GRAVES FAMILY BULLETIN

 

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. 13, No. 7, December 28, 2011

 

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CONTENTS:

 

** General Comments

** Reminder About GFA Meeting in Arlington, VA, Jan. 15

** Reminder About Special Offer on DNA Testing from Family Tree DNA

** Why Use Family Tree DNA for DNA Testing?

** Using GEDMatch.com & Ancestor-Projects.com for Autosomal DNA Matching

** Surname Information from the 2000 U.S. Census

** 1940 U.S. Census to be Released April 2, 2012

** Queries Relating to Graves Families

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things

 

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GENERAL COMMENTS

 

Sarah and I wish all of you a very happy and healthy Christmas season, and much personal and genealogical success in the New Year.

 

Please take advantage of the DNA testing offer mentioned again in this issue of the Bulletin, if you have not already done so.  Also, consider joining the Graves Family Association page on Facebook; it has become an effective means of communication.

 

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REMINDER ABOUT GFA MEETING IN ARLINGTON, VA, JANUARY 15

 

As announced in the Dec. 7 issue of the Bulletin, there will be a meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Graves Family Association in the Williamsburg Room of the Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA, at 12 noon, Sunday, January 15.  Attendees will be eating the ANCC Sunday buffet at $22 per person.  Payment does not need to be made in advance. All Graves and Greaves descendants from all families are urged to attend.  To let them know you expect to be there, contact Ernie Graves at erniegraves@compuserve.com.

 

Schedule will be: registration, 11:30 AM-12:00 noon, buffet lunch, 12:00 noon-12:45 PM, announcements, 12:30-12:45 PM, program, 12:45-2:00 PM.  I will be available after the program for additional questions and discussion.

 

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REMINDER ABOUT SPECIAL OFFER ON DNA TESTING FROM FAMILY TREE DNA

 

The special reduced price off on DNA testing from Family Tree DNA will end at midnight, December 31, and all new tests and upgrades must be paid for by then.  For the success of our effort at connecting all the various genealogies and finding your earlier Graves/Greaves ancestry, it is important for all families to be tested.  To inquire about possible financial help, contact Ken Graves at ken.graves@gravesfa.org.

 

To see which families have already been tested for Y-DNA, find your genealogy on the Charts page at https://gravesfa.org/charts.html.  Although the information on that page about which genealogies (families) have had a male with a Graves/Greaves surname take a Y-DNA is not completely up-to-date, it is close.  If you see a red “No” in the DNA test column, then a test is needed to find which other genealogy or genealogies your part of the family is connected to.  Now is the time to order a test and have a family member tested!

 

You can see more details in the article in an earlier issue of this Bulletin at https://gravesfa.org/gfb13-5.html, including prices.

 

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WHY USE FAMILY TREE DNA FOR DNA TESTING?

 

This question was asked recently by someone who pointed out that there are companies other than Family Tree DNA that do DNA testing.

 

There are a number of other companies that also provide DNA testing, especially Y-DNA testing and Mitochondrial DNA testing. 23andMe offers autosomal DNA testing which I recommend if you want to find even more matches after you have tested at Family Tree DNA. (And testing at 23andMe is the thing to do if you are primarily interested in the health and disease aspects of DNA testing.) But if people test at a variety of companies, it is very difficult to compare their results, and comparing results is one of the most important parts of the process. No other testing company has nearly as many surname and other projects (most have none), the variety of tests, and the level of company-provided customer support plus volunteer support (like from me). I have no connection with Family Tree DNA and receive no benefits or payments of any kind from them. We have used them for 10 years and the results are just better that those from other companies.

 

If you or someone you know has already tested at any company that used the Sorenson 33 or 46-marker Y-DNA test, including Ancestry.com, Gene Tree, and Sorenson’s SMGF, you can transfer those results to Family Tree DNA for a small additional fee, as explained at http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/ydna-transfer.aspx.  The reasons given there for transferring to FTDNA are:

·          Family Tree DNA is the world leader in DNA testing for genealogy with the largest genetic genealogy databases.

·          Over 90% of genealogists choose to test with Family Tree DNA, creating the largest community of active genealogists in the industry.

·          Transferring will allow you to join projects, communicate with experts, and network with people who share your interests and your heritage.

 

If the testing was with DNA Heritage, the results can be transferred as explained at http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/dna-heritage.aspx, since DNA Heritage has been acquired by FTDNA.

 

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USING GEDMATCH.COM & ANCESTOR-PROJECTS.COM FOR AUTOSOMAL DNA MATCHING

 

Shannon Christmas wrote on our GFA Facebook page: “I notice that some of us have tested with 23andMe while others have tested with Family Tree DNA's Family Finder. Generally, those who have tested with one service are unable to view matches they would have seen had they tested with the other service.”  The following article submitted, by Shannon, describes a good solution to this problem.  If you have questions, you can contact her on the GFA Facebook page or at her email address given below.

 

For those who have done autosomal DNA testing with FamilyTreeDNA’s Family Finder and/or 23andMe’s Relative Finder, there’s a new free tool for getting more out of genetic genealogy: GEDMatch.com.  GEDMatch.com allows you to upload your DNA data files and your GEDCOM file to find and explore connections to previously unknown relatives that are in both FTDNA’s database and 23andMe’s database. To get started, go to http://gedmatch.com/ and scroll down to UPLOAD YOUR DATA FILES.

 

GEDMatch’s sister site, http://ancestor-projects.com/, allows those who have uploaded their data on GEDMatch to join free ancestry projects where “people with common ancestry can share their information with each other.”  Shannon Christmas has created such a project for descendants of Captain Thomas Graves (Gen 169) to aid GFA’s DNA initiative. The goal is to pinpoint shared DNA segments inherited from common Graves ancestors in Genealogy 169 (https://gravesfa.org/gen169.htm).

 

To participate in the Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Project:

·          Upload your GEDCOM and DNA data files to http://gedmatch.com/

·          Register at ancestor-projects: http://ancestor-projects.com/register.php

·          Using the email address you used to register with ancestor-projects, email Project Administrator shannon.christmas04@post.harvard.edu with “CAPT. THOMAS GRAVES PROJECT” in the subject line. Include the name(s) of the project participant(s) in the body of your email.

·          Try whenever possible to add only the eldest living generation of Graves descendants in your family to the project; too many close relatives can distort the data.

 

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SURNAME INFORMATION FROM THE 2000 U.S. CENSUS

 

The following information is from the U.S. Census Bureau website at http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/data/2000surnames/index.html.  For a shorter version of that, use http://tinyurl.com/2eba2ut.

 

Tabulations of all surnames occurring 100 or more times in the Census 2000 returns are provided in the files listed on that website. The first link on that website page explains the methodology used for identifying and editing names data. The second link provides an Excel file of the top 1000 surnames. The third link provides zipped Excel and CSV (comma separated) files of the complete list of 151,671 names. The top ten surnames are:

Name

Number Of Occurrences

Smith

2,376,206

Johnson

1,857,160

Williams

1,534,042

Brown

1,380,145

Jones

1,362,755

Miller

1,127,803

Davis

1,072,335

Garcia

858,289

Rodriguez

804,240

Wilson

783,051

 

A racial/ethnic breakout of the surnames is available also.  The distribution for the Graves surname is shown below.  It is interesting to see that more than 23% of the number identify themselves as black.  This indicates that black Graves families in the U.S. are under-represented in the genealogies on the GFA website.

 

Of the top 1000 surnames in the U.S. in 2000, only the spelling variation of Graves appeared.  Other spelling variations undoubtedly appear in another file that can be downloaded containing all surnames occurring 100 or more times (151,671 surnames).

 

Surname

Graves

Rank

340

Count

82179

Number/100,000

30.46

Cumulative number/100,000

28421.39

Percent White

71.95

Percent Black

23.56

Percent API (Asian Pacific Islanders)

0.37

Percent Asian

0.72

Percent 2 or more races

1.74

Percent Hispanic

1.66

 

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1940 U.S. CENSUS TO BE RELEASED APRIL 2, 2012

 

The 1940 U.S. census will be made available by the National Archives starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012.  There will initially be no index, but indexing by private organizations will be proceeding as discussed below.  The National Archives FAQ page on the 1940 census reports that until there is an index, “You can locate people by identifying the enumeration district in which they lived in 1940 and then browsing the Census population schedules for that enumeration district.” 

If you don’t know where an ancestor lived in 1940, you can follow the suggestions on the Start Your 1940 Census Research Page.

(See Preparing for the Opening of the 1940 Census”
by Lynn Betlock, Editor, The Weekly Genealogist (NEHGS newsletter), Dec. 7, 2011, http://www.americanancestors.org/wg-vol-14-no-49/.)

 

Steve Morse's 1940 census information page contains numerous strategies for locating ancestors using his free One-Step tools and a source checklist that might yield 1940 addresses. Mr. Morse also provides useful background on the 1940 census.

 

As reported by Dick Eastman, EOGN, Dec. 19, 2011, two companies and one non-profit have combined forces to produce indexes for the 1940 U.S. census.  A press release states: “Three leading genealogy organizations, Archives.com, FamilySearch International, and findmypast.com, announced today they are joining forces to launch the 1940 US Census Community Project. The ambitious project aims to engage online volunteers to quickly publish a searchable, high quality name index to the 1940 US Census after it is released in April 2012 by the National Archives and Record Administration of the United States (NARA). The highly anticipated 1940 US Census is expected to be the most popular US record collection released to date. Its completion will allow anyone to search the record collection by name for free online. Learn more about this exciting initiative or how to volunteer at www.the1940census.com.  A FamilySearch project leader said, “We’re looking for 100,000 additional indexers for this project.”

 

It was interesting to see that on Aug. 17, Ancestry.com stated: “Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.  When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state. It will be Ancestry.com’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date.”  I am not clear about whether Ancestry.com will be conducting a separate indexing effort, or whether they will just use the one created by the group described above.

 

 

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QUERIES RELATING TO GRAVES FAMILIES

 

I don’t usually include queries in the Bulletin, but both of these are somewhat different from the usual problems.

 

Stephen Edmondson wrote that he is a descendant of Joseph and Priscilla Edmondson of Craven Co., NC, through their son John who moved to Georgia before 1784. They have always believed she was Priscilla Graves.  When Joseph Edmondson left Essex County about 1713, he put two children of his first marriage in the care of Joanna Smith.  She had to sue for her childcare charges and the Essex Court required Joseph's brother Benjamin to pay her from Joseph's assets in Essex.  Joseph soon married Priscilla, buying land from Capt. Richard Graves and his wife Hannah in 1716. Hannah was the widow of Farnifold Green and mother of James Green who married Joseph's older daughter Mary, of the first marriage, who was born about 1710. Richard Graves continued to live near Joseph.  A Smith lived near him, too, for whom Smith's Neck was named. One source says Capt. Graves was a ship-owner from Essex County, possibly the mode by which Joseph travelled to Craven County NC.”  Richard Graves was a son of Francis Greaves of genealogy 220.  If anyone can help verify that Priscilla was a Graves or provide more information, please contact Stephen at swedmondson[at]windstream.net.

 

Sally Cihos in California has a copy of the 1896 book by John Card Graves (Genealogy of the Graves Family of America, vol. 1) that is mostly about the family of Thomas Graves of Hartford, CT & Hatfield, MA (gen. 168) “that I'd like to pass on to a relative of a deceased neighbor. The neighbor gave the book to another neighbor many years ago. Then that recipient moved and gave the book to me.  Its last owner appears to be a descendant of Albert Graves (number 1161 in the book). I believe she was the daughter of Henry Oliver Graves (number 2263). There are some typewritten pages from Leah Graves (stenographer in WWI), who was Henry's sister. Also Leah's acceptance into the D.A.R.” Please contact me if you can help.

 

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