Title and physical description
Connie Thiessen fonds, 2020, 5 cm.
Connie Thiessen is the daughter of Dietrich Thiessen, 1929-2020 and Nettie (Dueck) Thiessen, 1929-2004. Members of both the Thiessen and Dueck families had come from the Soviet Union to Canada in the 1920s, and eventually settled at Coaldale, Alberta. There were numerous siblings in both the Thiessen and Dueck families. These are stories and short biographies of Connie’s ancestors, parents and siblings of her parents.
Scope and Content
In her manuscript entitled “Early Stories & Family Trees,” Connie Thiessen provides detailed genealogical information about her ancestors, their expereinces in Russia/Soviet Union, the migration to Canada, subsequent experiences in Canada, and short biographical information about her grandparents, parents and numerous uncles and aunts. Both the Thiessen and Dueck families were supportive and active participation as members of the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church. Much of the information is drawn from personal recollections, or diary entries ,of various family members. The manuscript includes numerous family, church and individual photographs.
After their marriage Connie’s parents moved from Coaldale to Lindbrook, but Connies includes very little information about her own, or the family’s experiences after that move.
Source of Acquisition
Gift by Connie Thiessen
See also: short entry by Connie’s father, Dick Thiessen, on the Thiessen family, and the shrot entry by Connie’s grandfather, Rev. Jacob P. Dueck, on the Dueck family, in Coaldale, Gem of the West, 1900-1983, (Coaldale Historical Society, 1983), p-. 886-887 and 456-457 respectively/
See also MHSA Accession 2016.021, Jacob E. Dueck fonds. Jacob Dueck was a younger brother of Nettie (Dueck) Thiessen (Connie’s mother).