Vörå Emigration Center

Registration number 20100506C

This certifies that the heraldic arms of the Vörå Emigration Center are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Gules, a ship under sail, on a chief Or a bear's gamb erased lying fesswise between two crosses bottony Gules.

Organization description

The Vörå Emigration Center in Finland was founded, and is run, by members of the Genealogical and Heritage Researchers, Vörå. In 1990, due in large part to the efforts of chairman, John Långs, funds were solicited from various sources, including the Swedish Cultural Fund, the Ministry of Education, and the Finnish Parliament. With these funds, the Genealogical and Heritage Researchers, Vörå purchased an old bank building to be used as a cultural center, now called the Kulturhuset i Vörå. Thousands of documents and other historical items are stored in the old bank vault.

In 1999, the Genealogical Society in Vörå applied for, and received, European Union Leader funding, and developed the Vörå Emigration Center, administered from Kulturhuset.

Today, the research services and language assistance are provided by members of the local Genealogical Society, all of whom work on a volunteer basis. Both the Genealogical Society and the Emigration Center are non-profit organizations.

The Emigration Center in rural Vörå parish is a unique place. It plays an important role in preserving the cultural heritage of the region. It is of great value not only to local residents and other Finns, but to all persons with ancestral ties to Finland.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Organization, Genealogy, FI, V

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