Jillaine Smith

Jillaine Smith

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Jillaine S. Smith
Born 1950's.
Child of [private father] and [private mother]
Account confirmed 11 October 2012 | Jillaine's 33976 contributions | 1680 thank-yous received
Last profile change on 21 April 2014
20:12: Ky Rogers posted a message on the page for Jillaine Smith. [Thank Ky for this]
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Categories: Huguenot Migration Project | Puritan Great Migration Project | Profile Improvement Project | WikiTree Leaders | WikiTree Arborists.



As of January 2014, due to increased (paid) workload, I am in mostly responsive mode related to the Projects I'm involved with. I'll respond to requests, but am not currently proactively managing projects.


Jillaine was born at the tail end of the baby boom, youngest of four children of John & Miriam Smith. Raised in California, she moved to Washington DC in the mid 1990s to marry Philip David Bogdonoff. They live near Glen Echo Park with at least one cat.

She studied art, anthropology and communications at both University of California Santa Cruz and University of California San Diego (from which she graduated in the early 1980s). She also studied painting at the San Francisco School of Art, and more recently at Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo, MD. She also enjoys sewing, hand-work and crafts, and knitting and quilting.

The bulk of her career has focused on helping nonprofit organizations be more effective at pursuing their missions through communications, strategic planning and more recently, organizational learning. She was an early pioneer in online and then Internet communications, serving peace and social justice and environmental organizations.

Jillaine retained her maiden name, Smith, after marriage. (The only female among her siblings to do so.)


Jillaine started researching her family in 1998. She also maintains a set of genie pages at RootsWeb.

Her research areas include:

  • Colonial New England (Winthrop's fleet and later; not Mayflower); she published an article in the NEHGS Register about the two Richard Taylors of Yarmouth, MA.
  • Southwest Germany (including the ability to decipher old German church records); in particular, she is documenting the town of Schwenningen (now part of current-day Schwenningen-Villingen), especially the 1847 town-subsidized emigration of the poor.

She also conducts research professionally, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Genealogy Society; and a graduate/survivor of Course 4 at IGHR. She is currently in the midst of the NGS home study course, after which she intends to pursue certification through BCG.


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On April 22, 2014 Ky Rogers wrote:

Thank you for your message! The review is on my list to do! :)

On April 22, 2014 Maggie N. wrote:

Hi Jillaine, In February I added my Huguenots . See >>


Somehow my link to me got swallowed up somewhere ? I put it in again.

Time for me to get working now that I have sources, right ?


On April 20, 2014 Michele Hevingham wrote:

Hi Jillian, I have added myself to the Huguenot section. Thank you for pointing it out.

On April 20, 2014 Laura Scott wrote:

Thanks for catching the mistake on John Bridge. This John probably never married either as he died so young.

On April 20, 2014 Liz Shifflett wrote:

Hi Jillaine. Thanks for the post. I work on the New Netherland section, but didn't add myself as the coordinator since you were already listed there. I'll add myself now. Cheers, Liz

On April 18, 2014 Bob Jewett wrote:

What do you think about adding a year parameter to the PGM tag 'Puritan Great Migration|year arrived'? Just a thought.

On April 15, 2014 Jim Lhamon wrote:

You sent me a message "The following message from Jillaine Smith was posted on the WikiTree profile of Thomas Axtell.

What is the evidence for the wife Sarah Barker, please? Thanks."

The person who added that information was John Putnam who is the manager of that entry. Regards Jim Lhamon

On April 14, 2014 Jim Lhamon wrote:

Ref Sarah Barker see John Putnam

On April 13, 2014 Trevor Bruso wrote:

Hi , you are correct the information for Treadway 213 and Rogers-249 do not match. Your information is correct. I never realized that the stone/rogers/ treadway/ howe thing was a century old mystery. But after some review your Rogers-249 seems to be the most accurate. By completing the merge and just using your data in the merge it eliminates the possibility of Treadway-213 from propagating on wiki tree. Thanks Trevor

On April 9, 2014 Lana H wrote:

My ancestors were Volga Germans. I traced them through Russia, but am stuck getting to Germany! Where now?

My first ancestor on my paternal side in Russia was Johnn Heinrich Weitzel from Bonstadt/Friedberg, Hesse. The census in Russia has inconsistent birth year of either 1735 or 1729, and the death between 1798 and 1834 in Russia. He had two marriages, one Maria Katherina Lufft born Oberlais/Nidda, Hesse, no DOB given, and Anna Elisabeta Gais born 1753 or 1741.

Other side of the family shows Carl Strackbein first in Russia born in 1731 in Eggenstein, Karlsruhe, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, married Christina Jahraus (b. 1736 in Durlach, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, died 1780 in Russia).

I am totally stuck on finding their ancestors in Germany. How to do it? Thanks!

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