Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette
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Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette

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Joyce Rivette formerly Bjorkgren
Born 1950s.
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Daughter of [private father (1920s - 2010s)] and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
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Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette lived in Louisiana.

I have been a member of WikiTree since 2016, but didn't get 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.

I am mostly finished with uploading known direct ancestors to WikiTree, and use the annual Connect-a-Thon challenges to continue adding extended family members. The BioBuilders monthly challenges are used to focus cleanup and additional research work on these profiles, which has prompted me to re-look at some of the folks that I haven't researched in years. It has been good to revisit the old work!

As of 1 January 2022, I have added or discovered on WikiTree about 25% of the ancestors and their families currently in my personal database. Only 75% to go! That's about 5,680 profiles left to add. <sigh>

Current Projects

Louisiana Families Project

I am a co-Leader with Jackie Girouard and Stephanie Ward on the Louisiana Families Project, and this accounts for a large part of my time on WikiTree. 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 worked on a space page to verify the Ritters of 1700s Louisiana, who settled in South Louisiana in the mid-to-late 1700s. I try to transfer those sources into the relevant WikiTree profiles when I can, but still have a long way to go. It has been a lower priority project, but I pick at it now and then.

Acadians Project

My husband's line is half Acadian, including the descendants of Etienne Rivet, so the Acadians Project is an important part of his ancestry. 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!

Aside from the family connections, I also help work on the profiles of Acadians who were deported in the 1750s and ended up in Louisiana. These profiles are in both the Acadians and Louisiana Families projects, and require a certain amount of coordination between the two. To this end, a new sub-project has been started, the Acadian_Exiles project. It is being led by Jackie, and intends to identify and expand the stories of all Acadian exiles who were scattered all over the world. This is a huge undertaking and will take years, so if you are interested in helping, there is certainly plenty to do!

Profile Improvement Project

Fountain Pen
Joyce has written and improved 400 profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.

As a member of the Profile Improvement Project (PIP), I try to abide by the guidelines for building profiles on WikiTree. I am a huge fan of the monthly Biography Builders challenges. These challenges are a non-competitive, fun way to work on building nice biographies in our profiles, and are based on a different theme every month. I use them to prompt me to improve profiles that I previously added with Gedcom imports or during the Connect-a-Thons.

Profile Improvement Voyager
Joyce has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage

The project also features a "PIP Voyage," during which two needy profiles (usually from a user's watchlist) are selected for improvement. The voyager is assigned a guide who will assist in sourcing and writing biographies according to WikiTree styles and standards. After the profiles have been fully improved and biography-writing skills have been sufficiently demonstrated, the voyager graduates and receives a successful completion sticker. I highly recommend this process to anyone, whether experienced or novice.

One Name Studies Project

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette is a member of the Rivet Name Study Project.

I have started a Rivet One Name Study for the Rivet name and its variants, Rivett and Rivette. It's in its infancy, and so far I'm the only member, but I hope it grows as interest develops. The core to begin with is based on the Acadian descendants by that name that I have researched. So far about 35% of them have profiles on WikiTree, so there's still more work to be done. The goal is to eventually connect to Rivet*s in France if possible, and discover whether families in other countries might also be related. Collaboration on ALL Rivet*s worldwide is welcome!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette is a member of the Murray Name Study Project.
Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette has Irish ancestors.

I'm also a member of the Murray One Name Study. Hoping to collaborate with people knowledgeable about Irish resources, to break down the brick wall of my Irish ancestor, Michael Murray (abt.1800-abt.1840), and his wife, Alice Sharkey (abt.1805-aft.1860). Also would like to find connections, if any, to Elihu Murray, as described in this G2G post. I haven't created a profile for him yet.

Data Doctors Project

One thing I've always enjoyed doing is finding errors and correcting them, so participating in the Data Doctors' challenges is a lot of fun for me! Unfortunately it can also be a bit of a black hole regarding my time. Starting in January 2018 I had to cut back dramatically on time spent there, so I could focus on my personal genealogy and other interests. I guess you could call me a recovering DD addict. Now I limit my DD time to mostly project-related suggestions and the annual Spring Clean-a-Thons.

WikiTree Thon Participation

I have enjoyed participating in the various 3-day weekend Thons that WikiTree sponsors throughout the year. They are a lot of fun! These are the ones I've done, starting with the most recent:

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the Apr 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 212 connections.

WT's fifth Connect-a-Thon was held 22-25 Apr 2022. The second of three for the year.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the Jan 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 279 connections.

WT's fourth Connect-a-Thon was held 14-17 Jan 2022. This was the first of three to be held in this "Year of Family Connections."

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2021 Source-a-Thon, adding 200 sources to profiles.

Source-a-Thon challenge was held on 1-4 October 2021. I reached a new personal record for this one!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2021 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 210 connections.

Third annual Connect-a-Thon was held 23-26 July 2021.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 988 suggestions.
Clean-a-Thon challenge was held 23-26 April 2021. Worked mostly on Profile Completeness suggestions from my Watchlist, getting them updated so that they are actually useful.
Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2020 Source-a-Thon, adding 55 sources to profiles.

Source-a-Thon challenge was held on 2-5 October 2020.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 406 connections.

Worked with the Tree Nuts in the second annual Connect-a-Thon 17-20 July 2020. Little by little, I'm getting those extended family members added to the tree!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1,400 suggestions.
The Tree Nuts, a general-purpose Clean-a-Thon challenge team, was a fun change of pace in 2020. From 24-27 April 2020, we fixed a lot of errors, and made a big difference!
Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding 185 sources to profiles.

The Gulf Coast Hurricanes' Source-a-Thon challenge adventure was held on 4-7 October 2019.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette is participating with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 687 connections.

The Gulf Coast Hurricanes participated in the first annual Connect-a-Thon 12-15 July 2019. It was exciting to see so many profiles added and connected over a period of only 3 days!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette is participating with Gulf Coast Hurricanes during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 976 suggestions.
The Gulf Coast Hurricanes Clean-a-Thon team was started up to focus on Louisiana, Texas & Mississippi. It was held 26-29 April 2019, letting me once again indulge in my DD addiction!
Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia during the 2019 Scan-a-Thon, scanning and uploading 193 items to profiles.

The first annual WikiTree Scan-a-Thon in January 2019 was super interesting. I found more photos and documents than I realized -- or remembered -- I had!

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 Steff Mandarino for Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia for the October 2018 Source-a-Thon. It was a challenge to get everything organized before the event started -- but it was a lot of fun!
Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 609 suggestions.

The first Clean-a-Thon I participated in was held on the weekend of 21-23 April 2018. This fueled my DD addiction!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Équipe Acadie - Team Acadia during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding 89 sources to profiles.
My first Source-a-Thon was on Team Acadia, in October 2017. That was lots of fun, and really was the catalyst that inspired me to participate more on WikiTree!

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:

  • FRANCE PROJECT (formerly French Roots) - husband's paternal Acadian branch originated there, but I also have ONE known French ancestor, 3GGM
  • IRELAND PROJECT (formerly Irish Roots) - my paternal grandmother's branch. I'm also told (unverified) that I have some Irish or maybe Welsh-Irish on my maternal grandfather's side that needs to be explored further.
  • 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

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Joyce or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Joyce:

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Dear Joyce,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Debi, please add me to the Biography Team. I do work on my Watchlist via Biography Builders every month, and plan to continue doing this. Thanks!
Thanks, Joyce. We've added you to Bio Team Level 1 which is all about working on profiles from your own Watchlist and whatever else you find. Here's a corrected link to the GoogleGroup in case you are interested in joining. Debi
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Joyce,Congratulations. By writing and improving 400 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
Fountain Pen
Joyce has written and improved 400 profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hey, Bestie!

Just wanted to fill you in on our mutual paternal 16th great grandmother: Joyce and Stephanie are 17th cousins. Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette and Stephanie Ward are both descendants of Alianore (Berkeley) FitzAlan (abt.1384-1455). Who knew!

posted by Stephanie Ward
Wow this is crazy! That got me to playing with it, and I discovered we are also related another way, still 17th cousins though:

Stephanie Ward and Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette are both descendants of Joyce (Cherleton) Tiptoft (1402-1446).

I'm amazed - I never believed it would happen, but somehow, it really did!

Joyce,Congratulations. By writing and improving 300 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
Fountain Pen
Joyce has written and improved 300 profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
edited by Bob Keniston Jr.
hi Joyce,

Thanks for connecting Lise Garrigues (abt.1849-aft.1850) to her parents for me.

As I work on the Garrigues One Name Project, I'm digging up a number of members of the Louisiana branch of the family, but I'm not actually related to any of them so they're basically stubs.

I've created a category to tag those in Louisiana whose fathers have yet to be identified at

I'm mostly focusing on branches which are closer to myself so if someone were able to connect these people up (either up or down the tree) before I get around to it, it would be great!

posted by Chris Garrigues
Thanks Chris, we'll keep an eye out!
Joyce,Congratulations. By writing and improving 200 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
Fountain Pen
Joyce has written and improved 200 profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.

Thanks for the help on g2g reading Fold3 records. You had the mystery solved before I even saw the post. I appreciate you taking time to help someone get information entered accurately on one of our Military and War profiles! Thanks again!


posted by Paula J
You're welcome Paula, always glad to help when I can!
Hello Ms.Rivette,I,m Mr.Derlin Gerard Clair.You had mentioned that you couldn,t find either the Birth Record & Christening Record for Mr.Ferdinand Victor order to really find his Records on FamilySearch,you really have to do it in a slightly Convoluted Way,my dear.On Family Search,you have to go under"Family Tree",and do your Searching there.I tried it myself this past afternoon.This Mr.Ferdinand Victor Penier was apparently a brother of my maternal Great-Grandmother Victoria Penier.Her first name Victoria is"Victorire" in French.Well,I sincerely hope that you have better luck with finding his Records with the information which I gave you.Bestwishes,Shalom,God bless you,and Happy Holidays!
posted by Derlin Clair
Thanks Derlin, that was enough to help me find the entry. I've updated the citation on his profile.
Thanks for the full citation for Agnes DeRouen's birth. I didn't add the death certificate link to the ancestry citation because of how ancestry links always end up getting redirected leading to links that no longer work. However, Roland had already uploaded a copy of the death certificate to the profile for that very reason and included a link (which no longer works) with the image. Thanks again for the birth citation!
posted by Donna (Friebel) Storz