I hope that some kind soul can help my wife with some of her ancestors.
There is a marriage in Hull, 1876 of
Petter Oestman (36) son of Franz Oestman (farmer and deceased) with
Helena Sofia Hermansson (27) daughter of Jacob Hermansson (seaman and
The 1881 UK Census gives Petter as being Swedish and Helena as Finnish.
From the Hiski site I think I have found details of Helena's parents
who seem to have come from Kokkola, Finland. At the time of Helena's
birth this area of Finland was predominantly Swedish speaking. Now come
1. Could Petter have actually been born in Finland and yet thought of
himself as Swedish?
2. Are there any other spellings of Oestman that I could search for to
find information for him? In Hull he eventually called himself
3. If anyone has access to Swedish records that could help pin down
Petter I would be grateful.