Thomas Koehnline
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Thomas Koehnline

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Signed 8 Apr 2018 | 33,050 contributions | 899 thank-yous | 1,505 connections
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Thomas L. Koehnline
Ancestors ancestors
Child of [private father (1950s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1960s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sibling of [private sister (2000s - 2000s)] and [private sister (2000s - 2000s)]
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Profile last modified | Created 8 Apr 2018
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This user is a native speaker of English.
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Norwegian Roots
Thomas Koehnline has Norwegian ancestors
Thomas Koehnline has German Roots.
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Thomas Koehnline has Irish ancestors.
Thomas Koehnline has Czech Roots.
Thomas Koehnline has Slovak Roots.
Thomas Koehnline has Slavic Roots.
Thomas Koehnline has an interest in Clan Munro, part of the Scottish Clans Project.
Thomas Koehnline is a Washingtonian.
Thomas Koehnline participated with Nordic Noir during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1,031 suggestions.
Thomas Koehnline participated with Nordic Noir during the 2021 Connect-a-Thon, and added 466 connections.

Note: I've decided to write informally & in the first person at this time; I may write a full, formal biography at a later date.

Name & Pronunciation

My name is Thomas Llewellyn Koehnline, which is pronounced in IPA as /ˈtɒ.məs ɬə'wɛlɪn 'kɛnlaɪ̯n/. Some people call me Tom, & I usually cite myself & sign corresponcence as T.L. Koehnline; truthfully, I have no preference between Thomas, Tom & T.L. as to what people call me, though the vast majority of people who know me call me Thomas. For those who don't know IPA, my middle name, taken from my 2nd-great-grandfather, is pronounced with the initial Welsh Ll, which represents what linguists call a voiceless alveolar lateral fricative, a sound not found in English, which I won't explain how to articulate right here (but perhaps I, or someone, could create a proper IPA guide here on WikiTree so that we can improve upon people's pronunciations of names). My surname has been Anglicized in both spelling & pronunciation; I used to alternate between the original German pronunciation & the American one, but, for various reasons, I now only use the American pronunciation, which, again for those who don't know IPA, is equivalent to "KEN-line." This is the preferred pronunciation, though I'm never going to actually be annoyed or offended by anyone mispronouncing my name.

Background & Goals

(Writing done as of April 2021) I've been doing genealogical research since around 2011/2012, having first been inspired to do so by the passing of my great-grandmother & then my grandmother around that time. The majority of my work is located on Ancestry, though I've been working to change that, moving much of the research I've done on both my family tree & others' to this platform. I first joined WikiTree in 2018, but didn't really become a fully-active member until Jan/Feb 2021.

Currently, I'm focusing on improving the profiles of my direct ancestors; I'm systematically making my way through the more recent generations, separating the branches of my tree by each of my grandparents. I'm adding photos for many of these profiles, but what I've uploaded is far from all the photos I have. I'll add more when I get around to them, or if they're relevant to the 52 Weeks of Photos Challenge. I have other trees I intend to work on, in addition to multiple projects I am a member of & intend to contribute to, as well as some genealogical translation/indexing projects I may use to add profiles here on WikiTree at some point in the future.

Outside of genealogy, I'm a student of linguistics, in addition to being an amateur musicologist with a major interest in folk traditions from various parts of the world; I'm a violinist myself.

Here are a list of particular names related to my family that I'd be interested in communicating regarding (I will order & format this list better at a later time): Koehnline/Koehnlein/Köhnlein, Maÿlein, Klemm, Fuchs, Monroe (descendants of Clan Munro), McCutcheon/McCutchin, Gentry, Hechler/Heckler, Dillard, Spindle, Franck/Frank (of Czech Bohemian heritage), Klecker, Kovařik, Dobiaš, Makovszkÿ, Dietz, Brüning, Tengesdal, Vidvei, Ramsjord, Lindeland, Flåtnes, Hagastuen, Krogsgaard, Anda, Njå, Mossige, Jones, Walworth, Perry, Atwood, Schryver, Griffin & Langdon/Heckey/Clancey.


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  • DNA Matches at parental levels have been shown between Koehnline-1 & both parents.

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Thomas or other carriers of their ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Thomas Koehnline: Y-Chromosome Test, haplogroup J-L26
  • William Koehnline Find Relationship : Y-Chromosome Test, haplogroup J-L26
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Thomas Koehnline: Mitochondrial DNA Test, haplogroup I2
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Thomas:

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Good day, Thomas. Thankyou for adding the son James to Tamer Massey Bazill's profile. According to Wikitree Relationship Finder, Albertus Robert Casimir Jung and Thomas Koehnline are 10th cousins three times removed, both being descendants of Richard Norman (bef.1582-aft.1653). Your family tree profiles look impressively well-researched and composed; I like that you use the correct historic German place names as birth- and death-place. Regards, Albertus
Hi Thomas -thank you for being a member of the Jewish Roots Project! I wanted to let you know about some new things we have going on.

- You can see new tabs at the top of our home page, where you can select topics to view or work on. You can also use our new maintenance categories - feel free to add them to your own family, or any other Jewish Roots profile, or work on the maintenance yourself, such as adding new records to profiles with only a couple sources.

-I'm sending an invitation to join GoogleGroups, which we are re-starting this week. We'll probably do most group chat there, but the most important things will be posted on G2G, which you will be notified about if you follow the jewish_roots tag.

-You can also join Wikitree's discord server, where we have a Jewish Roots chat channel.

-If you have ideas or suggestions for the project, feel free to reply here or send me a message.

Thank you! -Elaine, co-leader for Jewish Roots Project

Dear Germany Project member,

it's annual check-in time 2023. If you still wish to remain a member of the Germany Project, please reply to this post, by stating this intention. If we don’t hear from you in the next 30 days, your membership badge will be removed. In this case please don't be offended ... you're welcome to rejoin at any time. Please also note, that in order to receive help, with researching your German ancestors, membership is not mandatory. Just ask your questions in the G2G forum and tag them with Germany in order for knowledgeable people to see them.

If you wish to remain a member, we would like to learn more about your perception of the Germany Project in order to achieve a future development according to our members needs and wishes. For this, we created a survey, which we kindly ask you to fill-in.

In case you want to communicate, discuss and receive help about WikiTree in German, you might want to check out the WikiTree category at Compgen’s Discourse as well as the German Discord server Ahnenforschung.

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Kind regards from Black Forest

Flo (Project Coordinator Research/Resources)
posted by Florian Straub
Hey Flo-

I'm still around, & would love to remain a member. I'll fill out the survey a little later. Best, TLK

posted by Thomas Koehnline
Hi Thomas, could you please get in contact with me either through pm or discord? Thanks!
posted by Maggie Andersson
Hello Thomas,

Unfortunately in 2016 when I joined WikiTree, I added some family Norwegian profiles without adding a source. I am wondering if someone in your Norwegian source team would do me the favor of adding sources to the following profiles:

Thank you, I would surely appreciate your assistance.

Hello Cheryl,

I stumbled over Thomas' profile, and I saw this post. I will ask someone on the team to take a look at them.

Thank you!

Missy Co-Leader, Nordic Project

posted by Missy Berryann

I would like to learn more about the "SS Ems (1884)" category that you added to this profile: Emilie Wilhelmine Margarethe (Heuss) Bruckmann (1847-1930)

It seems to be for the ship she sailed on when she immigrated.

Thank you, Anna

posted by Anna Zara
Hi Anna-

Sorry I didn't get back to you more quickly. You are correct that the category in question was for the ship that Emilie Wilhelmine Margarethe sailed aboard. The passenger ship categories exist to be able to group & organize individuals who were passengers or crew on specific ships, as well as providing links to further information about the ships & conditions under which people would have traveled, with the ultimate goal, to my understanding, being to have specific subcategories for each transatlantic voyage that the ship made, though there aren't quite enough profiles for that at this time. As to why I added the category to your specific profile, I was searching around the site for profiles that mentioned the Ems, & Emilie was one of the ones that popped up.

Best regards,

T.L. Koehnline

posted by Thomas Koehnline
edited by Thomas Koehnline
Congratulations on that new blue badge Thomas! We're glad to have you!
posted by SJ Baty
Thank you, SJ! I'm very happy to be involved, & to be able to continue working with WikiTree in the new role.
posted by Thomas Koehnline
Hi Thomas,

I see that you've worked on at least one profile of a family member of Chief Seattle. We're seeking to strengthen the profiles of Seattle and his family and wonder if you can advise us. Thanks.

posted by Jillaine Smith
More than happy to help, since I've been getting a lot of work in with the relevant sources for his descendants- I'm just about to leave for work, so I can't write up all my thoughts immediately, but I should be able to a little later today
posted by Thomas Koehnline

The Germany Project Leaders are doing their semi-annual check-in with all project members and we want to verify that you’re still interested in being a member of the Project. Please respond by private message and let me know.

Are you currently working with one of our Sub-projects or Teams? If not, take a look at our main Project page for a full list.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Thomas,

It's Thon time! The Source-a-Thon will be held from 1-4 Oct 2021 and the last day to register is 29 Sept. As you are on the Germany Project's Sourcerers team, we could really use your help sourcing German profiles (or any other profiles you'd like to source). Do you want to participate with the Germany Genies in this Thon? If so, use this link to get to the G2G sign up post. Click the "answer" link at the bottom of the post and, when the answer box pops up, mention that you want to be on the Germany Genies team.

See our Team page for more info: Germany Genies.

Best regards, Traci

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hey, Traci! Thanks for checking in- I will be doing what I can for the upcoming Thon, though I'm afraid I've already promised my efforts to Team Nordic Noir, but maybe next time 'round I'll switch things up. Best of luck to the Genies!

All the best, T.L.

posted by Thomas Koehnline
Thanks for responding Thomas. Best of luck back at you!
posted by Traci Thiessen
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
We are 8th cousins once removed on my father's side.
posted by Angie (Gilliam) McCall
Again, a big thank you for providing the translation Yiddish to English on the back of a prospective relative. You went out of your way on this one. Thanks again.

Bill Herzig

posted by Bill Herzig
It was my pleasure, Bill, & I'm glad it's been so well-appreciated! Sorry for taking my time to respond, I've been busy in recent weeks

Best regards, T.L.

posted by Thomas Koehnline
So I see we are 12th cousins once removed so glad to see the projects you are working on and see if I can connect to them. Good job!
Hello 8th cousin 4X removed! Always fun to connect.
posted by Dan Rooney
Hey, we're 11th cousins 1x removed via my McKim-Clementson side. Looks like our passion for genealogy runs in our blood! :)
posted by Danielle Sullivan
Great to see we are 10th cousins 2x removed. Enjoyed the interview.
posted by T Stanton
Indeed we are! Glad you enjoyed the interview
posted by Thomas Koehnline
Congs Cuz....A pleasure to meet ~Thomas and David are 13th cousins once removed

Thomas Koehnline and David Morehead are both descendants of Herbert Pelham Sr. (abt.1546-1620).

1. Thomas is the son of [private mother] DNA confirmed 2. [Private] is the daughter of [private mother] DNA confirmed 3. [Private] is the daughter of Dorothy Cathryn (Jones) Jurgensen (1919-2011) DNA confirmed 4. Dorothy is the daughter of LeRoy William Jones (1900-1960) [unknown confidence] 5. LeRoy is the son of Joseph Gates Jones (1873-1935) [unknown confidence] 6. Joseph is the son of Jay William Jones (1840-1910) [unknown confidence] 7. Jay is the son of Abby A (Walworth) Jones (1813-1901) [unknown confidence] 8. Abby is the daughter of George Walworth (1793-1864) [unknown confidence] 9. George is the son of Jesse Walworth (1761-) [unknown confidence] 10. Jesse is the son of James Walworth (1734-abt.1795) [unknown confidence] 11. James is the son of Mary (Avery) Walworth (1695-1739) [confident] 12. Mary is the daughter of Susanna (Palmes) Avery (bef.1662-1747) [unknown confidence] 13. Susanna is the daughter of Anne (Humphrey) Myles (bef.1625-1693) [unknown confidence] 14. Anne is the daughter of Elizabeth (Pelham) Humphrey (1604-1628) [confident] 15. Elizabeth is the daughter of Herbert Pelham Sr. (abt.1546-1620) [confident] This makes Herbert the 13th great grandfather of Thomas.

posted by David Morehead
Great Member of the Week interview, Thomas. Nice to get to know you.
posted by Chris Whitten
Thank you, Chris! Was a pleasure to do it
posted by Thomas Koehnline
Hello Thomas!

Very nice meeting you on the August 11, 2021, WikiTree Livestream! Hope we can collab sometime!

Bradley Dillin (Dillin-65)

posted by [Living Dillin]

The Germany Project Leaders are doing their semi-annual check-in with all project members and we want to verify that you’re still interested in being a member of the Project. Please respond by private message and let me know.

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Are you currently working with one of our Sub-projects or Teams? If not, take a look at our main Project page for a full list. We recently launched a new Profile Improvement Team and are seeking new team members. Let me know if you’re interested.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi! Are you interested in participating in this year's Spring Clean-a-thon on April 23? We would appreciate all the help we can get even if you only have a moment to clear a few errors. If you are interested you can sign up on the following link, let them know you want to be on Team Nordic Noir, formerly Spic-n-Span Scandinavians:

Thank you! Going to sign up momentarily.
posted by Thomas Koehnline
Hi there! My name is Vicky (Freeth) Majewski and I am a WikiTree Mentor.

This is just a courtesy e-mail to see how things are going. Are you enjoying WikiTree so far? Any questions? Any issues?

Feel free to contact me via my profile page. I am happy to help!

Hi Thomas,

You've been a member of WikiTree for about a week so I am checking in to see how it is going. The New Member How-Tos are for you to work at your own pace. If you had time to look, were they helpful?

I'm here to help with questions about how WikiTree works. Just click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page. I'll get back to you by the end of the day.

Debi ~ WikiGreeter

PS If you get a "Page Not Found" error when clicking WikiTree email links, you can often find a working version in the public comments on your profile.

PPS Did you discover that the tags on your profile are clickable links to a page of other people who have that tag? You can add more, up to 20 total.

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Thomas

Just a brief word on your tags. Tags work best as single words, you first tag includes two different ways of spelling



Should be two tags for best results.

Your last tag has several words and these are linked correctly with an underscore however it appears to be several place names, again they will make better connection into the community as separate tags

Follow this link to get to your Tags:  editing your tags you can add new ones here then delete the original

Hope this suggestion helps you make the links you are looking for. Happy tree building

Janet WikiTree Greeter

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Thanks Thomas for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects coordinating them is essential. Please ensure location data matches date of profile and avoid abbreviations. Citations & links for sources enable verification of data please add from wiki ID go to Research to find sources

The German Roots would be of interest. Adding the tag German_Roots will help you get updates about the project.

Explore Pre-1700 Projects list to find one that fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or topic. Read the goals & tasks of the project join if it fist.

Any questions please ask

Janet ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

I am pleased to confirm you as a full member. Now you can start adding your family members.

WikiTree is quite different from other genealogy sites. So, we've put together a guided tour to help you learn how to make your way around more easily.

New Member Pages

Next week you'll hear from a Member who will check in to see how you're doing and answer any questions you might have.

I hope you love the features here as much as I do. Happy searching!

Emma ~~ Wiki Greeter

P.S. Some people have trouble accessing the new member link from their email. If this happens, you can click on it from your profile page.

Hello and Welcome to WikiTree!

Just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree. You can contact me by clicking the link to my name, then sending a private message or posting a comment on my profile page

Emma ~~ Wiki Greeter

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