GRAVES FAMILY BULLETIN
Vol. 14, No. 11, Nov. 19, 2012
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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** General Comments
** New DNA Testing Sale From Family Tree DNA
** Action Needed By You to Further Our Ancestral Research
** More About Putting Your Autosomal Test Results on GEDmatch
** Updates to the GFA Website
** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things
The main reason for sending this Bulletin at this time is the DNA testing sale from Family Tree DNA. Although 23andMe and Ancestry.com now offer autosomal DNA testing, FTDNA continues to be the best DNA company overall for its range of products, analytical tools to help you use the test results effectively, and its customer service and support.
You will also find some additional information about autosomal DNA testing in this issue. If you have already taken an autosomal test at Family Tree DNA or at 23andMe, or when you do place an order and get your results, be sure to upload both your test results and a Gedcom to GEDmatch.com.
The DNA conference I attended Nov. 10 and 11 in Houston was very helpful. New ideas, techniques, and discoveries were discussed. I had hoped to report them in this issue of the Bulletin, but that will have to wait until next month. For those of you in the U.S., I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!
NEW DNA TESTING SALE FROM FAMILY TREE DNA
Family Tree DNA has announced its annual yearend sale on DNA testing a little earlier than usual this year.
Regarding Y-DNA, any of you who have taken a Y-DNA test, but have tested for fewer than 37 markers, you should upgrade to at least 37 markers, and preferably to 67. If you are descended from a genealogy where there has been no Y-DNA test, if you are a male with the Graves/Greaves surname, you should take a test. If you aren’t in that group, you should try to find someone who is and get him to test.
For autosomal DNA (FTDNA’s test is Family Finder), anyone can be tested, male or female, with any surname. If you have Graves/Greaves ancestry, you should take the test. The more people who are tested, the more apt we are to be able to find matches and DNA segments that identify a particular ancestry.
To order this special offer (if you are already an FTDNA customer), log in to your personal page and click on the “Order An Upgrade” button in the upper right corner. Links to the login pages for both existing and new customers are provided below.
For existing customers, login to order an upgrade.
If you are not presently an FTDNA customer, click here to order a new kit. Then click on G under surname projects and select Graves to order as part of the Graves/Greaves project, and finally order the test or tests that you want on the next page. Be sure to scroll all the way down the order page so that you can see all options.
ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012, 11:59:00 PM CST TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.
ACTION NEEDED BY YOU TO FURTHER OUR ANCESTRAL RESEARCH
DATA GATHERING, ESPECIALLY IN THE U.K.
In the previous issue of the GF Bulletin was an article listing some actions that should be taken by you and other Graves/Greaves descendants to further our DNA studies. All of those actions will contribute to our learning more about our ancestry and how the various parts of our families are connected. In addition, the following action is needed. Even with the magic of DNA, we still need traditional records.
· Search church records, wills, and other records in the U.K. for the ancestry of earlier family members.
· Search various records in the U.K. for more information about known family members and their descendants.
· Compile a database for each type of record found. You can use Microsoft Excel or any other suitable spreadsheet or database for this. I have not yet established a standard format for any data collection, so there is a need for that also.
MORE ABOUT PUTTING YOUR AUTOSOMAL TEST RESULTS ON GEDMATCH
In the last issue of this bulletin I discussed GEDmatch.com and some of the benefits of downloading autosomal DNA test results from Family Tree DNA and 23andMe, and uploading them (along with your GEDCOM) to GEDmatch. A major problem with matches on the testing company sites is that they are only considered matches when a certain minimum amount of DNA matches. In contrast, on GEDmatch, even when not enough total DNA matches, the utilities on that site are able to compare any two DNA samples, and they are also able to show all people who match on a specified DNA segment.
If you look at the autosomal DNA charts on the Graves Family Association website, you can see that several of them have many descendants who have taken an autosomal test. These include genealogy 270 (45 tests), genealogy 28/220/152 (38 tests), genealogy 65/168 (27 tests), and genealogy 169 (20 tests). However, most of the people on a chart do not match many (if any) of the others because they do not share enough total matching DNA. Although we do not yet know what the results would be if we could compare everyone on a chart to everyone else on that chart, it is certainly possible that we would see a much greater amount of matching if we could. That is part of what the GEDmatch site allows us to do.
Therefore, if you have already taken an autosomal test at Family Tree DNA or at 23andMe, or when you do place an order and get your results, be sure to upload both your test results and a GEDCOM to GEDmatch.com. Let me know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks.
UPDATES TO THE GFA WEBSITE
Most of the updating recently has been with the autosomal DNA charts. I will continue to do that, in addition to the usual updating of the genealogies as time permits. No other major changes to the website have happened recently.
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