Jillaine Smith

Jillaine Smith

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Jillaine S. Smith
Born 1950's.
Daughter of [private father (1920's - unknown)] and [private mother (1920's - unknown)]
Sister of [private sister (1940's - unknown)], [private sister (1950's - unknown)] and [private brother (1950's - unknown)]
[children unknown]
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Generally: 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.

Here is my current Do List.


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 September 15, 2014 Sharon Troy Centanne wrote:

HI Jillaine,

I just found a George P. Betz and his wife Hellen Unknown Betz living in Belleview, Illinois in 1870. They were both born in Hesse-Darmstadt! He is now Betz-226 and I put you on his trusted list. Jacob W. Betz, age 30 is a neighbor. I originally was trying to find George Betz from Belleview who served in the 9th Illinois Mounted Regiment with my local friend's great grandfather. Their names are on the same muster roll for the US Civil War.

Sharon your cousin :)

On September 14, 2014 Cheryl Hammond wrote:

Hello! Can you please add me to PGM? Many thanks!

On September 13, 2014 S Willson wrote:

Hi Jilliane, Are you still looking for an image for PGM, and if so, what sort of image are you looking for? I may be able to conjure something up if I know what you're looking for. Thanks, Sharon

On September 11, 2014 Jacqueline Overland wrote:

I am actively researching my Winslow relativeS . Thanks for all your help.

Jackie Re: your request for Ellen Winslow, The following message from Jillaine Smith was posted on the WikiTree profile of Ellen Winslow. This profile has MANY profile managers; unless you are actively working on this profile, please convert yourself from PM to Trusted List:

On September 6, 2014 Kristina Adams wrote:

Thank you for making the correction, by removing Jacus. Good referencing and research is what makes this site so valuable.

On September 3, 2014 Kristina Adams wrote:

Hi, Jilliane, I am responsible for the 11 Adams pages, which were sent to me by a now deceased aunt of my husband. I hope that the page listing all the references will help find the sources.

There are a few folders in my box that I haven't looked in for 15 years, maybe I will find more.

On August 30, 2014 Vic Watt wrote:

Jilliane, Please take a look at the Harris To Do List I linked to http://www.wikitree.com/index.php?titleHarris-1280&public1 This is what I am looking for, to allow better collaboration. What do you think of it? If you have suggestions, please let me know. It is not currently automated, so it is a pain to construct, but once it is right, I hope to get Rob to help me.


On August 29, 2014 Kyle Dane wrote:

Jillaine and Kyle are 8th cousins two times removed. Nice! Tupper is a name common to both of us.

On August 28, 2014 Michael Stills wrote:

Thank you Jillaine! I appreciate the nice comments and I have enjoyed and learned from your comments as well. I have only recently become more involved with Wikitree, it has really sucked me in...like Genealogy.

On August 14, 2014 April Dauenhauer wrote:

Thinking about your comment, I've realized that it would be simple to add Anderson as a source to the PGM profiles, because Richardson puts the reference in his footnotes - all I need to do is open the NEHGS search page and use the database search.

Some things are worth taking the time.

Thank you for the amazing note on Vermont - I wondered why I never ran across it:)


April D.D.

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