I believe that the Joa name that I am researching is Norwegian in origin, being a regional name for the island or village of Joa in the Fosnes municipality (Nord-Trøndelag County).
That being said, I am searching for information about the family of ARNE JOA, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1950s (that's 20th century... 1950s). He made his way to the U.S. as a "workaway" (someone that works on a ship for passage) and arrived in several ports on the east and west coasts of the U.S. between 1950-1952, before settling on the west coast.
Arne first signed on as a workaway on a merchant ship (the Norwegian MS Corona) at Haugesund, Norway on 18 Oct 1949.
ARNE JOA was born 11 Jun 1932 in Norway. I will appreciate input from anyone who may have an idea about where I should begin to search and how to go about it.