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Posted: 1215461290000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Rajala, Riley. Bjorkland. Nordquist
My Rajala's were originally from finland and then somewhere around 1910 they changed the name to Riley.

My ggrandfather arrived at Ellis Island in 1899 (from Alavus Finland) and proceeded to New Castle Pa. He married my great grandmother in March of 1902. They are on the 1910 census in Washington County PA.

ggrandfather immigrated as Johan Nestori Rajala. On the 1900 Census he is listed in New Castle as John Rail. By 1910 they are John and Mary Riley. Death record is listed as Nestor Rajala

ggrandmother was Maria Elisabeth Nordqvist also from Finland (Teuva Finland). She was married 1st to Anders Bjorkland. He passed away sometime before 1900. She is listed as Mary Barkle in New Castle, Pa on the 1900 census.

Mary had 10 children

With Anders Bjorkland:
Elmer John
William Andrew
Jennie Marie

With John Rajala
Direne Otillia (Tillie)
Alma Lydia (Allie)
Einar (Enoch) A.
David A.

If any of the is sounds familiar I would love to hear from you.


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