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 http://www.rivettefamily.com/, 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.
- 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.
- 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!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.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.
- Joyce's formal name
- e-mail address
- exact birthdate
- birth location
- 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.
- 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:
On 28 Jul 2018 at 16:22 GMT Jacqueline Girouard wrote:
On 23 May 2018 at 12:06 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:
On 9 May 2018 at 06:27 GMT Cheyenne Boggioni wrote:
On 17 Apr 2018 at 19:40 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 16 Feb 2018 at 16:26 GMT Ron Hebert wrote:
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:
On 25 Nov 2017 at 13:48 GMT Philip (Mills) Broughton-Mills wrote:
On 20 Nov 2017 at 08:27 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:
Emma--Data Doctor Project Coordinator