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. 9, No. 3, March 7, 2007
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** General Comments
** Help Still Needed for Important GFA Tasks
Help Needed Especially for
June 2007 Reunion in
** Other Reunions
** 1692 Will of John Graves of VA Needs Transcribing
by Ken Graves at Family History Conference in
** New Announcements from Family Tree DNA
** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things
time here in
Most of the planning for the June reunion in Williamsburg is now complete, the revised schedule with costs is now on the website, and (as part of the planning for the tour in June) I will be stopping on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on the way home to see the places where Capt. Thomas Graves lived and worshipped. Other details about that reunion, other reunions, and other exciting happenings are discussed in this issue of the Bulletin.
HELP STILL NEEDED FOR IMPORTANT GFA TASKS
Website Design: As a result of this announcement in the previous issue of this Bulletin, we did get one volunteer to help. However, more help is needed if the new features that are needed are to be added in the near future. I know some of you have some expertise in this area, and there are others who have children or other relatives who are expert web designers. Because I don’t have all the knowledge needed and I am having difficulty finding satisfactory professional assistance, I would appreciate help. The most important feature to be added to the website is a “members only” section that would be password protected and would contain databases and other information of special interest and benefit to members. It would also allow members to update their personal information and pay dues online.
Other features to be added will include an online store where books, Graves/Greaves products, etc. can be purchased.
If you have the expertise and the willingness to assist with some of this, please let me know.
Publicity and Promotion: Getting the goals and
activities of the Graves Family Association mentioned in magazines and
newspapers around the
Membership Recruitment: One of the tasks that
would be very helpful is contacting all genealogy and history societies in the
NEEDED ESPECIALLY FOR
Musical entertainment at June reunion
be nice to have some musical entertainment at our June reunion in
Genealogies in Genealogy Programs, and Large Family Charts
I want to provide large wall charts of descendants for the families that will be at the June reunion. These charts can easily be generated from genealogies in any of the common genealogy programs such as Family Tree Maker. The problem is that all the many genealogies that are on my computer and on the GFA website are in Microsoft Word rather than in a genealogy program. That is because when I started compiling genealogies in the 1970’s there were no such programs in existence.
what I want to do now (especially for the Capt. Thomas Graves genealogy, but
also for all other genealogies) is to put all the information into a genealogy
program. I know some of you have entered
huge amounts of family information from your own research or have transferred
the information from a genealogy on the GFA website. If you have a very large and fairly complete
genealogy for any
2007 REUNION IN
is still time to register for the reunion in
you are thinking about attending, you may still be able to get a room at the
There is now an updated registration form and schedule of events on the website. The new form has many more details of the schedule and costs for the meals and tours. Even if you have sent the preliminary registration form, you now need to send the information on this final registration form and your payment to reserve your place for the dinners and tours.
Information about the following GFA reunions is also on our website.
Sunday, June 23-24, 2007,
Anyone who would like to help with this or who might
like to attend, please contact Jim Graves
or call 502-347-0967, or Mary Lou
Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
859-846-4087. They would especially appreciate your help in contacting your
cousins and other
Saturday, July 27-28 2007, probably Waco, TX, for all
March 2008 - Reunion for all Graves and Greaves families,
All the following books are still available for purchase in hardcover format, as described on the GFA website.
ROBERT GRAVES of Anson Co., NC and Chesterfield Co., SC, Ancestors and Descendants
This book is about all known
descendants of Robert Graves, sixth generation descendant of Capt. Thomas
Graves, who arrived in
Born before 1585 in
A summary of all Graves/Greaves families everywhere. Contains a summary genealogy (at least the first 2 generations) of 200 families, a brief description of 39 others with insufficient information for a genealogy, and discussion of possible connections between some of the families. Published in 1994, 509 pages, $41.00 + $3.00 shipping.
REAR ADMIRAL THOMAS GRAVES of
Born 1605 at Ratcliff or
DEACON GEORGE GRAVES of
The following books are not yet available. Announcements will be made as soon as more is known.
CAPT. THOMAS GRAVES OF VA
1692 WILL OF JOHN GRAVES OF VA NEEDS TRANSCRIBING
Karen Chilton Beverly,
descended from Capt. Thomas Graves of VA (genealogy 169), recently told me
about a reference to a will in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (
I would like to develop a complete list of all immigrants
BY KEN GRAVES AT FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE IN
Ken Graves will be making two presentations at the
2007 Franklin Family History Conference on Saturday, April 21, in
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FAMILY TREE DNA
The following announcements were in the recent newsletter from our DNA testing company, Family Tree DNA, but I thought they might be of broader interest to some of you who didn’t see them.
Family Tree DNA now has over 132,000 records in its database. They have over 90,000 records of Y-DNA results, and over 3,900 Surname Projects, which include over 60,000 surnames. Their mtDNA database has over 41,000 results.
Family Tree DNA is pleased to
announce the opening of a European office in
"Opening this new office is just the latest company expansion designed to improve services to our customers," says Family Tree DNA President Bennett Greenspan. "It solves the problem of our international clientele preferring to pay for our products in their specific country's currency or in Euros and being able to write an e-mail or pick up the phone to ask a question in their own language."
To contact the European office or to order products through the European office, use the link below:
Family Tree DNA is pleased to announce that the Autosomal and X-STR testing panels are now available to new customers. Customers can order Autosomal Makers Panel 1, Autosomal Markers Panels 1 & 2, X-STR Markers Panel 1, or X-STR Markers Panels 1 & 2. These are the same testing panels that are already available as Advanced Order add-ons for existing customers. For more information about these tests, please click on the link below:
The Genographic Project
The Genographic Project is a real time effort to map how humankind populated the earth. It is a five-year research partnership between National Geographic and IBM with support from the Waitt Family Foundation, and public participation through Family Tree DNA.
If you have tested with Family Tree DNA, you can join the Genographic Project and participate in this real time research project.
If you haven't yet joined the Genographic Project, go to your Personal Page at Family Tree DNA, and click the tab labeled Genographic Project. There is a small fee of $15.00 USD (US Dollars) to join the Genographic Project. Proceeds from this fee will be directed to the Genographic Legacy Fund, which supports local education and cultural preservation efforts to benefit the participating indigenous populations.
A Personal Page will be created for you at the Genographic Project web site. This page will provide information about your distant origins. In addition, there is an optional questionnaire, where you can provide information about your family history and approve the inclusion of your data in the research project to assist the Genographic Project with achieving their goals.
To learn more about the Genographic Project, click on the link below:
Sign up for the new email newsletter from the Genographic Project. You will be kept informed about the latest news on field research, Genographic stories and highlights from the Genographic Project Web site. To subscribe to this new newsletter, click on the link below, and page down until you see the Genographic Project.
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