There are just a few photographs of my Great Grandfather Yliniemi. I have just two. All with other people.
One year a cousin did a drawing from one of the photos. My parents have a copy… I scanned it a number of years ago.
Isak died in 1932, my father would have been 6 years old.
Death Certificates are only as good as the people that are giving information. Notice he has a wife but she is unnamed. His father is listed as Iisaki most likely this is his Godfather Iisak Ollinpoika Yliniemi (no relation.) I believe his father to be Juho Mattias Ala known as Matti. His mother is listed at Liisa ( Liisa-Greeta). They were not married.
Everything is complicated. In the Finnish State Church communion is required. Therefore a public repentance of adultery was needed before either Matti or Liisa could take communion. She repented publicly twice (two children), Matti did not repent and the last time he took communion was in 1856. To further complicate things records are in Swedish because Finland was under Swedish rule.
Juho Mattias Ala was born January 4, 1825 in Kittila Finland, his father was Olli Ala who was born in 1792. Olli moved to Norway with his children and Matti was separated from the family. Matti was in Finland in 1841 and was employed as a farm hand by Liisa-Greeta until 1862. He fathered at least two children with her…Isak born in 1857 and Greta Matilda born about 1853. It is believed that Matti Ala came to America ( something to research someday.)
My Great Grandfather Isak died of a Cerebral Hemorrhage on December 8, 1932 at the age of 75. He most likely died at his home in Toad Lake Township. I have not located an obituary. ( Something else to put on the list.) He is buried in Pickerel Lake Cemetery. I am not certain that there is a headstone.