She Found a Cousin Presumed Dead for 30 Years — Alive

She Found a Cousin Presumed Dead for 30 Years — Alive

MyHeritage user Minka Kainulainen, 29, of Finland, solved a decades-old mystery thanks to a record she found on MyHeritage: she uncovered the fate of a cousin of her mother’s, believed to have died under unknown circumstances 30 years ago… and to her shock, discovered that he is still alive!

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Minka母亲的表弟Jari在20世纪60年代初随家人从萨沃林纳搬到巴哈马群岛,当时他还不到3岁。世界杯东道主2022搬迁的原因尚不清楚,在20世纪80年代的某个时候,这对芬兰亲戚收到了贾里去世的消息。然而,没有人知道这是在何时何地发生的。也没有关于他死因的信息。20世纪80年代初,贾里20多岁,他的亲戚们听到他如此突然、如此年轻地去世,都感到惊讶和悲伤。

Minka had to know: what happened to Jari?

Minka dives into the research

Minka started researching her family history on MyHeritage in 2016. There are currently 1259 people in her family tree, and she has several mysteries to solve.

Minka’s mother was born in the 1970s and had never met her cousin — she had only seen pictures of him.

During her research, Minka stumbled across some information about Jari: a record of his arrival in New York.

Jari’s travel record

Jari’s travel record

While searching MyHeritage’s historical data collections, Minka also found information about Jari’s marriage in Florida in 1988.

Jari Pekka Kainulainen and Frances Carol Coniglio/Donley from MyHeritage's Florida, Marriages, 1970–1999 collection

Jari Pekka Kainulainen and Frances Carol Coniglio/Donley from MyHeritage’s Florida, Marriages, 1970–1999 collection

这给明卡提供了两条重要信息,更重要的是,其中至少有一件事发生在他所谓的死亡之后。

Perhaps the information Minka’s family had been given was not entirely accurate?

Social media helps solve the mystery

接下来,Minka决定在Facebook上查找Jari的配偶。她找到了一个和她同名的女人,在她的朋友名单中,有一个姓凯努莱宁的年轻女人。

Minka sent the woman a message in English asking about her identity, where she got her last name, and if she might know Jari Kainulais.

大约一小时后,明卡收到了答复:贾里是这个年轻女人的父亲。明卡对他的去世表示哀悼。

And then Jari’s daughter gave her incredible news: her father was actually still alive.

Minka told Jari’s daughter that her family had been looking for him for many years. Jari’s uncle had even contacted the creators of a TV program in Finland that helps search for lost family members, but nothing came of it.

“Jari’s daughter was so surprised to hear from me, because she had thought that her father had no relatives in Finland,” says Minka. “It turned out that Jari’s parents had divorced shortly after moving to the Bahamas, and his father had returned to Finland. Jari had heard from his mother that his father had died shortly after his return to Finland, and that there are no other relatives in Finland.”

Minka says that her cousin Jari’s life was turned upside down by the new information. “He is grateful that he has family in Finland and that we have been looking for him,” she says. “My own mother and other relatives are amazed that Jari has been found, because they had believed him to be dead.”

One discovery leads to another

Of course, the discovery has inspired Minka, and now, with the help of a Facebook group and a DNA test, Minka has also found a great-aunt who nobody in her family had known about.

目前,明卡正试图解开她曾曾祖父的谜团。她的第三个曾祖父可能是一名乌克兰水手,除了一张照片背面模糊地写着的名字之外,我们对他一无所知。

Photo of Minka's great-great-grandfather with inscription on the back

Photo of Minka’s great-great-grandfather with inscription on the back

Many thanks to Minka for sharing her amazing story!

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