from Finnish Passport); Arrived NY, 30 May 1909, Finland contact: mother–Kaisa Wiitala; US contact–sister,Hannah Wiitala; m1. Antii (Andrew) Liekkari, 6 May 1911,Hancock, Houghton, MI. One child; m2. Oscar A Isaacsson, Bef 1918, Houghton, MI.; m3. Jacob J Ojala, 7 Sep 1939, Butte, MT.; d. 2 Jul 1974, Billings, MT.