I've 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. 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!
Louisiana Families Project
I am a Co-Leader with Jackie Girouard for the Louisiana Families Project, and this accounts for the majority 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 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.
The Gulf Coast Hurricanes challenge team, co-captained by Steff Mandarino and me, participated in the first annual Connect-a-Thon July 12-15. It was exciting to see so many profiles added over a period of only 3 days!
The team will also participate in the annual Source-a-Thon challenge, my first WikiTree love! It is coming up very soon on October 4-7.
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!
The Scan-a-Thon was super interesting. I found more photos and documents than I realized -- or remembered -- I had!I signed up to be co-captain with Steff Mandarino 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!
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 Challenges
The Biography Builders (part of the Profile Improvement Project) are not an official project, but I'm a huge fan! The 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.
Monthly themes that I've participated in so far, and number of profiles improved:
|2017||Nov/Dec||9||10||Pick a town - Where my Dad grew up: Ponchatoula, LA|
|2017||Dec/Jan18||8||18||Given Name starting with C - Honoring Christmas/Chanukah.|
|2018||Jan/Feb||10||28||Name that's a profession - I still don't know what a Ritter is.|
|2018||Feb/Mar||16||44||Have a Big Heart (honoring Valentine's Day) - adopt an orphan|
|2018||Mar/Apr||13||57||Brickwalls/Unknown Parents - It was fun and rewarding revisiting some lines I haven't looked at in many years!|
|2018||Apr/May||2||59||Immigrants - 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!|
|2018||May/Jun||11||70||People born in the 1600’s|
|2018||Jun/Jul||8||78||People born in same city as me|
|2018||Jul/Aug||7||85||People born in July|
|2018||Sep/Oct||9||104||Surnames starting with 'B'|
|2018||Oct/Nov||1||105||Catholic Popes - a little out of my comfort zone!|
|2018||Nov/Dec||9||114||Families with 10 children|
|2019||half Jan||4||126||Jan deaths - this was only a 2-week challenge; starting in Feb the challenges switch to calendar month.|
|2019||Feb||2||128||Married in Feb - honoring Valentine's Day.|
|2019||May||7||135||Surname begins with M - M for Mother's Day?|
|2019||Jun||8||143||Married in June|
|2019||Jul||10||153||Died in July|
|2019||Aug||24||177||Added during Connect-a-Thon|
|2019||Sep||3||180||Surnames starting with C|
|2019||Oct||4||184||Surnames that are colors|
|2019||Nov||?||???||People born in Nov - in progress|
Data Doctors Project
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 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.The Gulf Coast Hurricanes was a new Clean-a-Thon team started up in 2019 to cover Louisiana and its close neighbors Texas and Mississippi. The marathon weekend lasted from 26-29 April, and allowed me some concentrated indulgence in my data doctoring addiction!
I also participated in the previous Clean-a-Thon, held on the weekend of 21-23 April 2018.
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
- 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 someday I'll start one for Rivet/Rivett/Rivette. I have information for about 1000 people with that surname, mostly Acadian descendants.
- Joyce's formal name
- e-mail address
- exact birthdate
- birth location
- images (2)
- family tree
- father's name
- mother's name
- spouse's name and marriage information
- autosomal DNA test connections
Joyce is a Wiki Genealogist following these tags:
- My husband and children descend from the Acadian Rivet line, and I've spent many years following the Rivet*s and related families.
- variation on Acadia
- variation on Acadia
- to keep up with current happenings
- 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.
- Taking part in the challenge!
- I enjoy cleaning up stuff!
- To keep up with posts directed at leaders.
- Where my roots began
- Co-leader of this project
- Following leader news
- 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.)
- Interested in the templates project
- I have relatives all over the U.S.
- interesting stuff
On 29 Aug 2019 at 11:48 GMT Hanne (Heen) Ringseth wrote:
Best regards from Hanne
On 26 Aug 2019 at 21:35 GMT Hanne (Heen) Ringseth wrote:
On 18 Aug 2019 at 00:20 GMT Cathy (Wallace) Ciarrocchi wrote:
On 16 Aug 2019 at 22:57 GMT Karen (Finnerty) Butler wrote:
I know you are a Team Leader in this project, but , I don't want you to feel left out by not getting a message :-)
Take care Karen
On 16 Aug 2019 at 22:57 GMT Karen (Finnerty) Butler wrote:
On behalf of the Louisiana Families Project, we are doing a periodic check-in with members. Please review the project page , and if you feel you are able and would like to contribute to the project in the upcoming months, please let me know by commenting on my profile or sending a private message. If you have other obligations or interests at the moment and would like to be removed from the project at this time, you will always be welcome to rejoin if you find yourself with more time and interest later.
All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator
On 2 Aug 2019 at 22:47 GMT Donna (Friebel) Storz wrote:
On 2 Aug 2019 at 14:15 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:
The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ (actually, over 2400!) contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!
You genealogy journey (in your bio) sounds like mine.
WikiTree Appreciation Team
On 13 Jul 2019 at 23:49 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:
On 3 Jul 2019 at 15:29 GMT Sarah Riggle wrote:
On 1 Jul 2019 at 19:35 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:
Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!
Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team