Jillaine Smith
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Jillaine Smith

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Jillaine S. Smith
Born 1950s.
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Daughter of [private father (1920s - unknown)] and
Sister of [private sister (1940s - unknown)], [private sister (1950s - unknown)] and [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
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Descendant of PGM migrant Thomas Tobey.
Descendant of PGM migrant Thomas Mayhew.
Descendant of PGM migrant William Swift.



Jillaine was born at the tail end of the baby boom, youngest of four children of her parents.[1] Raised in California, she moved to Washington DC in the mid 1990s to marry PDB. Jillaine and PDB are members of the Bethesda Friends Meeting.

Jillaine is a Friend (Quaker)

She has made her career supporting the nonprofit sector, and since August 2011 has been one of three co-founders of Fourth Quadrant Partners, LLC.

Jillaine started researching her family in 1998. She also maintains a set of (now archival) genealogy pages at RootsWeb.

Her research areas include:

  • Colonial New England (post Mayflower); she published an article in the NEHGS Register about the two Richard Taylors of Yarmouth, MA.
  • Southwest Germany (including the ability to decipher old German church records); in particular, she is documenting the town of Schwenningen (now part of current-day Schwenningen-Villingen), especially the 1847 town-subsidized emigration of the poor.

Previously, she conducted research professionally, and was a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; she retains membership with New England Historic Genealogical Society and National Genealogy Society and is a graduate/survivor of ESM's Course 4 at IGHR.

Roles on WikiTree include (as of 24 October 2020):

  • Project Leader Emeritus; but still actively contributing as a Project Coordinator to Native Americans Project.

Wikitree Free Space Pages

  • Jillaine's Dream Source Help Page - what I'd like to see replace the numerous different help pages concerning sources and citations.
  • My to-do list
  • Jillaine's Sources - sources I cite regularly.
  • Soldiers in King Philip's War - probably a stupid idea, but an effort to convert what's in a public domain work to an index-- linked to pertinent wikitree profiles-- of those who fought in this 17th century colonial war with Native Americans in New England. Incomplete.

(I've also started following Rick Pierpoint's excellent example and have started creating freespace Source pages; just wish I knew how to find them...)

Wiki-Will for Digital Afterlife

In the event of my death or incapacity for more than 90 days, I give the following permission:

  • I would like all of the profiles for people not living, and which I alone manage, to be changed to Open. This is up to and including my own profile.
  • Space pages which I have created for projects should be assigned to the project accounts of those projects (if not already done)
  • Other space pages can all be changed to Open.

Should these profiles / pages not be accessed within 180 days from my demise, the Wikitree staff shall have full and total access to manage said space and profiles in any way they see fit, up to and including assigning them to any willing Profile Manger, orphaning them, or deleting them.


  1. "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2BJ-4QN : 27 November 2014), Jillaine S Smith, 21 Jan 1959; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  • Birth: Birth certificate of Jillaine S. Smith, details withheld for privacy purposes
  • Marriage: Marriage Certificate - PDB and Jillaine S. Smith, Ithaca, New York, June 1995. Details withheld for privacy purposes.

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This is the semi-annual polling for the US Southern Colonies Project check-in with members to see if you have been active in the last six months in this project?

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the US Southern Colonies Project that you respond to these check-ins.

I look forward to hearing from you.. Many thanks,

Mary, Project Coordinator, - Membership US Southern Colonies Project

posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson
Hi Mary, thanks for doing these check-ins and everything else you've been doing to support the project. I have not really been active in US SC for the last year. I periodically work on profiles that fall within its scope, but I could not call myself an active member.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Jillaine, I guess that slipped by me of your inactivity.

Do you still want to be a member of US SC? You led the project and contributed a lot in the beginning..!!


posted by Mary Richardson
Jillaine! - Hi, it's Magda (Buffalo roots here). We are working on this week's WikiTree Challenge for Jimmy Wales. He has St. Peter's Lutheran Church connection through the Lewenitcht family. The immigrants family are buried in the St. Peter's section of Concordia Cemetery (which got a big overhaul with a cemetery restoration this past summer, btw).

I found this by you > http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~jillaine/genealogy/stpeters/

Because of Covid, I am not going to libraries this month.

Do you have notes of any Lewenitches in your research from St. Peter's?



posted by Maggie N.
Hi Magda! Did you see at the bottom of the page the links to the spreadsheets? That's all I got... they're only the earliest years. Using ctrl-F, I only found a "Lew" in each of the two Marriage spreadsheets. I didn't check the others.

I believe I still have the St Peters film on permanent loan at my local LDS, but I haven't been there for two years, and don't even know if they're open now. (I'm in the Washington DC area.) I haven't checked to see if they've digitized St Peters at familysearch.org.

SOMEWHERE, I think I have a spreadsheet of Concordia burials, but if I ever put it online, I took it down because it was really the work of someone else, and a gazillion years ago, the cemetery association was hoping to make some revenue from lookups. Was Concordia ever recorded at findagrave?

So glad to hear of the restoration. I visited in 2000 and it was pretty pitiful. I have Betz ancestors still buried there.

posted by Jillaine Smith
Hi Jillaine!

Thanks for contributing to Puritan Great Migration profiles over the last six months. Every little bit helps, so please keep those edits coming! And I know you've been pretty busy with non-WikiTree stuff, so thanks for what you've been able to do :)

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members twice per year and it's that time again. Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  1. If you'd like to continue as a PGM project team member
  2. If you're happy with the team you're on (Research and/or Profile Improvement) or if you'd like to make a change
  3. Optionally, what you like since the reboot back in May or what you think could be improved. This could be something about Discord, or Google Groups, or managed profile spreadsheets, or challenge participation or really anything. If you like everything the way it is, you can let me know that too :)

If you'd like to tell me about a particular project or family you're working on, I'd love to hear about that as well.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Brad Stauf, PGM membership coordinator

posted by Brad Stauf
Brad, for some reason, I did not see this message until now. I think the "reboot" is going beautifully.

While I'm not a very proactive project member, I do find myself working on PGM profiles from time to time. Recently, I've been working on the Stephen Upton and related (or not, as the case may be) profiles because of a dupe someone created that surfaced disputed relations that I handled. If that's sufficient for remaining on the Research and/or Profile Improvement team(s), I'd like to stay. But if you're requiring more proactive involvement, feel free to remove me.

Thanks for all you and other project leads are doing to keep PGM going strong.

posted by Jillaine Smith
Thanks for the kind words! Your contribution levels are great and high quality as always so we are very pleased to keep your reserved parking spot at PGM headquarters in place. :)
posted by Brad Stauf

Here information to Queen Aliquippa son could you add him as I can’t seem to do nothing. Love this woman lol.




I see this has been resolved now.
posted by Jillaine Smith

I tryied to put notable and Seneca Native American sticker on this one keeps kicking me out. Could you look at it please. I know she famous and a Seneca. I added biography and bunch sources I found on her. The best source I found was George Washington Journals lol. What a find lol.




not sure what you mean by "keeps kicking me out." I don't see anything in the changes log that indicates you tried to add a sticker.

I can't speak to the Notables sticker. You'll need to ask the Notables project.

I added a Native American sticker. I see she has a duplicate. I proposed a merge. Ultimately we need to change her Last name at birth to Seneca.

There is also duplicative text in the narrative, but I advise working in the narrative after the merge is complete.

posted by Jillaine Smith
Readings Washington's journal. It's great.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Name: John Hicks Record Type: Marriage by license Marriage Date: 24 Sep 1605

Marriage Place: St Mary, Islington, Islington, Middlesex, England Spouse: Joane Wilbes London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P83/MRY1/1166 image 181 - https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/1624/images/31280_197184-00192?usePUB=true&_phsrc=IzZ7906&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&pId=2453487 ...did not see the entry in the two databases of marriage licenses

posted by Beryl Meehan
Jillaine, in our WikiTree challenge this week, Maggie is finding that an ancestor of the Schoolcraft family is said to be a Native American woman. Are there any project volunteers who might be able to assist us? We're tracking our work here:


posted by Karen Lowe
I responded on the thread. Good luck.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Well, I don't know the origins of that specific date.


Patricia, what are you responding to? Or about?
posted by Jillaine Smith
Oh, I found it. Johannes Priesz's profile.
posted by Jillaine Smith
We can figure out an estimate from other data. I'll take a look.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Hi, I was wondering if you are a Descendant of George Truitt-313? I did a Relationship FINDER and we don't LINK? Just wondered.
posted by Carole Taylor
Nope; I'm helping out the US Southern Colonies project with a review of profiles that had "errors" on them (project box without PPP or project account, etc.), so George came up on my list.
posted by Jillaine Smith
I appreciate what you are doing to help Liz and the project! Unfortunately, I continue to be overwhelmed with work night and day plus some weekends due to the pandemic that I cannot commit right now, although I would love to help! With David out, I am trying to make sure I cover Southern Pioneers with Mary’s help. I know he was working hard with Southern Colonies also so I know Liz appreciates your help! I am hoping that i can add more staff at work by the Fall. As soon as is possible, I will return to my regular participation because it is my stress relief!! Thanks for the note and the information!
posted by Paula J
Thanks for the help on updating profiles to fit current PPP. I am trying to keep up with the messages even though I am at work so I don’t miss any, but that means less communication so I wanted to stop and sincerely thank you for your help and messages!!! I really appreciate your help!
posted by Paula J
Thanks, Paula. I appreciate the thanks.

I'm not actively involved in US SC any more, but offered to help Liz work through the errors list on managed profiles. Since I don't have a Leader badge anymore, I can't make the changes myself so have to rely on others. Sorry to be bothering you with it; will try to keep my requests of you to a minimum. Liz is looking for a co-leader for US SC; do you think you could help?

posted by Jillaine Smith
Wow! Thanks for the note....


posted by Ellen Smith
Well don't get too excited; since posting it, I realized there's a very weak link in the chain between us, and I am probably NOT descended from the common ancestor, Peter Minuit-- and you probably aren't either. Oh well, our relatedness was brief and wonderful while it lasted...
posted by Jillaine Smith

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