I'm still on the search for the family of Alfred (?) Runquist. born 2/4/1888 Oravais Finland. Died 1941 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. He must of appeared out of thin air!? I listed as much as I know on his profile. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Possible spelling of the surname is Runquist, Rundquist, Ronnqvist, Ronqvist, Rongqvist. I found a passenger in 1907 on the Cedric and wonder if anyone can help confirm or deny if this was my grandfather."New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXN2-146 : 6 December 2014), Alfred Rongvist, 14 May 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Minnesota has many Runquist's and Rundquist families. Most say they immigrated from Sweden. Many were living very close to Alfred during his lifetime. A lot of spellings of the Rundquist/Runquist surname, which makes my searching all the more difficult and frustrating. I found a new spelling recently in Wisconsin as Rundquest. The trend is they changed from first middle and 2nd middle names on census records and moved a lot. I noticed many of these families including my own passed away from similar unfortunate circumstances of stomach, pancreatic, intestinal cancers.
My mother's family say he had a disagreement with family and walked away to never look back? Or did he? His 1918 life insurance papers from the veterans affairs claims "self" for his beneficiary. I'm not getting any younger and it would be a blessing to solve my mysterious (stubborn) grandfather. Who was he? What or who was he hiding from?
I also found this http://hiski.genealogia.fi/hiski/7iffng it was no help. I don't know what question to ask if I'm questioning his real name his birth date and place. I did order a DNA test, maybe that will give me some answers or will it?