Born in Illinois, grew up in Vermont, spent years in New Hampshire and now stuck in the Kansas City area of the USA. Simplistically, I'm German, Irish and Scandinavian. My day job is as a clinical data manager which means I spend a lot of time in databases and spreadsheets assisting with the research process for new pharmaceutical products (drugs, biologics or medical devices).
April 2018 I started pursuing a more robust genealogy tree and studying up on how the DNA data my Dad, brother and I have collected can aid in my and my brother's research. Virtually all DNA matches we receive are 4th - Distant Cousins.
In my world, KEIL rhymes with "smile", not "steal". Just FYI.
Things I'm Working on at WikiTree
Building my Tree, obviously! My immediate family is small and few genetically related to me have tested their DNA, so it's time for "WikiTree to the Rescue"! Maybe if I keep at this enough, in Ancestry dot com speak, I'll eventually end up in one "circle".
Learning. I've been an Ancestry dot com user for years, but only starting 2Q 2018 became more serious about truly making some progress with this hobby. I've learned a lot about especially genetic genealogy in a relatively short amount of time, but I have much more left to learn. I'm also unversed regarding the other tools out there to help, though have discovered GEDmatch and DNA Painter. RootsMagic is also a recent discovery but I've barely done more than install it and import data a couple of times as a test. My first impression is it is a great tool for troubleshooting and QCing one's tree.
Studying surnames. I've started One Name Study projects for KEIL, GAUGHAN, LOMBECK and SIGNOR, the surnames of my 4 grandparents.
Studying mtDNA. I've started a Space Page for my mtDNA haplogrup Z1a. I tested as Z1a1a.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a Family Finder test match between Susan Keil and her father. A total of 3,383 cM are shared.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by a Family Finder test match between Susan Keil and her brother. Their MRCAs are their parents, Patricia Gaughan and Living Keil. Predicted relationship from FTDNA: Full Brother, based on sharing 2,603 cM across 46 segments.
First-hand information edited by Susan at liberty.
I've been learning and working a lot with my and my Dad's DNA matches on all the platforms I can find. I'm eager to learn more and possibly help others navigate this interesting, addicting area of genealogy.
I love using DNA Painter. They just added a subscriber ($) update so you can upload ALL of your matches from a testing company or GEDmatch to compare your match representation among the different platforms. Pretty cool!
My GAUGHANs are most recently from Chicago, IL and Scranton, PA and before that County Mayo, For the males, more times than not, their given name is John. Please consider joining the One Name Study I started for the Gaughans.
My maternal grandfather's line is from County Mayo and I suspect other counties in Ireland are involved through other matches living in the USA. Ireland genealogy is difficult for a variety of reasons and often (once traced to Ireland from the emigrant country) presents as one large brick wall. I'd like to learn from others in this project as when time/energy permits, I'd like to try to conquer parts of The Wall.
My KEILs appear to be from Czechia from ~1902 and prior. I'm interested in collaborating with anyone researching this surname and to that end have started a One Name Study for all the KEILs and Friends.
My mtDNA is the currently supposedly uncommon Z1a1a. I'd love to connect with others who share this haplogroup as we figure out how knowing our mtDNA can benefit our genealogy research. Please see the Space Page I started as a gathering place for this purpose.
Susan Keil's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Susan or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup Z1a1a, FTDNA kit #392046
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Susan:
Thank YOU Susan for making the profile of such a great author! Yours is the only one that came up when I searched but I will look further into it, thanks again Susan! Edit: Well it looks like yours is the only one! I searched for all the variations of names off of wikipedia and nothing showed up. I don't know how to add notable stickers to profiles, only categories. Edit: found the notables sticker
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