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*Where's My Cousin?*
Lee and Carol Silvi jointly presented a program discussing Lee’s search for Finnish relatives, and their trip to Finland to meet these cousins in the summer of 2013.
Lee opened the program by dedicating his presentation to cousin Jouku Juola, who unknowingly accelerated his search and ultimate visit to Lee’s homeland. (Unfortunately Jouku died before their visit.)
Most of Lee’s paternal grandparents were early Finnish settlers to Fairport Harbor, Ohio but all along he knew he had relatives in Finland. Unfortunately as the years wore on his grandparents had not kept in contact with their relatives, so the search started by Carol finding some of the Finnish family relatives in America using public library and LDS Church resources. About a decade or so ago Lee wrote to two cousins in Finland using an old family address book, not knowing if they were even still alive. Quickly cousin Jouku Juola (via his wife Liisa) replied to his letter by sending an email. This, coupled with contacting new-found relatives in Finland via Facebook played a huge role in planning their trip. In fact, thanks to cousin Anitta Liinamaa they did not need to plan much, other than getting to Helsinki, as she translated our wishes into a fully guided twelve day tour of Finland.For more, click HERE