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Merchant marines are sailors who work on commercial ships. Finland had a large merchant marine enterprise that traveled and traded worldwide.  
 
Merchant marines are sailors who work on commercial ships. Finland had a large merchant marine enterprise that traveled and traded worldwide.  
  
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Records of Finnish Lutheran churches or sailors’ houses in foreign ports.  
 
Records of Finnish Lutheran churches or sailors’ houses in foreign ports.  
  
== Merchant Marine Records [Kauppalaivasto/Handelsflottan] ==
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== Merchant Marine Records [Kauppalaivasto/Handelsflottan] ==
 
 
Research use: Merchant marine records are a valuable research tool. Finland had a large number of Finnish merchant marines; many of them deserted or emigrated and ended up in the United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Pacific coast, Atlantic coast), Canada, and Australia. These records are very valuable in linking these individuals to their Finnish origins.
 
 
 
Record type: These are records of sailors on commercial ships. Finland had a large merchant marine enterprise that traveled and traded worldwide. In the nineteenth century Finland provided the bulk of the merchant marine services for the Russian Empire. Among the records of the merchant marine are records of the navigational schools [merenkulkukoulu/navigationsskola] and records of the sailors’ houses [merimieshuone/ sjömanshus]. The sailors houses recruited and registered sailors. They made crew assignments for each ship and recorded the ships’ crews as they embarked and disembarked.
 
  
Time period: about 1800 to present.
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Merchant marine records are a valuable research tool. Finland had a large number of Finnish merchant marines; many of them deserted or emigrated and ended up in the United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Pacific coast, Atlantic coast), Canada, Australia, or Russia.
  
Contents: These records contain names of individual sailors, birth dates and places, marital status, position on the ship, salary, and previous ship assignments, with some ports listed for each journey. They make note of desertions and deaths.
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These are records of sailors on commercial ships. Finland had a large merchant marine enterprise that traveled and traded worldwide. In the nineteenth century Finland provided the bulk of the merchant marine services for the Russian Empire. Among the records of the merchant marine are records of the navigational schools [''merenkulkukoulu'' / ''navigationsskola''] and records of the sailors’ houses [''merimieshuone'' / ''sjömanshus'']. The sailors houses recruited and registered sailors. They made crew assignments for each ship and recorded the ships’ crews as they embarked and disembarked.  
  
Location: At provincial archives and in the municipal archives of some coastal cities. Recent records would be at the schools or sailors’ institutions.
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They contain names of individual sailors, birth dates and places, marital status, position on the ship, salary, and previous ship assignments, with some ports listed for each journey. If any sailors deserted or died during the voyage it was indicated on the register. Originals can be found at provincial archives and in the municipal archives of some coastal cities. Recent records would be at the schools or sailors’ institutions.
  
Percentage in Family History Library: About 40%.
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== Family History Library Collection ==
 
 
Population coverage: 5%.
 
 
 
Reliability: Very good.<ref name="profile">The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Finland,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1986-2003.</ref>
 
 
 
== Family History Library Collection ==
 
  
 
Since there were many Finnish merchant marines, these records are a valuable source for researchers. To find them, look in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under Finland and the main port cities:  
 
Since there were many Finnish merchant marines, these records are a valuable source for researchers. To find them, look in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under Finland and the main port cities:  
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FINLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY] - TOWN RECORDS  
 
FINLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY] - TOWN RECORDS  
  
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Merchant marines are sailors who work on commercial ships. Finland had a large merchant marine enterprise that traveled and traded worldwide.

Among the records of the Finnish merchant marine are:

Records of the navigational schools [merenkulkukoulu/navigationsskola].

Records of the sailors’ houses [merimieshuone/sjömanshus].

The sailors’ houses recruited and registered sailors. They made crew assignments for each ship and recorded the ships’ crews as they embarked and disembarked. These records contain individual names, birth dates, birthplaces, marital status, position on the ship, salary, and previous ship assignments, with some ports listed for each journey.

Records of Finnish Lutheran churches or sailors’ houses in foreign ports.

Merchant Marine Records [Kauppalaivasto/Handelsflottan][edit | edit source]

Merchant marine records are a valuable research tool. Finland had a large number of Finnish merchant marines; many of them deserted or emigrated and ended up in the United States (Alaska, Hawaii, Pacific coast, Atlantic coast), Canada, Australia, or Russia.

These are records of sailors on commercial ships. Finland had a large merchant marine enterprise that traveled and traded worldwide. In the nineteenth century Finland provided the bulk of the merchant marine services for the Russian Empire. Among the records of the merchant marine are records of the navigational schools [merenkulkukoulu / navigationsskola] and records of the sailors’ houses [merimieshuone / sjömanshus]. The sailors houses recruited and registered sailors. They made crew assignments for each ship and recorded the ships’ crews as they embarked and disembarked.

They contain names of individual sailors, birth dates and places, marital status, position on the ship, salary, and previous ship assignments, with some ports listed for each journey. If any sailors deserted or died during the voyage it was indicated on the register. Originals can be found at provincial archives and in the municipal archives of some coastal cities. Recent records would be at the schools or sailors’ institutions.

Family History Library Collection[edit | edit source]

Since there were many Finnish merchant marines, these records are a valuable source for researchers. To find them, look in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under Finland and the main port cities:

FINLAND - MERCHANT MARINE

FINLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY] - MERCHANT MARINE

FINLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY] - BUSINESS RECORDS AND COMMERCE

FINLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY] - OCCUPATIONS

FINLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY] - SCHOOLS

FINLAND, [COUNTY], [CITY] - TOWN RECORDS