The research service

To complement the information retrieval of the online version, researchers can use the Windows based Katiha program in the Provincial Archives of Mikkeli. All information that has been entered into the Karjala database to date, from the late 1600s up to the year 1950, is available via the so-called Katiha computers in the research room of the archives.

Using the program Katiha (as well as its online version), you can search for information for use both in genealogy and in other population history research, since you also can search for people based on their place of residence or occupation. You can also view the search results by volume, i.e. search for any information about a person that can be found in a certain volume.

You can also order directories, accounts and records of the entered information from the Karjala database. Additionally, small programming projects can be done on the basis of the research questions. The staff at the Karjala Database Foundation is happy to assist you with resolving problems regarding research in families from the east of Finland and with mapping the source material.

Historical material in the database which is more than 100 years old, can also be found on the website of the Genealogy Society of Finland.


Research topics

Examples of research topics where the Karjala database can be used as a source:

1. Name Stocks Research

2. Migration

3. Social History

4. Population History Research

5. Personal History

Depending on the research topic, records such as; court records, tax records, maps, etc. can be good research material in addition to the parish church books´ information on the population. The Provincial Archives in Mikkeli offer many good research sources, including municipal archives of the ceded areas.


Price list of services

Independent use of the information (including a short tutorial) is free of charge to all researchers. The following prices may however, apply for information:

Service Price Note
Katiha tutoring 30 euros/h tutorial
Information retrieval 40 euros/h search service for family information
Genealogy 50 euros/h information on past/future generations
Extra service by agreement custom work order

Katiha person search

The Karjala-data base was opened to the public on 11.3.2004 in Mikkeli, when the Katiha person search program was made public in the Municipal Archives of Mikkeli. Since then, researchers can reserve usage time from the Municipal Archives to the computer where the Karjala database is installed. The use of the information is free of charge if the researcher is able to use the database without help. Niko Kainulainen programmed the Katiha person search software.