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Maira (#47141445)
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Bio Photo ♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥.♥
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Also many warm thanks to all the wonderful people who left flowers, candles or other tokens!
My life motto is: "There are no coincidencies, everything has its purpose and all things happen at the right time."

If you find any errors or incomplete birth and death dates in my postings, please, contact me through the EDIT-button at the right top of the site. I'd be happy to make the corrections and additions.
The photos I've added are either public domain or taken by me.

Please! Do not add any photos from other sites to my entries unless you've taken them yourself or you have the photographer's permission to publish them. I would really appreciate it.
Hi, Everyone!
They say there are no coincidencies in this world and it certainly proved true, when I googled Maira one day. One of the search results offered an option: Maera. In Greek mythology, Maera was the hound of Icarus, father of Erigone.

According to the myth:
"Icarus was a follower of wine god Dionysus and had been taught how to make wine. While travelling, Icarus met some drunken shepherds, who killed him. After getting sober next day the shepherds understood what they had done and buried Icarus' body. Erigone was worried about her father, and set off with her dog Maera to find him. Maera at last discovered his grave, and both became so overwhelmed with grief that Erigone hanged herself and Maera leapt off a cliff. According to the Greek poet Nonnos, Maera declined to leave the grave and was starved to death. Upon hearing the news, Dionysus placed them in the sky as the constellations of Virgo (Erigone), Boëtes (Icarus) and the dog star, Sirius (Maera)."

In the remembrance of Maera, the eternally devoted dog, I'll do my best posting photographs of as many gravestones as possible in the Kanta-Häme area in the Southern Province of Finland.
(Updated Feb. 24, 2014)

Maira from Finland

Jos löydät edesmenneen omaisesi näiltä sivuilta ja haluat, että poistan hänen tietonsa, ilmoita siitä painamalla kyseisen sivun oikeasta yläreunasta EDIT-nappia, jonka kautta voit jättää viestisi. Otan mielelläni myös vastaan lisätietoja, kuvia ja korjausehdotuksia, jos haluat täydentää sivua. Kunnioitan jokaista edesmennyttä, olivat he sitten eläneet yhden päivän tai sata vuotta. Jokainen elämä on arvokas ja muisto siitä jää elämään ja nämä sivut ovat yksi keino sen mahdollistamiseksi.
Hautamuistomerkit pikku hiljaa katoavat ajan ja säiden kuluttamina, joten toivon osaltani voivani tallentaa tätä puolta kulttuurihistoriaamme tuleville sukupolville.

"Hallinto-oikeus kumosi tietosuojalautakunnan päätöksen - hautakuvat saavat olla internetissä (5.2.2010 6:45).
Helsingin hallinto-oikeuden mukaan hautausmaiden hautamuistomerkeissä olevat tiedot on nimenomaan tarkoitettu kenen tahansa nähtäviksi, joten hautakivet ja niissä olevat tiedot voi julkaista esimerkiksi internetissä. Oikeuden perustelujen mukaan kysymys ei ole sellaisesta yksityisyyden suojasta, jota henkilötietolaissa tarkoitetaan."

Ystävällisin terveisin, Maira

(Päivitetty 24.02.2014)
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D. Goodboe
Re: Koskimies, Kaarlo
Thanks Maira! This is very valuable information and my friend was very happy to see it last night for her ancestor. I'm grateful for the upgraded photos and biographical details.

Any contributions from Finland are most welcome. It is difficult to find online and most of the language translators do not work very well, so I have a lot of gaps to fill. Thanks for the work you do on Findagrave.

Added by D. Goodboe on Nov 24, 2015 11:50 AM
D. Goodboe
Koskimies, Kaarlo
# 42241235

Hi Maira,

I'm asking for permission to use the photos (portrait and headstone) that you posted to the memorial page for Kaarlo Koskimies. I'm working on a family history for a friend who is a descendant and it would be nice for her to see it posted to her public tree on Ancestry. I would of course credit you as donor.

If you'd rather not see it posted there I understand and will just say thanks for creating these pages for so many Finns. It helps fulfill some of the promise of Findagrave.

Added by D. Goodboe on Nov 22, 2015 12:14 PM
Forest Hill
Declined Edits
I recently sent edits for you to change "-Maira-" to "Maira" on six edits, which you declined. The Find A Grave FAQ says:

Memorial Naming Conventions: Non-famous Memorials

If a hyphen or an apostrophe is part of the name, use the punctuation.
Use a period after names where only an initial is known. If the full name is known, use the full name and not the initial.
Do not use any other punctuation within any Name Field.

Please correct these memorials or let me know if you still disagree so that I can forward them to management to be corrected.
Added by Forest Hill on Nov 05, 2015 12:39 PM
Bob Kelly
Thank you
I would send a thanks for all your efforts. I found grave of great-grand parents. There daughter Selma, my grandmother immigrated to the US in 1906.
Added by Bob Kelly on Nov 01, 2015 6:37 PM
Gary L
RE: Suominen Family

Thank you for returning my email.

I knew it was unlikely but was worth looking into


Added by Gary L on Oct 13, 2015 4:55 PM
Gary L
Suominen Family
Hello Maira,

I was looking for information on the family of David Suominen b, 1905 NY. (Family ancestry in Finland)

I see you tagged David, his wife Minnie, along with Otto and Henry.


Added by Gary L on Oct 12, 2015 1:10 PM
Ben Stark
Stark graves

It's so great to see ur work I was able to visit the cemetery there in bergo about 5 years ago. My father Christer stark grew up on the island and has living relatives there now. I was able to see pretty much all my ancestors buried in one place which was pretty awesome! Just a couple questions do u live on the island? If so do you know a family with Ruth that has a daughter Magdalena? I've been trying to get ahold of Magdalena since she speaks English and Ruth doesn't so well. If you have any way of helping me with this it would be so great

Thank you so much

Ben stark
Added by Ben Stark on Aug 06, 2015 9:17 PM
Thomas Rosedahl
RE: Ekholm

The tompiper address, we still use, but I'm trying to switch my email to my gmail address and that is the address Tom is writing me on when he gets to a computer. It is: Where in Helsinki is the cemetery located? All Tom has planned for his 3 days there is doing some research for me as far as I know, so he may get to the cemetery if he gets the emails I've been sending him. He is taking the overnight ferry from Stockholm and I haven't heard from him for a while because the internet in Stockholm at the hotel was not working. And since I had to cancel going on the trip in the last minute, he kind of owes me some time in Finland. He would not have been going there had I not insisted to see my roots as well as the 2 weeks he and his sisters spent in Norway exploring "their" country! I understand my grandmother is originally from Loviisa, so if I ever do get over there, that would be another side trip for me.

By the way, I meant to tell you that your English is perfect. So I know you are not using an internet translator. Are you Finnish or British or American or what?

Added by Thomas Rosedahl on Jul 21, 2015 2:53 PM
Thomas Rosedahl
RE: Hjalmar Johan Ekholm
OH MY GOODNESS!!! You have just broken through a wall I have been trying to get through in my genealogy for years now. I should have asked my mother some of these questions long ago, but don't think she knew much about her relatives either even though she did make a trip to Finland with her parents when she was young. THANK YOU so much. My husband is on a Scandinavian trip right now that I was supposed to make with him, but my health got in the way and kept me from traveling. He will be in Helsinki from July 22 to the 24th and will be heading back to the US on the 25th. I had tasked him with doing some research in the archives. He is a better researcher than I anyway.

I am wondering why my grandfather had a brother listed on his papers and why they had his father's name on his death certificate listed as Hans. I guess it's just a mystery I will continue to attempt to solve. My mother always said she thought my grandfather had at least two brothers and she thought one of them had immigrated to the US west coast and the other had stayed in Finland. She never mentioned sisters for him.

I would love to pursue the research if you are willing. Can I pay you for your time?

Thank you again for the time you have invested in a stranger's family tree.

Sharron Rosedahl
Added by Thomas Rosedahl on Jul 20, 2015 4:26 PM
Thomas Rosedahl
Hjalmar Johan Ekholm
Do you have any details regarding Hjalmar Johan Ekholm other than his birth and death dates? Photo of his grave? I am searching for my grandfather's (Harold Henrich Ekholm) background and have not been able to locate his birth information (born in Helsinki in 1881). But I do have several documents from my grandfather. On the passenger log from his arrival in the US his next of kin is listed as Hjalmar Ekholm. And on another registration form he lists a sister Edich or Edith Ekholm. So I figured I would begin to see if I can find any information relating to either Hjalmar or Edich and possibly locate my grandfather's information that way. Thank you for any help.

Sharron Rosedahl
Added by Thomas Rosedahl on Jul 18, 2015 9:38 AM
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