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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: 15 Aug 2018
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Categories: Bjorkgren-1 | Metairie, Louisiana | Louisiana Families | Louisiana Families Project | Acadians Project | Houston, Texas.

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I'm a relative newbie to WikiTree, but have been working on genealogy for almost 40 years. I love WikiTree's mission of an accurate and sourced shared World tree, and intend to help wherever I can. A major focus of my 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, at, 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.

Projects that I'm currently involved in:

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:

  • Oct/Nov 2017 - 1 - Unsourced Profiles. I caught the tail end of this challenge, so only got one done.
  • Fountain Pen
    Joyce has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
    Nov/Dec 2017 - 9 - Pick a town. I chose the town my Dad grew up in: Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
  • Dec 2017/Jan 2018 - 8 - Given Name "C" (honoring Christmas/Chanukah). Lots of Charles' and others to pick from.
  • Jan/Feb 2018 - 10 - Name that's a profession. I still don't know what a Ritter is.
  • Feb/Mar 2018 - 16 - Have a Big Heart (honoring Valentine's Day). Adopt an orphan and write their biographies.
  • Fountain Pen
    Joyce has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
    Mar/Apr 2018 - 13 - Brickwall / Unknown Parents Profiles. It was fun and rewarding revisiting some lines I haven't looked at in many years!
  • Apr/May 2018 - 2 - 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!
  • May/Jun 2018 - 11 - People born in the 1600’s.
  • Jun/Jul 2018 - 8 - People born in same city as me.
  • Jul/Aug 2018 - 7 - People born in July.
  • Aug/Sep 2018 - in progress - GGG-Grandparents

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 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding about 80 sources to profiles.
I also enjoyed participating on Team Acadia for the 2017 Source-a-thon. That was a lot of fun, and really got me inspired to participate more on WikiTree!

LOUISIANA FAMILIES PROJECT. Lots of Louisiana relatives on both sides of our family, including Acadians, Germans, English, and Irish who immigrated in the 1700s-1800s. One project I've started on is 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.

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. Hopefully that will last me for a few months, until the next Source-a-thon in the Fall!

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 the FRENCH ROOTS PROJECT, the IRISH ROOTS PROJECT, the SWEDEN PROJECT, and the TEXAS PROJECT. Also have been interested in doing something with a Project:One Name Studies project.

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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 help in loading gedcoms
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.)

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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!

On 17 Apr 2018 at 19:40 GMT Anne B wrote:

Hi Joyce. You reached 50 profiles in the Biography Builders challenge this month. You may add
Fountain Pen
Joyce has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Nice job

On 16 Feb 2018 at 16:26 GMT Ron Hebert wrote:

Hi Joyce, Thanks for correcting the name Hubert to Hebert, and hopefully others will also note the need to correct this obvious name spelling error.

Hope to see many Heberts next year at the Congres Mondial Acadien in August 10-24, 2019 in NB and PEI. Ron Hebert, Toronto, Canada

On 17 Jan 2018 at 19:48 GMT Holly (Ritter) Novak none wrote:


All my Ritters settled in Southeast PA and only a couple went to NC and a couple to OH, so I am afraid my searches won't help you!! Holly

On 11 Dec 2017 at 05:52 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:

Thank you for giving attention to our orphans in this week's DD challenge. It's nice to see them get a little bit of love. We cleared a total of 8536 suggestions!

Emma :-)

On 25 Nov 2017 at 13:48 GMT Philip (Mills) Broughton-Mills wrote:

Hi Joyce. Thanks for editing, but your style choices (which in this specific case are not covered by WikiTree standards) objectively make things worse. Here's why: 1) The main citation should be placed next to the relevant fact. For example, if a death record says "died 1901 aged 88", we can also use that as a birth citation, but the main Ref tag should still appear in the logical place next to the death. WikiTree is able to interpret references to later citations for this reason, it is not an "error" as you describe. 2) General citations, not attached to a particular fact, are better placed above the References tag, else if there is a long list of references then the reader will not be aware of this extra info hidden at the bottom of the page.

On 20 Nov 2017 at 08:27 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:

Thank you for your help improving profiles by cleaning up location errors in this week's challenge. WikiTree has 830 less errors thanks to you! Wow!

Emma--Data Doctor Project Coordinator

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