Julia Ricci

certificate of citizenship
certificate of citizenship

The early 1990s all my family back to the day they came to this country from Finland, Italy, and poland.  My family came here in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  My great- grandparents on my grandfather’s side emigrated to the United States over 105 years ago. They first emigrated to Canada in 1913 and then emigrated to the United States in 1916.  My great-grandfather, Alfred Nihtila, was born on June 4, 1891 and was 25 years old when he came to America. From Finland, he emigrated to La Tuque in Quebec City, Canada in 1913.    From there he entered the United States in St. Albans, Vermont on April 13, 1916.  He went to live in Quincy Massachusetts where he met his wife Lempi Ruohosto from Finland, too.  They married in 1918 and moved to Holbrook where Alfred purchased land and built the home they were to live in and raise a family.In 1932, Alfred became a United States citizen.  Our family has cherished this very important event and still has the original Certificate of Citizenship. The house he built is the house my grandparents currently live in.  Alfred lived in the house first and then gave the house to his only child Sulo so he could raise his family in it.  When my grandfather, Robert, got married in 1965, he was given the house to raise his family in it.   The house address used to be Off Weymouth Street but the street which is actually a lane is owned by my grandparents.  In the 1970s, my grandparents decided to add a name to the lane.  They named it Nihtila Lane

Place(s): Finland

– JR

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more