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. 14, No. 2, February 7, 2012




Copyright © 2012 by the Graves Family Association and Kenneth V. Graves.  All rights reserved.


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** General Comments

** New Option to Transfer Relative Finder Results to FTDNA (Offer Ends Feb. 10)

** Regional GFA Chapters and Locating Others Related to You and Living Nearby

** Answers to Other Questions

** Updates to the GFA Website

** Thousand Dollar Genome Sequencer

** Helpful Newsletters and Blogs About DNA & Genealogy

** Example of How to Find Your Ancestry

** Mocavo Genealogy Search Engine

** New Book About the Donner Party

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things






I hadn’t planned to publish this bulletin so soon after the last one, but I wanted to be sure people who have done DNA testing at 23andMe were aware of the benefits of transferring results to Family Tree DNA by Feb. 10.


This issue of the bulletin also answers a few of the questions that people have asked recently.  When you have questions, be sure to check the GFA website and especially the FAQs link in the upper right corner of each page.






On January 31, Family Tree DNA implemented the capability to transfer autosomal DNA test results from Relative Finder at 23andMe to Family Finder at FTDNA.  This option is also available for males and females who have Relative Finder results from any other company that used the Illumina OmniExpress Plus Genotyping BeadChip.  (Be sure to read the discussion that displays when you are placing your order.)  The introductory price for this is $50, as you can see by looking at available tests from your Family Tree DNA page or going to the Products & Pricing page at and scrolling down to “Transfer Relative Finder” listed in the Third Party section.  You can see more about this on Emily Aulicino’s blog at


This INTRODUCTORY OFFER ENDS FEBRUARY 10, 2012, so act now if you want to take advantage of this opportunity.


The advantages of transferring your test results (if you have tested at 23andMe but have not taken the Family Finder test at FTDNA) is access to a whole new population of test results for comparison, the outstanding tools and customer service of FTDNA, and the emphasis of FTDNA on genealogy customers.  Now that 23andMe has switched to a subscription approach, the attractiveness of FTDNA for those of us who are long-term searchers is even greater, since FTDNA only charges once and keeps adding matches forever at no additional cost.






A GFA member recently wrote to ask about regional Graves Family Association chapters.  She said that she didn’t know there were regional chapters until I mentioned the meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter on January 15.


If you click on the Activities tab at the top of each page of the website, you will see some information about the chapters and their activities.  There have been a total of 3 regional GFA chapters established.  You can see information about them on the GFA website by clicking on the Activities tab at the top of the page.  The chapters are Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, and Ohio Valley, all in the U.S.


In addition to the establishment of formal chapters, anyone can organize a GFA meeting/reunion at any time and place.  If desired by the organizers, we can help with publicity, content, and ideas.


When people are organizing a gathering, they need to know who to invite.  With a close family, that is usually not much of a problem, since we know who our close relatives are and how to contact them.  But with a more diverse group, not all of whom are necessarily descended from the same Graves ancestor, it can be a problem.


One feature I am considering adding to the website is the addition of a database you could search to find who is related to you (possibly even how they are related), and who lives in a particular area.  If this were created, it would have to include appropriate privacy controls.  However, this could be of great help for locating relatives who live nearby, and for finding people who might be interested in attending a gathering or forming a regional GFA chapter.  Let me know what you think of this idea.






Question: Do the genealogy numbers have any meaning?  How did they get their numbers?

Answer: The number of each genealogy was just assigned sequentially as an ID number when each genealogy was created.  They have no meaning other than to be able to easily identify a particular genealogy.  The ID numbers for people within each genealogy are just sequential numbers for ID purposes, and those numbers will change as descendants are added or removed.


Question: What are the R numbers at the end of paragraphs in the genealogies?

Answer: That identification is not provided on the website for privacy reasons. However, if you need to know, send an email to Ken Graves asking for the R-numbers you want identified, and also specifying which genealogy you are referring to. The R-numbers are the numbers that identify who provided the information, and sometimes they refer to books or other sources of information.


Question: Why aren’t there more source citations in the genealogies?

Answer: We realize that genealogies are less valuable without source citations. When we know where information came from, we can check it for ourselves and feel more confident that it is correct. However, a trade had to be made between thoroughness and completeness. It was felt that it was better to compile as much information as possible, check it reasonably well, and make it widely available, rather than doing a much smaller amount of compiling in a much more thorough manner. It is hoped that others will gradually confirm the information, add citations, and add additional information.


For answers to more questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on the GFA website.  The link is at the top right of every page.






Many planned changes to the GFA website haven’t yet happened, but the following are some of the changes that have been made recently.  I don’t plan on publishing a list like this often, but I thought it might be helpful for you to be able to see that there are frequent changes.


Website pages that have recently been updated include:

·          Alphabetical Ancestor Listing of genealogies (

·          Famous/Notable Family Members page (

·          Charts page (Numerical Ancestor Listing) (

·          Current News page (  This hasn’t been added to often because of low priority.

·          African Ancestry page (

·          Main page (


Genealogies updated recently (within the last couple of months) include:

·          merging genealogy 968 into gen. 124, and adding information to gen. 124, Orrin Noble Graves of VT

·          37, William Graves of SC & TN

·          77, John Graves and Margery Harvey of Randolph Co., NC

·          116, John Graves of England & Frederick Co., VA

·          166, John Graves of Concord, MA

·          169, Capt. Thomas Graves of VA

·          218, Warren Graves and Henriette ----- of Caswell Co. & Rockingham Co., NC

·          220, Francis Graves of Gloucester Co. & Essex Co., VA

·          270, John Graves/Greaves of Northamptonshire, England & VA

·          403, Henry Graves and Catherine Duffy of Ireland, IL & MN

·          547, George Graves and Charlotte Raines of VA, NC & TN

·          658, Parents of John Graves and Samuel Graves of Caswell Co., NC

·          693, Thomas Graves, Mariah ------, and Olive Owens of Otsego Co., NY

·          695, James Graves and Martha Bennet of VT & NY

·          889, William Graves and Elizabeth ------ of Gloucester Co., VA


Genealogies added recently include:

·          108, Calvin Graves of Caswell Co., NC

·          115, Nancy Ann Graves and Josiah Thomas Settle of NC, TN, MS & OH

·          125, John Graves and Esther Simpson of London, England

·          127, James Graves and Laura B. ------ of Caswell Co., NC

·          128, Lewis T. Graves and Rosa A. Taylor of Gloucester Co., VA

·          159, John Greaves and Mary Wood of Middlesex, England

·          179, Sarah Graves and David Jackson Selph of NC & AL

·          183, Robert Grieve and Agnes Ann Gillespie of Crail, Fife, Scotland

·          184, Catherine C. Graves and Jared L. Philo of NY and Lapeer Co., MI

·          569, Walter Graves and Ella Venson of Yanceyville, Caswell Co., NC

·          588, William Graves and Amelia ------ of Southampton, Hampshire, England


In addition:

·          A button has been added at the top right of the main page of the GFA website to follow the GFA page on Facebook.

·          I have updated the chart on the GFA website that shows how I think the many Graves and Greaves families descended from the Greaves family of Beeley, Derbyshire (gen. 228) may be connected. One of the purposes of this chart is so you will have some clues about where to concentrate your research. The section of the Charts page where these related families are shown is at You can click on the link for the chart there or go directly to it at The main area I have updated is on the right side, where genealogy 94 is shown as probably descended from gen. 220, which is from 228. Genealogies 94 and 152 are shown as probably descended from 56. Elsewhere on the chart, genealogy 166 and some southern families (e.g., gen. 77) are shown as probably descended from gen. 28 (family of Rear Adm. Thomas Graves). These connections are my best present estimates based on both DNA testing and documentary evidence. There are a total of about 36 genealogies presently on this chart, and it would be nice to be able to combine some of them. (There is a list of all genealogies on the chart in the top left corner.) Let me know if you have any suggested changes, discoveries, etc.






The ability to get your entire genome sequenced for $1,000 has apparently arrived.  Life Technologies announced on Jan. 10 the introduction of the Benchtop Ion Proton Sequencer designed to decode a human genome in one day for $1,000.  See their press release at


The chip to sequence whole human genomes will be available about the end of 2012.  The equipment cost of $149,000, compared to the previous cost of over $500,000, and the much shorter time to do the processing, will eventually mean much more information for less money for genealogical purposes.






DNA newsletters and blogs include:

·          “Facts and Genes”, newsletter published by Family Tree DNA.  To subscribe, go to

·          “The Spittoon”, a blog from 23andMe, available at

·          The Genetic Genealogist”, by Blaine Bettinger.


Genealogy blogs:

The term “blog” is short for web log.  It is a personal journal published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries, often on a single subject, and usually written by a single individual.  Most good quality blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments about the entries.


There are more than 2,000 genealogy blogs currently listed on the website in dozens of categories.  The GeneaBloggers website also hosts Geneabloggers Radio every Friday night.  As the host, Tom MacEntee, says, “GeneaBloggers Radio is about the most fun you can have with your genealogy on a Friday Night.”


The July 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine at listed 40 excellent genealogy blogs in 8 categories.  Back in 2009, Olive Tree Genealogy Blog listed the 25 most popular blogs at


Blogrank at lists the top 50 genealogy blogs.


Another list of blogs is on the website at






Recently Cassandra Ann Merrill wrote that she had traced her ancestry back to Orin/Orrin Graves, father of Henry James Graves, but needed help in finding the earlier ancestry.  I responded that this was genealogy 124 on the GFA website.  She later found the more recent part of her Graves family was in genealogy 968 (Edwin L. Graves and Ione S. Brown of St. Lawrence Co., NY).  Now that she has provided the connecting link, I have added the material from genealogy 968 to 124 and eliminated 968.  The message here is that if we can get enough people involved and gather enough information, we can often find connections that were previously unknown.


However, the main message I want to discuss is how we can do research to find connections and ancestry.  When I first looked at genealogy 124 to see whether I could help Cassandra, I saw that the genealogy was shown with Noble Graves as the father of Orrin Noble Graves (b. 1800 in Addison Co., VT) who married Honor Hard. However, in doing more research, I discovered that the first generation is apparently wrong, and the Noble Graves mentioned was really Orrin Noble Graves, b. 1800. I will be making that correction shortly, as well as adding additional census results.


Rather than just trying to find someone in census records named Orrin Graves or Noble Graves, I took a broader view.  Since Orrin Noble Graves was supposedly born in Addison Co., VT in 1800, I figured his father must have been living there in 1800 and possibly after that, and possibly brothers were also living there in 1800 and later.  So I looked at all people named Graves from 1800 on, being careful to account for possible misspellings by searching for variations of the surname also.  Then I tried to match each head of family I found to a particular genealogy.  So far, all those in Addison Co. seem to be descended from a particular part of genealogy 166 (John Graves of Concord, MA), so it seems reasonable to assume that Orrin Noble Graves is from that part of gen. 166 also.  It appears that Orrin Noble Graves was possibly a grandson of Eliad Graves (212) in genealogy 166, or at least very closely related to Eliad.


The next step should be to search for deeds, wills, probate records, church records, tax records, marriage records, etc., especially in the 1800-1830 period in Addison Co., Vermont, to find a connection between Orrin Noble Graves and other family members.  The places to do this include the research facilities in Vermont, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston (and at its website, and your nearest LDS Family History Center (and the LDS website at  You should be aware that many, many documents are not in digital format and not online, so it is still necessary to search through microfilm and original documents to do a thorough search.






Mocavo (at calls their product “the world’s largest free genealogy search engine.”  They seek to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.  The sites they search include genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals.  They presently limit their search to approximately one million genealogy-related websites.  Special search features on their site allow them to find and identify information that other search engines might not recognize.


They have recently added a paid membership called Mocavo Plus that offers additional features.


You can upload your family tree as a GEDCOM, and Mocavo will search for every person in your file and will send the potential matches to you by email.  Users of the free search service will receive an email message once a week with information about three of the names in the GEDCOM file. Each week, a different three will be reported.


Mocavo Plus users will receive reports about ALL of the people in their GEDCOM files within 24 hours or so. In addition, Mocavo Plus users may choose to receive an email message once a day or once a week, each containing information about any newly found information about the people listed in the GEDCOM file.


Both the free and paid background searches will search again and again forever, or for as long as the user wishes, looking for new information that has recently appeared on the web concerning the individuals listed in the GEDCOM file.”


You can also use Mocavo as a place to post your GEDCOM, and you can specify whether you want your GEDCOM to be available to everyone else on Mocavo as well as searchable by other search engines, or whether you want to keep the information private.






In the Sept. 4, 2008 issue of this Bulletin, I announced that “France Bequette, a journalist who lives in France, is writing a book about the Donner Party and her great-grandmother Mary Ann Graves.  The Donner Party was a group of pioneers crossing the great plains to California who got trapped in an early snowstorm near what is now called Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1846.  Many of the members of the party died.  A number of books have previously been published about the tragedy, but as far as is known, this will be the first book on the subject in French.  The family of Franklin Ward Graves (descended from Thomas Graves of Hartford, CT & Hatfield, MA, genealogy 168) was a major part of the group.”


She just announced that her book (in French) was finally published Jan. 12 in France.  It is called Ma grand-mère cannibale and is available from ABE Books at  It is also available on Amazon in France at, but not on Amazon in the U.S.  A review of the book by the DAR in French is at





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