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


Vol. 8, No. 3, March 10, 2006




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** General Comments

** Trip to England this May

** Graves Gathering in Doraville, GA on March 12

** New DNA Study Results

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things






The reason for sending this issue of the bulletin while I am still in Florida is to announce some of the details of my trip to England in May.  With only two months to go, planning time is getting short.


Some of the other things that are happening with the formation of Graves Family Association chapters, new DNA test results, etc., will be in the next issue.






I will be going to England the middle of May.  The purpose of the trip is primarily to meet as many descendants of Graves, Greaves, and Grieve families as possible, and get family information and DNA samples from them.


Because some people have asked whether they can go with me, I have made arrangements for 4 people to go along.  If you have already asked to go or if you would like to, please let me know as soon as possible.  Because the group will be so small, it will be basically whoever gets back to me first.  You can reach me by email through Friday, March 10, and for the 3 days after that only by cell phone at 508-369-5217.


The tentative plan is for the organized part of the tour to last about a week, from Wednesday, May 10 to Tuesday, May 16.  There will be 6 meetings with Graves/Greaves descendants in Hertford, Boston, York, Sunderland, Keswick, Chester, and Coventry. We will be staying in bed and breakfast lodging. Our tour guide will be Archie Affleck-Graves, a very experienced, knowledgeable, interesting guide who is also a Graves descendant. He will drive us in a Toyota Previa van that comfortably seats 5 passengers. So 4 people plus me plus the guide will be the contingent.


We have the option of staying an extra day in a couple of interesting locations such as Keswick (in the Lake District) and York, and also of adding additional time of our own onto the beginning or the end (for instance, to do research in London).  These and other details (including cost) will be finalized very soon.






If you live anywhere near Atlanta, GA, try to be at this gathering.  Vicki tells me that she will have sandwich fixings and drinks available.  She is expecting a good turnout.


SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 1 PM: Reunion at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 4278 Chamblee Tucker Rd., Doraville, GA.  It is a little northeast of Atlanta, just a short distance from the intersection of Routes 85 and 285.


Vicki Watkins is the one organizing the gathering.  She can be contacted at or on her cell phone at 770-841-7571.


To contact me, you can send email to, or call my cell phone number, 508-369-5217.


This gathering will be a good opportunity to share family information, learn more about your Graves/Greaves ancestry, learn about the DNA study and even take a DNA test, and ask me questions.






In the past month or so, there have been 13 new sets of DNA test results reported.  Seven of those were announced in the previous bulletin.  The additional 6 will be discussed in the next bulletin, and all will be added to the appropriate summary tables and charts within the next week or so.


There have also been 4 additional tests ordered in the last month.


If your part of the family (any spelling, including Graves, Greaves, Grieve, etc.) has not yet been tested, now is the time to find a male descendants with the Graves/Greaves/Grieve surname and get them to take part.  See the GFA website for instructions.





This bulletin is written and edited by Kenneth V. Graves,  Ken Graves was also editor of the Graves Family Newsletter (no longer published).  This bulletin will contain announcements and news of special interest to Graves descendants with Internet access.  It will not contain queries, genealogies, photos, and the kind of in-depth articles that used to appear in the Graves Family Newsletter.



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