Searching for Aaltonen

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010

I discovered in State of Alaska naturalization records an entry for a Willehard Aaltonen, an immigrant from Finland naturalized in 1925. He is listed as a fisherman residing in Taku Harbor at the time.

My great-grandfather's name was Willehard Aaltonen, and he lived in Finland in late 19th and early 20th century. Needless to say, I am highly intrigued by this discovery, not least because my great-grandfather is meant to have been killed in an accident in or around 1917.

It is of course possible that there are two people by the same name. However, the surname Aaltonen is not all that common, and the first name Willehard is extremely unusual (it is not a Finnish name at all, and I've in fact never heard of anyone in Finland by that name); consequently, the combination of those particular first and last names must be exceptionally rare.

I would be very interested in finding out more about the person who was naturalized in 1925, or anyone still living in the Juneau area who is related to Willehard Aaltonen or knew him (he might have gone by the names Willard or simply Will), in order to establish any link he may have had to my great-grandfather or other ancestors. Any information would be very much appreciated.

Roope Aaltonen

Oxford, England

roope@aaltonen.org



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