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The Clans of Couture, Kaiponen & Moilanen

Updated December 8, 2012

Rosemary T. Couture

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My distant ancestors originated from France to Quebec and from Finland to upper Michigan...this is how my family came to be.

My parents are Emmanuel COUTURE and Eleanore KAIPONEN of Michigan. My grandmother was born a MOILANEN.

I've been able to trace quite a bit of my father's father ancestry. I thank Robert Simoneau, Albert Riezebos, Diane Couture (in Quebec) very, very much for their generous help in providing information on my father's ancestry!

I am also pursuing ancestry data on my mother's side (KAIPONEN, MOILANEN and HUOVINEN names). Inkeri Kaiponen, Pirjo Skytten, Mikko, Lilja and Vain÷ Moilanen from Finland have helped me a great deal and I thank them very very much!

I continue to research both family lines. If you think you have a family connection, please write me at my email address:

Thanks for looking in and offering any assistance. Good Luck on your journey to completing your family tree!


Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
Author -Unknown

"We genealogists are the storytellers of our tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: 'Tell our story.' So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves."

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