Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette

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Joyce Rivette formerly Bjorkgren
Born 1950s.
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Profile last modified | Created 10 Sep 2016 | Last significant change: 3 Nov 2018
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Wiki Genealogist October 2018 Club 100 WikiTree Leader September 2018 Club 1,000 Project Coordinator Profile Improvement Project Member Source-a-Thon 2018 Participant August 2018 Club 100 Super Star Spring Clean-a-Thon 2018 Big Heart Acadians Project Member December 2017 Club 1,000 G2G6 November 2017 Club 1,000 Louisiana Families Project Member Data Doctor GEDCOM Equipped Generous Genealogist - Blue Star Sourcerer
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Categories: Bjorkgren-1 | Metairie, Louisiana | Profile Improvement Project | Louisiana Families Project | Acadians Project | Houston, Texas | WikiTree Leaders.


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Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette lived in Louisiana.

I've been a member of WikiTree since 2016, but not really active until 2017's Source-A-Thon. I've been working on genealogy for over 40 years. I love WikiTree's mission of an accurate and sourced shared World tree, and try to help wherever I can. A major focus of my personal genealogical work has been on all descendants of Etienne Rivet, my husband's Acadian progenitor. I can't promise that all of this work will end up on WikiTree, but I will try to add certain families as I can. In the meantime, please feel free to visit my website, Rivette Family Genealogy, for more information! If you decide to use anything you find there on a WikiTree profile (or elsewhere), I would appreciate an acknowledgement.

I have been in the process of uploading our direct ancestors to WikiTree, using gedcom files and manual edits, and am slowly getting closer to done. This has been a tedious process at times, since WikiTree doesn't allow for instant imports from gedcoms, but has been very rewarding as well. In adding profiles one at a time, I've been prompted to re-look at some of the folks that I haven't researched in years -- back in the dinosaur days of having to go to the library to research from books and microfilm, and wade through courthouse records and tromp through graveyards. No internet then. I kept family group sheets and pedigree charts on paper, then graduated to word processing software. When genealogy software first came into existence, there was usually no place to maintain sources, and if there was, it was crude at best. Add on top of that my initial ignorance of the importance of proper sourcing (I thought I would remember where it came from LOL)... As a result, a lot of the older work didn't include sources for everything. Nowadays, in many cases, quality sources can be found online that weren't readily available in the past, and all in the comfort of my jammies! So it's been good to revisit the old work!

Current Projects

LOUISIANA FAMILIES PROJECT. I've recently agreed to be a Co-Leader with Jackie Girouard for this project, which I'm looking forward to! There are lots of Louisiana relatives on both sides of our family, including Acadians, Germans, English, and Irish who immigrated in the 1700s-1800s. I have a mini-project in progress to verify the Louisiana RITTER families who settled in South Louisiana in the mid-to-late 1700s. Most of my notes for that little project are here: Ritter of 1700s Louisiana, in case anyone is interested.

ACADIANS PROJECT. My husband's line is half Acadian, including the descendants of Etienne Rivet. His paternal grandparents each descended through two of Etienne's grandchildren, although they didn't know it and always told people they were unrelated. Surprise!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 176 sources to profiles.
I signed up to be co-captain with Stephanie Ward for Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia for the 2018 Source-A-Thon. It was a challenge to get everything organized before the event started -- a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding 89 sources to profiles.
I also enjoyed participating on Team Acadia for the 2017 Source-A-Thon. That was also fun, and really was the catalyst that inspired me to participate more on WikiTree!

BIOGRAPHY BUILDERS (part of the Profile Improvement Project). I'm a huge fan! They make it a fun process by creating a different theme every month. Monthly themes that I've participated in so far, and number of profiles improved:

2017Oct/Nov 1 1Unsourced profiles
2017Nov/Dec 9 10Pick a town - Where my Dad grew up: Ponchatoula, LA
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Joyce has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.

2017Dec/Jan18 8 18Given Name starting with C - Honoring Christmas/Chanukah.
2018Jan/Feb10 28Name that's a profession - I still don't know what a Ritter is.
2018Feb/Mar16 44Have a Big Heart (honoring Valentine's Day) - adopt an orphan
2018Mar/Apr13 57Brickwalls/Unknown Parents - It was fun and rewarding revisiting some lines I haven't looked at in many years!
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Joyce has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.

2018Apr/May 2 59Immigrants - Was out of town a lot and only had time for two... but it was worth it to squeeze them in. Was able to break through a brick wall with the help of other WTers!
2018May/Jun11 70People born in the 1600’s
2018Jun/Jul 8 78People born in same city as me
2018Jul/Aug 7 85People born in July
2018Aug/Sep10 95GGG-Grandparents
2018Sep/Oct 9104Surnames starting with 'B'
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Joyce has written and improved one hundred profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.

2018Oct/Nov 1105Catholic Popes - a little out of my comfort zone!

DATA DOCTORS. One thing I've always enjoyed doing is finding errors and correcting them, so participating in the Data Doctors' weekly challenges is a lot of fun for me! Unfortunately it can also be a bit of a black hole regarding my time, so starting in January 2018 I've had to cut back dramatically on time spent there so I could focus on my personal genealogy. So I guess you could call me a recovering addict.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette is participating with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 609 suggestions.
I was able to satisfy my data doctoring addiction during the 2018 Spring Clean-A-Thon on 21-23 April. This was a 3-day weekend of cleaning errors on profiles.

Other Projects of Interest

There are plenty of other projects that I'm interested in, but haven't found the time for yet. I hope to some day get involved in these:

  • FRENCH ROOTS PROJECT - husband's paternal Acadian branch, but I also have ONE known French ancestor, 3GGM
  • IRISH ROOTS PROJECT - my paternal grandmother's branch
  • SWEDEN PROJECT - my paternal grandfather's branch
  • TEXAS PROJECT - my husband's maternal great-grandfather participated in the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas War for Independence
  • ONE NAME STUDIES project - maybe start one for Rivet/Rivett/Rivette. I have information for about 1000 people with that surname, mostly Acadian descendants.

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My husband and children descend from the Acadian Rivet line, and I've spent many years following the Rivet*s and related families.
Sounds interesting, will try it out for awhile!
My Bjorkgren ancestor, a merchant sea captain, immigrated from Sweden to south Louisiana USA in the 1880s.
I enjoy cleaning up stuff!
To keep up with posts directed at leaders.
I descend from 19th-century Swedish (Bjorkgren), German (Steidtmann, Fulda), and Irish (Murray, Sharkey, McCarroll) immigrants, based around Orleans, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes. My husband's family is half Acadian/Cajun (Rivette, Lanclos, Lagrange, et al), centered around St. Landry parish; and half English/German (Coles, Gergenson, Holden), coming to mix in with the Cajun culture in the 19th century.
Working on Ritters of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, 1700s-early 1800s
One of our ancestral names. (Acadia to Maryland to Louisiana)
One of our ancestral names. (Mostly Louisiana/Texas with this spelling.)
interesting stuff


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On 3 Nov 2018 at 18:32 GMT Frank Nolan wrote:

Good afternoon Joyce, yes I agree with the updates with Jean Bernard Miguez JR, it seems to me that you have done more research with that family line then me which is I believe if Im correct theirs a Canadian French connection with the Williams family , so if your able to fill in some blanks with missing historical facts then go for it! :-)

Sincerely Frank :-)

On 22 Oct 2018 at 19:26 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Joyce, Congratulations. By writing and improving 100 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
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Joyce has written and improved one hundred profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

On 21 Oct 2018 at 21:46 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Thank you for participating in the September/October Biography Builders. Your effort is greatly appreciated, and makes WikiTree a better source for information about our ancestors.


On 26 Sep 2018 at 20:12 GMT Stephanie Ward wrote:

Hi Joyce,

It's almost S-A-T time! Are you ready to rumble? The 2018 event will begin at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 28th, and ends at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, October 1st.

Please bookmark our updated team spreadsheet page for handy access to unsourced profiles, links to our team page, our team chat and more! Joyce has done a lot of good work personalizing our team spreadsheet and finding and organizing our unsourced profiles. Check it out!

Throughout the weekend, be sure to go to our Team Acadia G2G chat page to check status updates and other team news!

Laissez le bon temps rouler, y'all!

On 21 Sep 2018 at 00:44 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Thank you for participating in the August/September Biography Builders. Your effort is greatly appreciated, and makes WikiTree a better source for information about our ancestors.


On 27 Aug 2018 at 13:59 GMT Stephanie Ward wrote:

Joyce, I love what you've done here, and how it looks on the page! Easy to see why you're a natural for the Biography Builders Project!

On 15 Aug 2018 at 22:01 GMT B. Lantz wrote:

Thank you so much for cleaning up all my information on Josephine/Josepha Landry Lanclos. Unfortunately I'm not on wikitree very often and have so much more information to add so your help is greatly appreciated. I am a direct descendent of the above Josephine & Louis Lucien Lanclos on my mother's side of the family (all French). My dad was from Nebraska contributing about 3/8 German including a little eastern European thrown in & 1/8 a mix of English, Scottish, & Irish. Thanks again, Barbara Lantz Behringer

On 28 Jul 2018 at 16:22 GMT Jacqueline Girouard wrote:

Thanks for the note about Christoval Manuel-278. He is proving hard to pin down. Also Jean Louis Manuel. I found records so they exist but not sure of their parents, though I did disconnect them from where the two had been placed originally. I think I quit while I'm ahead. ;-)

On 23 May 2018 at 12:06 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

You're welcome, Joyce!!! Have a great day. :-D

On 9 May 2018 at 06:27 GMT Cheyenne Boggioni wrote:

Thanks Joyce for your message about surnames. I was going through profiles and ended up in the French Canadian & Acadian families somehow and overlooked that. I also have quiet a bit of French Canadian in my family too. Once again, my apologies. Thanks so much!

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