GRAVES FAMILY BULLETIN

 

Vol. 18, No. 4, June 18, 2016

 

A Free, Occasional, Online Summary of Items of Interest to Descendants of all Families of Graves, Greaves, Grieves, Grave, and other spelling variations Worldwide

 

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CONTENTS

 

** General Comments

** Father’s Day DNA Sale by Family Tree DNA

** Identity of Graves Family Whose Child Was Killed by Alligator

** Updates to the GFA Website

** Helpful Blog Articles About FTDNA’s Family Finder

** Graves Gathering in Bardstown, KY, This September

** Latest Announcement from Ancestry About Family Tree Maker

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things

 

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GENERAL COMMENTS

 

It seems to be more of a struggle this year to issue these bulletins on a regular basis – too many things happening in my life, and I’m not getting any younger.  Thanks very much to those of you who supported my bicycle ride last Saturday to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association; today I ran several track events in the Massachusetts Senior Games (some of us have a strange idea of fun).

 

A couple of the articles in this issue need to be sent now, especially the one about the DNA sale.  I hope you find something helpful here.  Enjoy Father’s Day tomorrow and the first day of summer on Monday!

 

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FATHER’S DAY DNA SALE BY FAMILY TREE DNA

 

Family Tree DNA is offering discounts on upgrade pricing during our Father's Day Sale. Their announcement states: Starting at midnight tonight (June 16) and ending on Monday, June 20th at 11:59pm CDT, sale pricing for the discounted upgrades will be as follows:

 

Y12-Y25

$49

$40

Y12-Y37

$99

$79

Y25-Y37

$49

$40

Y37-Y67

$99

$79

Y37-Y111

$220

$188

Y67-Y111

$129

$109

HVR1-FMS

$159

$139

HVR2 (mtDNA Plus)-FMS

$139

$129

 

In addition to the discounted upgrade pricing above, we also have discounts on these select testing bundles:

 

Y37 + Family Finder

$268

$218

Y67 + Family Finder

$367

$288

Comprehensive Genome (FF+Y67+FMS)

$566

$449

 

Please note that while invoiced orders (Bill me later option) can be placed during the sale, we will only be able to honor the sale price for those orders if they order are paid by the end of the sale.

 

Ancestry Autosomal Transfer update:

As you may know, Ancestry has changed to a new chip for their testing, and has also recently changed the format of their autosomal raw data files. This new format is currently incompatible with our database, preventing holders of these new file types from transferring their autosomal data to us. We are working to adjust and make those files compatible with our system as soon as possible, and we have this placed at a high priority so that those Ancestry testers who have tested under their new chip may transfer to our database.

 

Please note that this issue only affects those who have recently tested with Ancestry- people who have tested with Ancestry prior to the recent change in their testing chip are still able to transfer.

 

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IDENTITY OF GRAVES FAMILY WHOSE CHILD WAS KILLED BY ALLIGATOR

 

In a tragic event at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, an alligator attacked and killed a 2-year-old boy on Tuesday, June 14.  There have been many stories about this, and you can see one of them here and another from Fox News here.  Ways to send donations or sympathy messages are mentioned in both articles, and a donation page raised over $50,000 in 2 days, before being ended.

 

The boy was Lane Graves and his parents are Matthew and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn (part of Omaha), Nebraska.  They are descended from genealogy 166, John Graves of Concord, MA.  The line of descent is: (1) John, (2) Benjamin, (3) Benjamin, (4) Jedediah, (5) Jonah, (6) Increase, (7) Sterling, (8) Amariah Barnum, (9) John Asbury, (10) Lloyd Ellsworth, (11) Robert James, (12) James Allen, (13) Matthew James Graves.

 

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UPDATES TO THE GFA WEBSITE

 

Updated pages:

           charts.php, Numerical listing of genealogies & charts

           reunions.php, Past and future Graves/Greaves trips and gatherings

 

Updated charts:

           chart270.pdf

           chart047-connections.pdf

           R-Y-SNP-Chart.pdf, SNP chart of the R Haplogroup

 

New Genealogies:

           Gen. 554, Francis Marion Graves and Emily Eliza Gentry of AL & TX

 

Revised genealogies:

           Gen. 74, Alexander Graves of NC & GA

           Gen. 78, James Graves and Sarah ------ of SC & GA

           Gen. 169, Capt. Thomas Graves of VA

           Gen. 270, John Graves/Greaves of Northamptonshire, England and VA

           Gen, 479, James Grieve and Catherine McCue of Downpatrick, Co., Down, Ireland

 

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HELPFUL BLOG ARTICLES ABOUT FTDNA’S FAMILY FINDER

 

Roberta Estes has written many interesting and helpful articles that I have occasionally mentioned.  In her DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog, there are 3 recent articles that may be helpful.  Clicking here will take you to the Family Finder category on her website.  At that link, the first article is part of a new Concepts series titled Managing Autosomal DNA Matches, and explains how to download autosomal DNA data from Family Tree DNA in preparing to get the most value from your test results.  Future articles will explain what to do with those results to get the most benefit from them.

 

The next two articles explain the updates to Family Finder that were completed and announced in May.  Farther down, you will find even more articles that may be of help.

 

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LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ANCESTRY ABOUT FAMILY TREE MAKER

 

On March 2, Ancestry posted a blog article titled “Family Tree Maker Is Updated and Shipping Now.”  You can read the article here.  In it they announce that a company called Software MacKiev has officially begun shipping updated versions of Family Tree Maker for both Windows and Mac.  “With this, you will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and are able to continue to save your tree on Ancestry and keep it consistent with your tree in Family Tree Maker.”  For more information, click here to go to the FTM page on MacKiev.

 

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GRAVES GATHERING IN BARDSTOWN, KY, THIS SEPTEMBER

 

There will be a Graves family gathering in historic Bardstown, KY, on September 8-10, 2016.  Following a successful 2015 gathering in Harrisonburg, VA, this event is being planned by two participants from 2015, Deb Lowe of Danville, KY, and Michael (“Mike”) D. Graves of Humble, TX.  The focus is on the group of Graves descendants who share a common ancestry (probably from Francis Graves, genealogy 220) from Virginia in the 1700s.  Other genealogies on the Graves Family Association website that are related include 77, 94, 118, 150, 152, 215, and 511.  A couple of the charts on the GFA website that show possible relationships of many of these related Graves families can be seen here and here, and a fairly complete list of all the genealogies descended from this common Graves ancestor can be seen here.

 

For more information about the gathering, click on this link.

 

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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN:

This bulletin is written and edited by Kenneth V. Graves, ken.graves@gravesfa.org.

 

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