The Filpus family descends from Finnish and Lithuanian immigrants
who came to the United States around the turn of the 20th century.
Here are bits and pieces of their story.
As far as I can determine, there are two Finnish families named
Filpus in the United States. Both immigrated to northern Michigan
around the turn of the twentieth cities. One family settled in
Baraga Michigan and currently has descendants in northern Michigan
and Indiana. The other family are the descendants of Olaf and
Brita Filpus in Simo Finland.
Olaf and Brita had eleven children. Of those, seven immigrated to the United States. Of those, five were daughters, Ida, Maria, Brita, Henricka, Anna and Alma. They married Finns in the United States and have spread the Filpus genes through the county but not the name. The sons, Uno Konstant and Nils, married and had families in the United States. However, Nils Filpus emigrated to the Soviet Union and disappeared in a Stalinist purge. This leaves the Uno Konstant line as the only son to carry on the Filpus name.
Uno Konstant had two sons, Uno Waldmar and Waino and one daughter, Lillian. Lillian married and raised a family. Waino had no children, leaving Uno Waldemar to carry on the Filpus name.
Uno Waldemar had one son, Uno Wallace and two daughters. Both daughters married and raised families. Uno Wallace had four sons. Of the four sons, only one had sons to carry on the family name.
Olaf Filpus has many descendants in the United States. There are thirty-two great-grandchildren, thirty great-great-grandchildren and five great-great-great-grandchildren, according to my latest data. Only two can carry on the Filpus name. There have been several generations where there was only one carrying on the Filpus name. It could die out easily, but has survived so far.
When I started genealogy, I treated it like any collecting hobby.
But then I found people in my family linked to real historic
events. It was eye opening. Some of these historic leaves on my
family tree are on the Historic Leaves
This is the family church. For three generations, all baptisms,
marriages and funerals were performed here.
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