Traci Thiessen
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Traci Thiessen

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Traci L. Thiessen
Born 1960s.
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Daughter of [private father (1940s - unknown)] and [private mother (1940s - unknown)]
Sister of [private brother (1970s - unknown)]
Mother of [private son (2000s - unknown)] and [private daughter (2000s - unknown)]
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Traci is on the Magna Carta Project leadership team.
Traci was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!
Fountain Pen
Traci has written and improved one hundred profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
Descendant of PGM migrant John Perkins, Abraham Perkins, John Crandall, William Gaylord and others.
Traci Thiessen is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger John Alden, William Mullins, Miles Standish, Stephen Hopkins and George Soule.
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Traci Thiessen is Gateway Guardian of the Woodward sisters, the Bulkeley Gateways, Jane Allen, the Kempe Gateways, Richard More and the Wyatt Gateways
Traci Thiessen is a member of the Perkins Name Study Project.
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Traci Thiessen has English ancestors.
Traci Thiessen has German Roots.
Traci Thiessen has Czech Roots.

My WikiTree workload at March 2021:

  • Co-leader - Magna Carta Project, leading the 5-Star Profile initiative and co-leading the pre-1500, post-1500 and trail development teams
  • Co-leader - Germany Project
  • Co-leader Black Sheep Project (disbanded in 2020, but still winding down)
  • Member of the England Project's Managed Profiles Team and Team Leader of their "C Team" (pre-1500)
  • Mentor, Mediator and Ranger
  • Member of PGM, Mayflower, Medieval, Profile Improvement Projects + more
  • Co-manager of the Perkins Name Study

My family tree on has sourced, detailed biographies for about 6,000 family members. I discovered WikiTree in 2013 and used it to research and improve profiles on my private tree. More recently (about 2017), I started sharing my information on WikiTree and have been creating new profiles and/or improving existing profiles with information and sources from my private tree. Today, I use WikiTree exclusively to maintain my family tree.

I regularly work to improve the collective family tree with:

Names I Follow

Thiessen, Miell, Crawford, Musel, Rayman, Junge, Perkins, Hind/Hinds, Leatherman, Crandall, Bradley, Konicek, Chihak, Kloppenburg. In my husband's tree, all with German roots, are: Mosblech, Kalt, Kettenbach, and Elker.

Personal stuff

I grew up in Chicago. I graduated from DePaul University in Chicago and spent 20+ years working at leading Chicago and St. Louis law firms in the Private Client/Trust, Estates and Tax departments. In 2004, I left my career to be a full-time mom and in 2005, we moved east.

My Immigrant Ancestors

"Recent" Migrating Ancestors (after 1840), from England, Germany and what was then known as Bohemia.
The rest, in my Perkins and Crandall branches, came to America much earlier, in the 1600s and 1700s.
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Yearly Golden Achievement Milestone
Traci reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge
Traci Thiessen is participating with A Rose By Any Other Name during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 2,034 suggestions.Team Roses cleared 26,141 out of the 132,554 total coming in 1st.
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone
Traci reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the July 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone
Traci reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the June 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge


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Hi! You removed MCP as manager of but the profile still is PPP (and, in my opinion, needs to be) and displays the project box. Are you reconsidering or just missed removing PPP & the project box?
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Fixed it. I was going to remove PB & PPP but changed my mind. Will be transferring management of other profiles by the England project.
posted by Traci Thiessen
edited by Traci Thiessen
I would like to remain in the Germany Project. So sorry for the delay in responding! Thanks so much for your patience.
posted by Jen (Massey) Schwartz
Thanks Jen! We're glad you're staying with us.
posted by Traci Thiessen
Thanks for your suggestion to join S-H team.


posted by Marilyn Kenyon Psy.D.
You're very welcome! I'll add you to the team and the Google Group shortly!
posted by Traci Thiessen
You were a rockstar during the CAT! I'm so glad you were able to join the party. It's always fun working together as a team and it was exciting to clean up over 30,000 suggestions :-)
I am checking in for the Germany project. I don't believe I received a message from you, but maybe accidently deleted it. Anyway, please keep me on!


Hi Lisa, You're checked-in. As a newer member of the project (less than 6 months), you were exempt from this round of check-ins, so you didn't receive a message. I appreciate your checking! Thanks, Traci
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Traci,

is there an extra German Data Doctors GG? I've only found the Data Doctors Project GG.


posted by Monika (Eschenbaum) B.
Hi Monika,

There's no separate Google Group for Germany's Data Doctors. If you have questions, post them in the comments section of the Germany Data Docs page or shoot me an email.

Thanks, Traci

posted by Traci Thiessen
Good morning Tracy!

I signed up today, and I was just exploring this page - I think it was created by you (Phillips Payson 1736 - 1801). I was thinking, how can I add something, there where I read "unknown children" - but I don't know how it happened, now I am the manager of this page. . . I would not like to have entered someone else's house without asking permission! meanwhile, a warm greeting from Florence, Italy, Giovanna

posted by Gio Ponzetta
Hi Giovanna,

Thanks for asking! I created that Payson profile but have no personal interest in it. Please feel free to edit/add children, etc. Thanks, Traci

posted by Traci Thiessen
thanks to you! see you soon,


posted by Gio Ponzetta
Hi Traci, I am at a brick wall with my Schulze / Schultz family and need some help . If you would please take a look at Schultz-5323 you will note that I get my info from 2 sources, one is a family tree written by my great great grand father, which end up at Pastor Stephanus (Stephan) Schultz aka Schulze, Praetorius, who was seemingly a very famous clergyman and writer "SCHULZE in Suid-Afrika deur Ockert Malan - GenZA

- Malan" . As you will not by his name, it is a little confusing and I changed it a few times because I can't find any formal documents about him .

The second source I found was "Spuren der Familie Praetorius. By Frank Praetorius" at . . Seeing that my home language is Afrikaans, one of the 5 Dietze languages, I do understand a little Deutz but not enough to be sure of my deductions . Can you please check this for me and also tel me who this Peter was who wrote his testament in Magdeburgh .

It will be highly appreciated , Thank you, Callie .

posted by Callie Scheepers
Hi Callie,

I moved your question/request to the Germany Project Google Group. If you don't get a response there, I suggest posting to G2G.

Thanks, Traci

posted by Traci Thiessen

I decend from a Theissen line from Hamburg, and I was wondering if you could point me in a direction that I could search in Germany.

My German side is a brick wall. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


posted by Valerie Lange
Valerie - I sent you a private email
posted by Traci Thiessen
Traci thanks for trying to get me sourcing.

You answer questions and help me Source. Forever grateful.

posted by Sharon (Dewald) Skeels
It is my pleasure to work with you Sharon!
posted by Traci Thiessen
Tracey, please keep me in the German group. I have been very busy and have not had time to take part but hopefully soon thank you Linda Goodwin
posted by Linda Carroll
Traci, why did you delete the black sheep sticker from Thompson-24051?
posted by Jo Gill
Because the project no longer exists and neither does the IBSSG.
posted by Traci Thiessen
hi Traci, was going to ask the same question about a few profiles I manage, is the project defunct permanently or is it a temporary thing only?

Please put a note on what and why you are changing in this respect when doing them, save you and everybody a lot of traffic.


posted by Danielle Liard
The disbanding of the Black Sheep project happened many months ago. See: I manually removed hundreds of project boxes rather than have editbot do it, so I could ensure the proper categories were in place. Sorry I didn't leave an explanation.
posted by Traci Thiessen
edited by Traci Thiessen
Hi Traci, I've just added Ann Saltonstall's christening record and source. Perhaps you will consider re-attaching her to her parents.

The entry reads "Ann, daughter of Sir Richard S...Knight and The Lady Elizabeth."

posted by Beryl Meehan
edited by Beryl Meehan
I want to thank you for hanging in there with me as I floundered over what I saw as a simple task; adding a Prussia sticker to my grandfather's profile. I went to bed last night just a little perturbed at myself for not being able to discern how to do it. This a.m., I decided to slowly re-read your direction and figure out what I was missing, and when I looked at his profile, the sticker was there! I have two bachelor degrees and have completed 60% toward a Master's degree. I taught procurement agents for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing military how to do their job in a formal class session which included how to negotiate. I developed formal training class books to support this effort. I have been retired for 8 years and have been off the computer for 3 years. What I am saying, is that time (I am going to be 78) appears to be catching up with me. I have no idea what i did to post that sticker. I have concluded that I am best directed to continue working on my family tree ( I have at identified at least 2 7-great grand parents) and go back an re-trace my steps and identify those sources that I conveniently overlooked. With sources I am only at my 1 great grandparent level. Because of my computer difficulties (I have only been back on since Christmas) and my dual focus of re-identification while pursuing new leads, I am too much of a fledgling, at this time, to be a part of any collaborative efforts. So I am truly sorry to request that you remove me from the Germany group although I will always be available for short tasks. Based upon my experience with the sticker, I think you know what I mean. Also, know that you and your team have a strong cheerleader "in the stands'" By the way, my major focus is Berlin, West Prussia, Bayern, and, although it isn't on your Germany list, Alsace-Lorraine. I have a strong what it appears to be a Thomas connection there and they appear to be German not French. Best wishes and you have my appreciative thanks and always morale support.
posted by Jim Walter
Hi Jim,

I removed you as a member of the Germany Project, but please feel free to use the resources on our project pages, specifically the regional pages: Space:Germany_Regions_Team. Each region has its own resource page and has lots of interesting info and links you can use to help in your research. This is the page for Bayern: Space:Bavaria_Team, this is the page for Berlin: Space:Berlin_Team and we DO have a team for Alsace-Lorriane, that can be found here: Alsace-Lorraine. Like I said before, we will [hopefully] soon update the Prussia Team and will post to G2G when that page is updated.

If you ever need help with your German genealogy, just post a question on G2G and add the Germany tag to your post and you'll get help from one of our members (and if you ever need help posting to G2G, let me or one of your Greeters know you'd like some help). You're welcome to rejoin the project any time and remember that we're always happy to help you whether you're a project member or not.

Take care, Traci

posted by Traci Thiessen
Traci -

I really ant to be part of the Germany team and I am making my way through all the information. But, as I go, I see interesting and exciting small things, like stickers. I would like to put a Prussia stick on my grandfather's profile, but I have yet to find out the how to. You seem to functinn easily with badge and stickers, etc. What am I missing?

posted by Jim Walter
Hi Jim - See this page for Prussia stickers:

This subproject of the Germany Project will be getting an overhaul eventually and is not currently very active. We will post to G2g and the project Google Group when the Prussia Team gets relaunched, but in the meantime, feel free to use the stickers on your/your ancestors profiles!

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Traci,

I not sure how to put this person in category for notable. I placed sticker. Not sure what the Kansas House of Representatives, and 2 terms of Senate is not sure if it actul state stuff or Church or Masonic stuff he seemed to be in everything for sure. This why I added him to notables maybe someone could help figure this out.


Bright, John A.--Born April 24, 1845, Aaronsburg, Center Co., Pa.; son of George and Sarah (Bower) Bright; educated Pa.Coll. (Partial course); married Mary Belle Shearer, Sept. 17, 1868, Milton, Pa.; to Kan. April, 1882; to Topeka, 1890; 1862 to 1867, teacher in common schools and academy, Pa.; 1873, was ordained as a minister in Evangelical Lutheran Church; 1873 to 1886, engaged in pastoral work in Pa. and Kan.; 1886 to 1890, was gen. sec. Kan. State Sunday School Ass'n, during which time was delegate to first World's SS convention, held in London Eng., and was chosen one of three recording secretaries of that convention; for 3 years following 1890, grand sec. I.O.O.F. of Kan.; grand chaplain 6 years; grand master, 1 year; chaplain 1 term, Kan. House of Representatives, and 2 terms of Senate; since 1893, in evangelistic work. Author: A KANSAS ABROAD; or SIXTY DAYS IN EUROPE AND WHAT I SAW THERE. Res: 830 Morris Ave. Added by JH


Hi Traci,

It's that time of the year again: check-in time! As England Project Leaders, we like to check in with you every six months or so to see how things are progressing. Back in May, we didn't ask for a response due to the rapid emergence of Covid-19 because we understood that people's lives were changing rapidly. While we are still living in a Covid world, we do need to hear back from you this time around

First of all, how are you doing? What are you currently working on? Are you happy with the team(s) you're in, or would you like to change things up?

Secondly, we're looking for some feedback on the Google Group and our Discord server. Do you use either or both of these? If you don't use either, why not? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve participation and collaboration, either generally or for you personally?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Lizzie, Amy, Joan

England Project Leaders

Thank you for the comments on the live. I was wondering if the Magna Carta project could put something on the profile of Molesworth-135, because, he and his siblings are descendants of all of the Magna Carta Sureties. In Australia we don't have gateway ancestors, but for us, that profile would be significant, because he is a descendant of all of the sureties. Thank you, Ben. Incidently, just over half of them connect to him through his father's mother, and still a good number through is mother.

To clarify, he is a descendant of the 15 in the relationship quick list. Not sure of the others.

posted by Ben Molesworth
edited by Ben Molesworth
Hey Ben, Liz will get back to you about this. Thanks!!
posted by Traci Thiessen
Traci was back in full force during this year's SAT! So glad you could join the team. You were amazing! Emma :-)
As were you, Emma. Thank YOU!!
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi, Traci!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 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

Per your message about Black sheep group being sent to notables please add me to project and let me know if anything I have to do in profiles that in this category. I like to be keep updated please???


Billie, I awarded you a Notables Project member badge. Please add Notables to the G2G tags you follow to get updates.

Thanks, Traci

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Traci, I'm sorry to hear the BSP is being disolved and yes I would be interested in joining The Notables Project. Thank you.
posted by Eileen Bradley
Thrilled to bits to see my 14th GGF Richard Chamberlayne has been recognised with a Magna Carta Project badge. Thank you so much for your work!

His son, William, by the way, according to 'Magna Carta Ancestry', was a Friar at Greenwich. Until I get pre-1500 verification, I can't add this, but perhaps you can. I have a screenshot from MCA showing the information, if that is acceptable.

Richard's great grandson, Richard, btw, married Elizabeth Harcourt (I took the liberty of adding this a couple of days ago), which means that that whole Harcourt line connects with Charlemagne. There is no line going up there as yet, but I'd be delighted to add it if and when I get the go-ahead for pre-15OO profiles.

Best wishes, Frances Piercy-Reins

posted by Frances (Piercy) Piercy-Reins
edited by Frances (Piercy) Piercy-Reins
Thanks Frances! No need to send a screenshot, I have all the Richardson books. I added MCA as a source on William's profile. I also proposed some merges on a few profiles you added (there were already existing profiles for Richard Chamberlain, his mother and her 1st husband on WikiTree). Appreciate the help!


posted by Traci Thiessen
It was so great to have you join us for another thon. You were amazing! :-) Emma
Hello, Traci!

Thanks for all 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. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

I have added Ela, Alice and Edmund as children of William de Odingsells - could you link them to their mother Ela FitWalter.



posted by Steve Hunt
Hi! I'm finally catching up with Trail Tracks... you can add Peter Bulkeley to the Guardian sticker you already have, or add another one:
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hello, I see you manage the Wyatt (Francis) tree, Magna Carta. I am a descendant on my mother's side. I have the standard pedigree tree and a descendant of each. It goes back to 1080. I'm new so I don't know much about connecting profiles yet. I have noticed that some info like wives and dates on a couple I can match are missing. I believe I can help with some of those missing names. I also have a letter from my great aunt with my great grandfather/mothers names. let me know if i can help. thank you
posted by B Grady
Traci - I've lost access to my e-mail. Could you let Michael & Jen know? (I think I hit enter when I shouldn't have and changed the password... which I've long since forgotten.)
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thanks for letting us know ... I was getting messages that my emails to you were undeliverable. Michael said his weren't bouncing back.
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Traci,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles and particularly your work in Muppets and Profile Improvement teams.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do.


Congratulations on that shiny new blue badge ;-)
posted by SJ Baty
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Yearly Golden Achievement Milestone
Traci reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge

Outstanding! We started this program in April of this year 2019 award is April through December.

posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
Please can you add a few details to

You left a comment there re new info.. but many of the rest of us do not have access.. thanks.

posted by Beryl Meehan
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Hi Traci, I'm so sorry I forgot to respond to your request to be on Joseph Musil's trusted list! You are on it now. I have not been active here for the last few months due to family matters, thank you for your patience!
posted by Angela (Kluge) Lincoln
Woo-hoo! Thanks for reviewing the St Leger Codd trail :D
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
So glad you were able to join the Roses for this year's SAT. It was great fun as always. Thank you for your major contributions to the Tree!

Emma <3

Hi Traci,

Have added you to the trusted list (as requested). John

posted by John Beeson
Hi Traci,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Managed Profiles, Sourcerers, Data Doctors, Connectors and Arborists. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current teams and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Anon (MacLeod) Anon
Hi! Thanks so much for joining the Magna Carta Project's leadershp team. Here's a sticker you can copy/paste into your profile. (Feel free to change how your name displays.)
Magna Carta project logo
Traci is on the Magna Carta Project leadership team.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Primrose-279 and Primrose-6 are now ready to be merged. Can you help here?
posted by Gregory Lauder-Frost
I am dealing with the Primroses but am receiving no assistance from the admin of the second James Primrose, the Writer (solicitor).
posted by Gregory Lauder-Frost