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.
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.
(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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