Susan Keil
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Susan Keil

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Signed 30 Jul 2018 | 12611 contributions | 329 thank-yous
Susan M. Keil
Born 1960s.
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Daughter of [private father (1930s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1930s - 2000s)] DNA confirmed
Sister of [private brother (1970s - unknown)]
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Susan Keil has German Roots .
Susan Keil has Irish ancestors.
Swedish Roots
Susan Keil has Swedish ancestors
Susan Keil is participating with Legacy Heirs during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon.
Susan Keil is participating with Flying Dutchmen during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon.

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".

Things I'm Working on at WikiTree

Learning, especially genetic genealogy

  • I've been an Ancestry dot com user for many 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, especially Z1a

  • I've started a Space Page for my mtDNA haplogroup Z1a. I tested as Z1a1a.

Miscellaneous data cleaning tasks

Connecting profiles unconnected to The Tree

2020 Connect-a-Thon: Connected Larry Kiel with this merge.

Notables Connected

Hiram Berdan 1824-1893: Merge proposed to Julia Cutler 13Jul2019 (during WT's first annual Connect-a-Thon in 2019). Hiram was a U.S. Sharpshooter, served as Major General in the American Civil War, and was an inventor. His best known invention is of the Berdan rifle which was very popular with the Russian Army 1869-1891.
Mildred Leona Batchelder 1901-1998: 20Sep2019. Mildred is considered among the 100 most important 20th century leaders according to American Libraries. She was a pioneer advocate of ensuring books from across the globe were available to children in their own language.

Genealogy & Related Resources I Like (in addition to WikiTree!)

DNA Confirmation Statements

  • 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.

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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:
  • Susan Keil: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup Z1a1a, FTDNA kit #392046
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Susan:

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Thank you for being a part of Legacy Heirs. I am truly blessed by being on this team. Hope to see you with me in July for the Connect-A-Thon.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Welcome all the wonderful, Legacy Heirs. I am so blessed to be in this team with you. Tomorrow (Friday) 8 am Eastern US and 5 am Pacific US. All other locations and time zones are at the equivalent time. I look forward to seeing you there, when you can be there.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi Susan,

Thanks for taking responsibility for the Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention adopted profiles will sometimes need from their profile managers. One quick way to find the profiles you adopted is by searching your Contributions List for the word "adopted" and "manager." You can find a quick link to your Contributions List in the My WikiTree dropdown menu.

If any of the profiles need GEDCOM cleanup, the AGC tool can help with formatting so that you can concentrate on the research. You can read more about it in the WikiTree AGC FAQ.

Let me know if you have any questions cleaning up GEDCOM biographies or interpreting the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Hun,

Registration started today for the Spring Clean-A-Thon.The cleaning will start on Friday, April 23, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 26, at 8 AM (EDT). If you can and will be joining us, let us now. You must register first, If you have not please go here: and answer that you will be there and want to be on Legacy Heirs.

Our team Chat is here:

Hope to see you!!

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thanks for the reminder, Lisa! I've registered!
posted by Susan Keil
posted by Karen Lowe
Hi Karen, Thank you for asking. Are you talking about a category for WikiTree users who also edit on Wikipedia and/or WikiData? I think that might be useful if we wish to have a tighter and/or cleaner link/understanding among the different Wikis.
posted by Susan Keil
Hi, Susan!

Thank you for your participation in October 2020’s Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hey Hun,

Thank you for being on Team Legacy Heirs for the source-a-thon. I hope we will have you join the team again for the next thon.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Yes, your team is my team for this 'Thon!
posted by Susan Keil
Hi Hun,

Just a quick reminder, this Friday starts the Source-A-Thon. Looking forward to seeing you there as much or as little as you can join us.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hey hun,

Source-A-Thon is coming up from October 2 - 5th. Would love to have you on the team. Go here:

and register then the chat is at:

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hello, Susan!

Thanks for the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree over the weekend. I hope you’ll join us for the Source-a-thon this fall.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you for being on the Legacy Heirs team for the 2020 Connect A Thon!
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
You are very welcome! :) Thank you for facilitating. I connected my one that I set out to connect, so am happy. (Still have some clean-up to do surrounding the trail, though.) I connected Kiel-65 ... no relation to me ... "we" spell it the "right" way. LOL.
posted by Susan Keil
Hello Susan ~

I am helping Lisa from Legacy Heirs out for the Connect-a-Thon 2020. We start the day after tomorrow, Friday, July 17th, at 8:00 AM (EDT). Our link at G2G is over here at:

Registration ends today if you know anyone who wants to join our team.

Looking forward to your participation again and thank you.

posted by Maggie N.
Hi Susan,

After a great Liberation day challenge, the Connect-a-Thon is coming up, it will take place from Friday 17 July 2020-Monday 20 July 2020) so everyone is invited to join the Flying Dutchmen Team - Vliegende let's all hop on the boat (teampage) ;) again and have some fun together. Don't forget to first register here (you can register until wednesday 15 july) and let them know you're going to rock the Flying Dutchmen (women) - Vliegende Hollanders boat ..and here's our connect-a-thon chat.

Hope to see you soon,

Bea and Astrid x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Susan, I sent you a message a week ago and hadn't heard back. Sometimes they go to spam. If you don't see the message, please let me know and I'll resend. Thanks! Emma~~Adoption Angels
Thanks, Emma! I have more unread emails than I care to admit! I'm very busy these days at work. I did send an email reply just now. Please let me know if you don't see it.
posted by Susan Keil
Thanks for being awesome Susan !

A big thank you for the fun we had and all your wonderful work during the Clean-a-Thon 2020

team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Thank you, Bea, but I was unfortunately otherwise occupied during this Thon and did not contribute a bit. That is so unlike me. May I join you again in the future and pull my weight!
posted by Susan Keil
Interested in knowing your connection to the Cassirer Family. My maternal great grandmother was Jenny Cassirer, born in Gogolin Silesia Germany in 1859, daughter of Salomon Cassirer. Looking for any surviving relatives.
posted by Steven Bennett

Thank you for your most recent reply! Appreciate what you said very much.

PS: Good luck on the Fall "Source A Thon" tomorrow!!

posted by Dorothy Barry
Hi Susan, I noticed you chose our Integrators Challenge this month (October). *Could you do us a favor and go here to sign up officially at

 And if you can please add your question that you will be working on or the profile marked "needs profiles created" for the challenge. Thanks.  Got a question, see this page as well:  . Also, you can put a sticker on your profile You can do so by adding the words Integrators Challenge with the {{ }} in front and back, in your biography.

Thank you and Good Luck!! Dorothy,  Integrators Project Coordinator

posted by Dorothy Barry
Susan, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Good catch. Since FindAGrave is currently my source for death, I have matched that.

Susan, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hey hun,

Registration has begun for the Source-A-Thon. We would love to have you remain on the Legacy Heirs. Here are our links.

Chat page:

Space Page:

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Re: Keil-344

I'm not certain of anything, as I'm still rather new to all this, but it is nice to see some of the dots being connected! Thanks for your efforts, Susan.

posted by Martin Keil
Hi Susan. Yeah, I don't think I've run into anyone I actually know here either. I get amused when I see your name come up as it seems we would be unlikely to connect on the tree. But I am checking out the DNA Painter now.
posted by LaMyra Morton
Hi Susan!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 (actually, over 1200!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard