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 - 2020s)]
[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 15 October 2023, I have added or discovered on WikiTree about 40% of the ancestors and their families currently in my personal database. Only 60% to go! That's about 4,560 profiles left to add. <sigh>

Current Projects

Louisiana Families Project

I am a co-Leader with Jackie Girouard, Stephanie Ward, and Ginny Fields on the Louisiana 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.

U.S. Black Heritage Project

I recently joined the US Black Heritage Project! As a member of the project's Louisiana Team, my goal is to assist in their efforts to identify Louisiana slaveholders of 1850-1860, associated major plantations, and the enslaved lives impacted during that period. Initial focus will be on the 1850 Slave Schedule in St. Landry Parish. I also plan to participate in some of their monthly challenges when I can, especially when they relate to Louisiana profiles.

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 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 500 profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge and is now a Master Builder.

As a member of the Biography Team in 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 suggestions on my managed profiles, an occasional weekly challenge, and the annual Spring Clean-a-Thons.

WikiTree Participation Events

I have enjoyed participating in the various 3-day weekend Thons that WikiTree sponsors throughout the year. I also like to participate in some of the annual "themed" events. They are all a lot of fun! These are the ones I've done, starting with the most recent:

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette achieved the 15 For 15 award for completing 15 missions in our 2023 15 For 15 Challenge.
The 15 for 15 Challenge lasted for the entire year of 2023, in celebration of WikiTree's 15th anniversary. I managed to complete 15 missions plus a bit more.
WikiTree Day
WikiTree Day Attendee: 2023

The WikiTree Day Symposium was held on 3-5 November 2023. There were lots of topics to choose from, very interesting!

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2023 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 105 previously unsourced profiles.

The eighth annual Source-a-Thon challenge was held the weekend of 29 September to 2 October 2023.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the July 2023 Connect-a-Thon, and added 169 connections.

WT's ninth Connect-a-Thon, held on 14-17 July 2023. I managed to add 169 new profiles.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the April 2023 Connect-a-Thon, and added 311 connections.

WT's eighth Connect-a-Thon, held on 21-24 Apr 2023. I was able to beat my previous record and reached a new high of 311 profiles added.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the January 2023 Connect-a-Thon, and added 205 connections.

WT's seventh Connect-a-Thon, held on 13-16 Jan 2023. My wish for this thon was to beat my previous record of 279, but as a minimum I wanted to add at least 150 new profiles. I managed to come in between and did 205, and very happy with that.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the 2022 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 153 previously unsourced profiles.

The Source-a-Thon challenge was held the weekend of 30 September to 3 October 2022.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the July 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and added 8 connections.

WT's sixth Connect-a-Thon was held 15-18 Jul 2022. This was the third and last for the year. Unfortunately I ended up out of town for this one, so wasn't able to add more than just a few profiles.

Joyce (Bjorkgren) Rivette participated with Tree Nuts during the April 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and 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 January 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and 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 sources to 200 previously unsourced 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 added 210 connections.

Third annual Connect-a-Thon was held 23-26 July 2021. The count changed for this and future thons, to only include new profiles created/connected to existing profiles.

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 sources to 55 previously unsourced 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 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 sources to 185 previously unsourced profiles.

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

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

The Gulf Coast Hurricanes participated in the first annual Connect-a-Thon 12-15 July 2019. This counted every new profile created and connected to an existing profile, and every new connection between existing profiles. 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 sources to 176 previously unsourced 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 sources to 89 previously unsourced 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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DNA Connections
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 a check-in with project members. Please review the following and respond to let us know that you are content with your current team or if you would like to be more involved.

The Project operates in a team structure. There are currently three participant PIP Teams -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team which guides new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team.

There are currently three different Biography Teams - The Biography Team, the Abandoned Team, and the Popular Team.

You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team. The Biography Team works on profiles from their watchlist and other profiles that interest them.

Are you happy with the Team you are on? If you are interested in working with a different Team, please let us know.

If you have not already done so, we invite you to join the email GoogleGroup. We use the WikiTree Discord server #profile-improvement channel for our project. Neither is required; we also use the Profile_Improvement tag in G2G for Project announcements.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project meet its goals. We would like to hear about the successes you’ve had and would also appreciate any feedback you have to help improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or via private message to one of us.


Debi Hoag and Kay Knight, Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

Robin Shaules, Project Coordinator, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Kay (Sands) Knight
Hi Kay, I'm happy to stay on the Biography Team. It's the best fit for me and how I work!
Thanks Joyce. We appreciate all that you do.
posted by Kay (Sands) Knight
Hi Joyce,

Just a note to say I notice the improvements you make on profiles. You do this quietly and don't make waves. I appreciate your dedication. You have helped me without even being aware of how much good you are doing. Thanks, Ralph

posted by Ralph Geer
Thanks Ralph, it's so nice to be acknowledged!

Congratulations. By writing and improving 500 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Master Builder Achievement Sticker. Just add Biography Builders 500 (enclosed in {{ }} ) 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!