Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson
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Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson

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Joelle Colville-Hanson formerly Colville
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private brother (1930s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1940s - unknown)] [half] and [half]
Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1990s - unknown)]
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Joelle was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the G2G Forum!

I was born in 1957 in Los Angeles. My parents were Raymond Picken Colville and Joelle (Mamie Jo) Crawford [1]


I attended California Lutheran College (now University) in Thousand Oaks, California from 1975-1977. During the Spring of 1978 I was a work/study student at Semester at Sea, an educational program where students receive college credit traveling on a ship around the world, attending classes on board. We visited South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Greece, Egypt, Spain and Morocco.

I graduated with a Batchelor of Arts in Sociology from San Francisco State University in 1979.

After that, I graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1985 with a Master of Divinity. In 1998 I received a Dr. of Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.


Joelle is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In 1985 I was assigned to the Southern Wisconsin District of the American Lutheran Church where I was interim pastor at Middle and Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Lutheran from 1985-1986.


I was ordained a pastor in the American Lutheran Church (ALC) on July 6, 1986, at Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco. [2]

From 1986-1989 I served at Hope Lutheran in Madison, Wisconsin, St. John and Trinity Lutheran in Birnamwood, Wisconsin from 1989-1998, St. John Lutheran in Cushing, Iowa from 1999-2005, Salem Lutheran in Roland, Iowa from 2005 to 2010 and Ridgeway Lutheran Parish in Ridgeway, Iowa from 2010-2013.

In 2013 I began working for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Director for Evangelical Mission in the Northeastern Iowa Synod. I moved to Waterloo, Iowa and bought a house there.


On July 4, 1987 I married Loren Hanson in Madison, Wisconsin. We had Isaac and Sarah. [3]

Wedding of Joelle Colville and Loren Hanson

Loren was killed in a car accident in Mason City, Iowa, on August 1, 1999. He is buried at Lower Coon Valley Lutheran in Stoddard, Wisconsin.


My experience with Semester at Sea instilled a love of travel. Besides many journeys across the United States, I have taken two trips to Israel (1984 and 2000). In 2004 I traveled independently with my two children around Italy for three weeks. [4]

Joelle with her Compostela for completing Camino

In May 2017 I walked the last 100 kilometers of the Camino in Spain from Sarria to Santiago, earning my Compostela.

In Jan 2019 I took a cruise to the Caribbean.


I have lots of cats. I’ve always taken in stray and feral cats. I have a way with taming them. My first space page was for Freddy, who in 2020 died just a few months shy of his 20th birthday.


Scottish flag
Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson has Scottish Ancestors.

I have Scottish roots on both sides. My DNA says I’m 81% Scottish. The Colvilles came from Argyll to Illinois and Ohio in the 19th century. The Crawfords came much earlier to the Southern Colonies (17th and 18th centuries). I have ancestors who were pioneers, dirt-poor farmers, aristocrats, and plantation owners who held enslaved people. I have ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. I find the stories of all of them fascinating. I will often expand the tree way beyond my blood relatives because I find their stories so interesting.

Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson is a member of the Colville Name Study Project.

I have a Colville Name Study. I am particularly interested in ancestors on my father's side who came from Kintyre, Scotland and founded a Scottish Settlement at Argyl.


Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson is a member of Clan Colville.

James Colville, my second great grandfather was born in Campbeltown, Scotland and came to Ohio with his wife, Isabell Breckenridge in 1837. His son, my great-grandfather, Robert and wife Agnes Mckay (who came to the US on the Gleaner in 1842) moved to Winnebago County, Illinois in 1857 and became part of the Scotch Settlement at Argyle.


Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson is a member of Clan Crawford.
Descendant of William Crawford Arrived in South Carolina from Scotland, 1772.

My fourth great-grandfather, William Crawford arrived from Roxburghshire, Scotland to South Carolina in 1722. (Shades of Outlander!) My uncle Roy, a Methodist minister, did a lot of research on the Crawfords in the 50s and 60s on the Crawford family. Probaby much of what we know is thanks to his work.

My Projects


I’m the Project Manager for the Illinois History My focus is on Winnebago County. I started with the Scottish Settlement in Argyle, but got interested in Rockford and surrounding areas. I’m really looking forward to working with others who are doing research on Illinois families. There’s a lot of great history in Illinois!

Illinois Cemeteries

Illinois Cemeteries Team


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Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson is a member of the Scotland Project.


Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson is a member of the One Place Studies Project.
  • One Place Studies Currently working on Harlem Township but hoping to do a few more in Winnebago County.
  • Civil War if I see a Civil War vet in my tree I always try to add him even if I don’t do the whole family so we can document the lives of the men who were part of this pivotal event in US history.
  • Louisiana Families Who knew? One of my Texas Crawfords married a gal from a prominent Old New Orleans family. Like Oscar Garic.
  • Profile Improvement I try to improve profiles when I come across them, not only by adding sources but putting it in a narrative form and organizing it

Check out my Free Spaces

52 Ancestors

Joelle has participated in 9 out of 52 weeks during the 2019 52 Ancestors Challenge.
Joelle has participated in 52 out of 52 weeks during the 2020 52 Ancestors Challenge.

I did it! In 2020 I completed 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. I've made a 52 Ancestors Free Space page to track all my answers.

My Surnames

Click on Surname to view EKA - Earliest Known Ancestor
Bain, Boyd , Breckenridge , Brown , Brown
Caldwell, Colville , Cordiner , Crawford , Culbertson
Ferguson, Foster
Harwell, Howard , Huie
Malone, Marshall , Masterson , McBain , McCormack , McKay , Montgomery , Montgomery
Pickan, Pickan , Picken
Scot, Scott , Sinclair
Watson, Wright


  1. Ancestry Record 5247 #6471869 (requires subscription). Original data: State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
    Name: Joelle Colville
    Birth Date: 2 Jul 1957
    Gender: Female
    Mother's Maiden Name: Crawford
    Birth County: Los Angeles
  2. In 1988 the ALC merged with other synods to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
  3. "Wisconsin Marriage Index, 1973-1997," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 December 2014), Loren Paul Hanson and Joelle Colville, 04 Jul 1987; from "Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997," database, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing certificate number 015307, roll 10, Dane, Wisconsin, Department of Health and Family Services, Madison.
  4. 2004 Italy

See also:

  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch ( : 23 May 2014), Joelle Hanson-Colville, Residence, Roland, Iowa, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch ( : 16 May 2014), Joelle Colville-Hanson, Residence, Sioux City, Iowa, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

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Hi Joelle

We are real distant 12th cousins once or twice removed from George Ramsey of Dalhousie and Elizabeth Hepburn

posted by Colin Whitehead
Hi Joelle,

I am your seventh cousin twice removed through the Knowltons. I also have family in the Birnamwood/Wittenberg area so have a connection to those places you have been. Thanks for the great interview.


It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

PS Congrats on the Member of the Week!

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Joelle,

As I posted on your Member of the Week Interview thread today, I was shocked and pleased to discover that you and I are 5th cousins once removed. You are a 5th cousin to my mother. We are both descended from John Breckenridge and Janet Pickan from Argyll, Scotland. We both also show up on the DNA record for John and Janet as well.

My branch of the Breckenridge family emigrated to New Zealand, and I have also emigrated from NZ to Canada.



Hey whaddaya know! Glad to meet you Cousin. You should check out the Argyll tree. If you are related to one person from Kintrye you are probably related in some way to them all.
Hello name is Scott Wessel

I also have scotish 25% Scot plus other England & Northwestern Europe Ireland Sweden Norway Germanic Europe

posted by Scott Wessel
edited by Scott Wessel
Hello cousin! Great interview!
posted by Carrie (Hall) Richman
Thanks Joelle, but my g/father was a New Zealand Lighthouse Keeper, not a Scottish one.
posted by Ian Fleming
Oops. Sorry about that! 🤣🤣🤣
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on your Generous Genealogist award issued on June 13, 2020.

John Williams


Wikitree Appreciation Team

posted by Anonymous Williams

Hi Joelle,

As a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I want to congratulate you on your Community Star Badge you received on April 18, 2020.

John Williams

posted by Anonymous Williams

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steve Harris Harris
Hello Joelle,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Hi. I am already on the Scotland project and am interested in working with the Colville Clan though am not sure there is anyone else working on that clan.
Thank you, joelle, for adding me to the Illinois project. If you look closely, you will see that about half of the currently listed counties were listed by me. I was really motivated to make progress, and then Wikitree blocked my account for ten days due to a malicious project leader in another project. I'm just getting back into Wikitree, and gearing up slowly to make sure nobody has a target on me. I also just added Crains Island to the Illinois towns; another page I had created earlier this year. Hopefully, we can make some substantial progress this Winter.
posted by David Thomson III
Hi Joelle, I am interested in joining the Illinois project. I am a descendant of at least eight of the pioneers who settled Illinois before it became a State. I have been developing a web site for Illinois Pioneers to provide information on Illinois pioneers and the challenges they faced. I have also been working on Illinois cemeteries as I encounter those not listed, or which need the new info box. My main interest is in the Southern part of the State, as this is where Illinois was first settled by Europeans.
posted by David Thomson III
Thank you, Joelle, for every one of your more than one thousand contributions to our Shared Tree during the month of September. The Appreciation Team honors you for all of your efforts.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Joelle, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Joelle

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Louisiana Families Project.

To get the most out of collaborating with other project members, if you haven't already done so, please check the project page for the tag and communication methods used and join the conversation. If you would like some guidance about ways in which you can contribute, please ask in G2G using the project tag on your question.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Joelle

On behalf of the Louisiana Families Project, we are doing a periodic check-in with members. Please review the project page [1], 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

Hi Joelle!

In July 2019, you made 1000+ (actually, over 2900!) contributions to our Shared Tree! I commend for your time and effort. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Joelle,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


Joelle, I see you added a Loynachan to our Colville-Fleming-Turner tree. That would be the 2nd one, since my Drain tree and the Fleming tree already have a Loynachan intersection.
posted by David Richter
Hello, Joelle!

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

posted by Pip Sheppard