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Search this Site and Site Map

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Introduction

An overview of this web site, including details about its contents and purpose.

My Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and mt Haplogroup Z

An overview of the use of mitodchondrial DNA mapping in genealogical research. My own mtDNA shows I am a member of the rare Haplogroup Z.

A History of Finland

The country's origins, peoples, languages, politics, and culture.

A History of the Poyskys (Pöyskö) and Mattas (Määttä )

The Pöyskö and Määttä's time in Finland from the 1600s-1886, family trees, immigration to Oregon in 1886 and beyond, events over the past 100 years, modern and historic maps, and old family photos. Also includes a description of the three Elsa's in John Poysky's life. His mother, first wife and mother in law all shared the name Elsa.

A Brief History of the Keatleys and Laughlins

The families probably arrived from Scotland or Ireland prior to the Revolutionary War. Some eventually journeyed to the Pacific NW. This website will include family history, photos, maps, etc. To be posted at a future date.

Biographical Time Line of my Maternal Grandparents

Biographic time line of my maternal grandparents, Johan Pöyskö and Sofia Ulriika Heikkinen Määttä, and Johan's first wife, Kaisa Greta Kauppi Kontinen.

Adjunct Astoria Finns Information

The Kastel sisters, their spouses and children, were a closely knit extended family in Astoria from 1900 thru the 1930's.

Surnames and Locations Found on this Website

Listed alphabetically by family name, along with dates, when known. A list of important locations in Scandinavia and the US is also included by country and then by state, along with the ability to search this site for specific names and places, and a site map.

Links to Web Pages and Web Rings Dedicated to Genealogy, Scandinavia or the Pacific Northwest

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Email Me

Website Index

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Introduction

Welcome to our family web page. My name is Jane. These POYSKY - PÖYSKÖ - MATTA - MÄÄTTÄ - KEATLEY - LAUGHLIN Web Pages are an on-going genealogical hobby by me, a descendent of these four families. What started as a retirement hobby has become an activity that promotes family gatherings, seeks obscure information, dictates vacation destinations, and delves into the history of the Western World.

My grandparents were Johan PÖYSKÖ (later known as John POYSKY) and Sophia Ulriika MÄÄTTÄ (MATTA), and Robert Garland KEATLEY and Luella LAUGHLIN . The following pages are an attempt to share a portion of their lives, and that of their ancestors with all who may find it of interest.

I have divided my genealogical research into two areas, my maternal and paternal ancestors. This site reviews those of my maternal ancestors, Johan PÖYSKÖ (Poysky) and Sophia Ulriika MÄÄTTÄ (Matta), who came from Finland. Our other website, Keatley and Laughlin Genealogy, will review the history of my paternal ancestors, most of whom arrived in the US from Ireland or Scotland prior to the Revolutionary War. I have divided these pages to aid the web surfer looking for specific information on one branch of the family. Both sites will include search engines so you may seek specific individuals.

As I said, this website is dedicated to my maternal ancestors, which includes pages covering a history of Finland, my Finnish relatives in Finland, their emigration to the United States, and the activities of the family since their arrival began in 1886. Once it is uploaded, there will be several points on this website where you may click a hyperlink to my paternal Keatley/Laughlin relatives if this is also of interest to you.


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My Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and mt Haplogroup Z

An overview of the use of mitodchondrial DNA mapping in genealogical research. By mapping my mtDNA I learned I am a member of the rare Haplogroup Z. This information has helped me further my research. This page will provide information on using the reader's DNA to trace their own family line, and details about Haplogroup Z.

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A History of Finland

This hyperlink will take you to a page that gives an overview of the complex origins of Finland, its peoples and languages, geography, politics, and social and recreational pursuits. A History of Finland

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A History of the Poyskys (Pöyskö) and Mattas (Määttä )

The Finnish Matta/Määttä family has been traced to the 1600s through the Lutheran Church records in Kuusumo, Finland. The Poysky/Pöyskö family records are more recent. The Pöyskös have been found in the Lutheran Oulu Rural Parish, Oulu, Finland. In this map the Finnish province name is followed by its Swedish name. Both Oulu and Kuusumo are in Oulu Province. Finnish Provinces The province spans the width of Finland. Map of Finland

The first member of the maternal side of my family, my maternal grandfather, arrived in the United States in the 1880's. Like so many emigrant families, he later returned to his homeland for his spouse and child. The family settled in the 'Helsinki of the West', Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon. More children were born, a boarding house for Finnish men was established, the Lutheran Church and social organizations were joined, and the importance of a complete education was impressed on the next generation. Oregon in 1899

This section also includes a description of the three Elsa's in John Poysky's life. His mother, first wife and mother in law all shared the name Elsa. This page identifies each woman to help the reader understand my complex family tree.

Sofia Määttä and Johan Pöyskö Familes in Finland from the 1600s to 1830
Sofia Määttä and Johan Pöyskö Familes in Finland from the 1830 to 1891
Elsas and Kaisas in my Family Tree
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1886 -- 1895
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1896 -- 1910
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1911 -- 1920
Adjunct Astoria Finns Information
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1921 -- 1930
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1931 -- 1940
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1941 -- 1950
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1951 -- 2000


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A Brief History of the Keatleys and Laughlins

The KEATLEYS arrived in Virginia colony, probably from Ireland, prior to the Revolutionary War. They settled in what is now southeastern West Virginia. One hundred years later the first Keatley men ventured west, settling primarily in Washington State. Virginia Colony 1607-1776 Cowlitz County, WA Washington, 1899 To review their history and experiences 'across the pond' in North America, please visit our other website at Keatley and Laughlin Genealogy, which will be posted later.

It is generally believed that our Protestant Laughlin ancestors originally dwelled in the Highlands of Scotland, and that during the Catholic reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, they removed themselves to Ireland. Queen Mary was an ardent Catholic and prosecution of the Protestant was encouraged.

The Laughlins settled in County Down, then moved to County Antrim in Ulster, Northern Ireland. Records are scant, but sufficient to give credence to this supposition.

John Laughlin arrived in America in the mid 1700's from Ireland. He followed the customary Scotch Irish route of passing through Philadelphia, to central Pennsylvania, and then began the journey down the Appalachian trails. The family moved frequently in those early years.

Many Keatley family members continue to live within the originally settled area, now Mercer, Summers and Monroe Counties, West Virginia. Members from all of these Keatley families can be found in the records of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. Family members married into locally established West Virginia clans and appear in several area Family Histories. Map of West Virginia in ???? Counties of West Virginia


Biographical Time Line of my Maternal Grandparents

Biographic time line of my maternal grandparents, Johan Pöyskö and Sofia Ulriika Heikkinen Määttä, and Johan's first wife, Kaisa Greta Kauppi Kontinen. Elsa and Kaisa were common names in the Matta-Poysky families. This brief dated time line of births, emigrations, and deaths is meant to clearly identify each person's position in the family history.

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Adjunct Astoria Finn Information

The Kastel sisters, their spouses and children were a closely knit extended family in Astoria in 1900 through the 1930's. A brief description of each of the sisters lives, as it is currently known, are chronicled here. Professional photographs and snap shots help round out the stories.
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List of Surnames and Locations Contained On This Web Site

This page includes various spellings, vowel variations (with and without accent marks) of the first and last names of the individuals included here, as well as place names that have been important to the family. The hyperlink next to the names of most individuals will take you to their branch of the family tree. At the bottom of each page you will find a search engine for this site so you can seek a specific name, place, or event.

A site map will also be produced for each search. For example, if you use the search engine to find the Finnish city of Oulu, the search engine will list each page on which that name can be found. By clicking on the words "Site Map" at the top of that list you will see a layout of this web site, graphically demonstrating where each of the pages mentioning Oulu fit into the overall web site. Surnames


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Links to Web Pages and Web Rings Dedicated to Genealogy, Scandinavia or the Pacific Northwest

I have found these sites, Links, to be most helpful in my work. Please let me know if you are aware of others, or any links that have expired.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the following people for helping us to set up and then enhance our web page. Without their expertise and guidance we never would have managed to merge onto the internet superhighway :-)

An Anonymous librarian at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, United States
Kaj Borggren, Sweden
Kristina Pernau Berney, United States
Bill Fellman, United States
Paavo Fellman, Deceased
Craig Harmer, United States
Marcia Holstrom, Genealogy Tutor, The Willows, San Jose, California, United States
John Keatley, United States
Sam Kent, United States
Jim Keatley, United States
Joseph Kuehn III, United States
Nancy Keatley Kuehn, United States
Ginni Morey, Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society, California, United States
Liisa Penner, Clatsop County Historical Society, Oregon, United States
Esko Pitkanen, Finland
Frank Poysky, United States
Regina Rask, Finland
Gordon Rowe, United States
J. Sanford, Canada

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This effort is an on-going project, subject to the errors and omissions of all human activities. I gladly receive inquiries, corrections, additions and comments.
Email Jane at poyskyfamily@aol.com

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Introduction to Mitochondrial DNA Mapping and My Research



Website Index


Introduction

Welcome Page: An Overview of this Website
Introduction to Mitochondrial DNA Mapping and My Genealogical Research



History

A Brief History of Finland
Biographic Time Line of John Poysky, Kaisa Greta Poysky, and Sofia Poysky
Sofia Määttä and Johan Pöyskö Familes in Finland, 1600s -- 1830
Sofia Määttä and Johan Pöyskö Familes in Finland, 1830 -- 1891
Elsas and Kaisas in my Family Tree
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1886 -- 1895
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1896 -- 1910
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1911 -- 1920
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1921-- 1930
Adjunct Astoria Finns Information
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1931 -- 1940
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1941 -- 1950
My Family in the Pacific Northwest, 1951 -- 2000



Family Tree Graphics to View on the Computer

Ancestors and Descendents of Hans Forbus (1622 -- 1710)
Ancestors and Descendents of Magdalena Nystedt (1729 --1756) and Johan Kranck (1704 -- 1784)
Children of Katarina Lagus (1728 -- 1782) and Johan Kranck (1704 -- 1784)
Ancestors and Descendents of Antti Määttä (1830 -- 1893) and Elsa Heikkinen (1840 -- 1926)
Parents of Sipi Määttä (1800 -- 1885)
Ancestors of Hans Forbus' First Wife (Name Unknown)
Ancestors of Hans Forbus' Second Wife, Ingeborg Lang (???? -- 1710)
Ancestors and Descendents of Kaisa Greta Kauppi Kontinen (1864 -- 1896)
Ancestors of Johan Pöyskö -- Later Known as John Poysky (1860 -- 1931)



Family Trees in PDF Format for Printing

Ancestors and Descendents of Hans Forbus (1622 -- 1710)
Ancestors and Descendents of Magdalena Nystedt (1729 --1756) and Johan Kranck (1704 -- 1784)
Children of Katarina Lagus (1728 -- 1782) and Johan Kranck (1704 -- 1784)
Ancestors and Descendents of Antti Määttä (1830 -- 1893) and Elsa Heikkinen (1840 -- 1926)
Parents of Sipi Määttä (1800 -- 1885)
Ancestors of Hans Forbus' First Wife (Name Unknown)
Ancestors of Hans Forbus' Second Wife, Ingeborg Lang (???? -- 1710)
Ancestors and Descendents of Kaisa Greta Kauppi Kontinen (1864 -- 1896)
Ancestors of Johan Pöyskö -- Later Known as John Poysky (1860 -- 1931)



Historical and Modern Photos and Maps

Family Photos from 1899 -- 1912
Family Photos from circa 1912 --1925
Family Photos from 1928 -- circa 1935
Family Photos from 1937 -- 1989
Kastel Family Photos, 1890 -- 1950
Historical and Modern Photos of Astoria, Oregon
Historical Maps of Clatsop County and Oregon State
Historical and Modern Maps of Finland and Sweden
Modern Photos of Heikkilä, Finland
Historical Maps of Cowlitz County and Washington State
Historical Maps of Virginia Colony and West Virginia



Navigating This Site, Links, and Contacting the Author

Surnames and Locations Found on this Site
Links and Web Rings
Search this Site and Site Map
Email Me



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Music: Jean Sibelius' Finlandia from Sibelius: Works for a Mixed Choir a capella (BIS CD-825) with the Jubilate Choir, Astrid Riska, conductor


Finlandia

Finland, behold, thy daylight now is dawning,
the threat of night has now been driven away.
The skylark calls across the light of morning,
the blue of heaven lets it have its way,
and now the day the powers of night is scorning:
thy daylight dawns, O Finland of ours!

Finland, arise, and raise towards the highest
thy head now crowned with mighty memory.
Finland, arise, for to the world thou criest
that thou hast thrown off thy slavery,
beneath oppression´s yoke thou never liest.
Thy morning´s come, O Finland of ours!


(This translation of Koskenniemi´s text is by Keith Bosley. It is included in Bosley´s superb anthology "Skating On the Sea - Poetry from Finland" published by Bloodaxe Books - (ISBN: 1 85224 388 0) and in Finland in co-operation with the Finnish Literature Society.)