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Posted: 1338173057000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Baanan, Pbaanan
I am looking for any information on my great grandparents. My father always told me that they came to the US from Finland and arrivd in Fairport Harbor Ohio. They had three children who were all born in the US. Elmer, Hilja (my grandmother) and Wolfred. I am not sure if the spelling of their name was changed or not. Their name may have been spelled Pbaanan in Finland. My grandmother was born in 1903 I think. My great grandparents names were. John. Ivar. And Sofia. I came across a draft registration for him after he was in the US but that is all I can find,

Re: Baanan

Posted: 1338321346000
Classification: Immigration
Surnames: Baanan, Pbaanan, Paananen

Your post didn't indicate what was the birth date of your Great Grandfather. Hopefully it was on the WWI Draft Registration you found (or was it WWII?). Where did they settle after first arriving? What are the possible years that they did arrive?

I found on a manifest that this person's destination was Athens, Ohio:

Name: Ivar Paananen
Arrival Date: 9 Sep 1905
Birth Year: abt 1884
Age: 21
Gender: Male
/Nationality: Finnish
Port of Departure: Southampton
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: St Louis

I'm not saying that is your G-Grandfather. I found it by just working with the surname. And, the surname may not even be correct.

Here are some resources for your search:

Finnish Heritage Museum of Fairport Harbor

Emigration from Finland

Ellis Island
Posted: 1338332216000
Classification: Query
Ithanks for responding. His birthdate was Jan 17' 1881. I know that they must have come before 1903 because my grandmother was born here. They settles in Warren, Ohio.

Re: Baanan

Posted: 1338341410000
Classification: Census
I found this by searching for first names (or parts of 1st names) only:

1920 US Census
Howland, Trumbull County, Ohio

-Iria Varyes 38 (c. 1882) b. Finland, Immigration 1900 (1902?); Alien status; labor - saw mill
-Sophia Varyes 45, b. Finland, Immigration 1900; Alien status
-Elmer Varyes 16, (c. 1904), b. OH
-Helia Varyes 15, (c. 1905), b. OH
-Walford Varyes 17, (c. 1903), b. OH

The handwriting on the census page is something else!

Other info.:

from Ohio Department of Health. Ohio, Deaths:

Name: John Ivar Baanan
Death Date: 3 Nov 1942
County of Death: Trumbull


Elmer Baanan
b. 24 Jun 1903
d. 20 Aug 1966
Last Residence: Warren, Trumbull, Ohio
Certificate # 65181

Also try searching at:

You may have to end up searching one county with only those born in Finland and go name by name.

Good luck! That is a challenge.
Posted: 1341878464000
Classification: Query
1940 Howland, Trumbull Co Ohio census living at 189 Market St Extention
Name Age
Ivar Paanan 59 occupation Farmer
Sophia Paanan 66

Are you saying their ship landed at Fairport Harbor Ohio? This would NOT be the case. In fact here is a record for

Name: Ivar Paananen
Arrival Date: Sep 1901
Age: 20years 8months
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Ship Name: Commonwealth
Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Last Residence: Findland
Destination to Harbor, OH

Evidently he left out of the Port of Goteburg Sweden
Name: Ivar Paananen
Birth Year: abt 1881
Gender: Man (Male)
Place of Origin: Finland Sf
Destination: Harbor Ohio
Record Date: 6 sep 1901
Port of Departure: Göteborg
Database Name: EmiHamn
Archive Call Number: 68:299:10642
Principal Person: Paananen Ivar

Posted: 1341930646000
Classification: Query
Thanks for your help. I have also seen that but I was not sure because there is no mention of my great grandmother, Sophia. I always thought that they came together. I have searched for her but no luck. Her maiden name was Mackey possibly spelled Maki. My dad always said they came in through Fairport Harbor, but now I am unsure.

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