Finns and the Land

Author: Justin Gage We are ready to publish our first visualization! This is a preliminary or “beta” version mapping Finnish property ownership on Sugar Island in 1938. Most land records from the 19th and early 20th centuries are not particularly detailed. If the land is west of Ohio, it was surveyed in accordance with the …

Making Sense of Census Data

Writer: Saara Kekki Previously, Justin wrote about searching for archival records, and Olli wrote about the detective work involved in finding some of the Sugar Island Finns in Finland. In this post, I will talk about what comes next, how to structure, clean, and verify the data we found. The foundation of our data are …

The Various Chapters in the Lives of Sugar Island Finns

Writer: Olli Saukko In this post, I continue with evaluating the process of researching the background of Sugar Island Finns. As the first post presented the sources and challenges of this research, this post concentrates on some of the findings I made during the process. The peaceful, harmonious and united Finnish community?   W hen …

Where did the Sugar Island Finns come from?

Writer: Olli Saukko I worked as a project researcher in the HUMANA project on its first year, 2019. My main task, with which I spent most of my time within the project, was to examine the background of the Finnish people that lived on Sugar Island in Michigan in the time period of this research, …