Information about the Åland island emigration database:

Emigration lists compiled from information from the newspaper Åland in the time period 1892-1985. The database contains approximately 1 900 records, more will be added continously. The work is conducted at The Åland Islands' Emigrant Institute in Mariehamn.

The wave of emigration from Åland peaked between the years 1893 - 1924 when some 7200 or roughly 1/4 of the Åland population claimed passports. All passport holders did not emigrate. The statistical calculations are made difficult by the fact that many returning emigrants left for new travels and thus occur more than once on the lists. On the other hand there was also a considerable amount of unofficial emigration by sailors who jumped ship in foreign harbors, and by individuals who emigrated from a country other than Finland. The great America-emigration during the decades around 1900 is the most remarkable Åland migration movement in modern times.



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