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. 3, February 28, 2012




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** General Comments

** Updates to the GFA Website

** GFA Communication Methods

** Publishing Graves Family Books

** New Book by Brian Sykes & Native American Ancestry

** MyHeritage and Family Tree DNA to Partner on DNA Testing

** Searching With Google

** Interesting Articles from The Weekly Genealogist

** To Submit Material to this Bulletin & Other Things






The most significant development discussed in this issue of the Bulletin is that the Graves Family Association website is being moved to a different Internet Service Provider today or tomorrow.  The downside of that is that you may see some temporary difficulty in connecting to the website.  The upside is that the move will allow the addition of some new capabilities that would not be otherwise available.






The GFA website will be moved to a different Internet Service Provider, as mentioned in the General Comments.  After tonight and tomorrow, there should be no problems.  If you see any after that, please let me know so I can fix them.  Major changes and improvements to the website will be announced as they are made.


Routine changes and enhancement continue to be made.

·          The website search feature at the top right of every page has been fixed so it now works fine.

·          The Contact feature, also at the top right of every page has been fixed.  I didn’t realize it was not working until I discovered that I hadn’t received messages that someone had sent me.  If you have tried to contact me this way and haven’t gotten any response, try again, since it is likely that I never got the message.

·          The Graves Family Books page has been updated.

·          Genealogies continue to be revised and added.







Usage of our Facebook page continues to grow and has been very helpful for many of us.  We added 37 new members in February, and are now up to 271 total.  This is an open group and anyone can join.  Even if you have never used Facebook, give it a try by going to



This Graves Family Bulletin is now in its 14th year, partially replacing the printed Graves Family Newsletter, which was published and mailed from 1976 through 2002 (except for 1988 and 1989)



Other methods of communication that have been used are the various bulletin boards and mailing lists that have been around for many years.  You can see a list of some of those and links to them by clicking on the Forums tab at the top of any GFA website page.  The GFA blog is currently not active, but this may be reactivated in the future and combined with the GF Bulletin.


If you have any other ideas on improving communication, please let me know.






People occasionally ask when books will be published for the various Graves and Greaves genealogies.  On the Books page of the GFA website (accessible from the Products tab), the last book published was for John Graves of Concord, MA (genealogy 166) in 2002.  After that is listed Graves Families of Randolph Co., NC; it had been hoped to publish that in 2008, but it didn’t happen.


The Randolph Co., NC book and many others will be published in the future as eBooks and/or Print-on-demand books.  The schedule is not presently known.  Publication dates and prices will be announced as they are determined.


The main problems have been cost, time, and manpower (hours to do the work).  The John Graves of Concord book was tremendously expensive and very time consuming to prepare and publish, with compiling, proofing, indexing, etc., and almost half of the books are still sitting in my attic.  When I get the new software and procedures completed, book preparation will be somewhat easier and less expensive. Stay tuned.


In the meantime, all previously published books are still available for sale from me.  See the description of the books and instructions for ordering on the Books page at






A new book by Brian Sykes, DNA USA: A Genetic Biography of America, is scheduled to be published in the U.S. on February 29, 2012.  It can be ordered from now.  Their website states:Crisscrossing the continent, a renowned geneticist provides a groundbreaking examination of America through its DNA.


The best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve now turns his sights on the United States, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. From the blue-blooded pockets of old-WASP New England to the vast tribal lands of the Navajo, Bryan Sykes takes us on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans with compelling ancestral stories. His findings suggest:


• Of Americans whose ancestors came as slaves, virtually all have some European DNA.

• Racial intermixing appears least common among descendants of early New England colonists.

• There is clear evidence of Jewish genes among descendants of southwestern Spanish Catholics.

• Among white Americans, evidence of African DNA is most common in the South.

• European genes appeared among Native Americans as early as ten thousand years ago.


An unprecedented look into America's genetic mosaic and an impressive contribution to how we perceive race, this is a fascinating book about what it means to be American.  8 pages of four-color illustrations”


Professor Sykes tends to be somewhat self-promoting and overly dramatic, occasionally making sensational statements that may not have strong factual basis.  In spite of that, this looks like an interesting book.



In regard to Sykes’s comment about European ancestry in Native Americans, the Feb. 7 issue of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation BiWeekly Brief mentioned a National Geographic article at called “Is This Russian Landscape the Birthplace of Native Americans?”  That article states: “Native Americans originated from a small mountainous region in southern Siberia, new genetic research shows. The work is the most targeted study yet to suggest a genetic "homeland" for North America's indigenous peoples, according to the authors.”


In addition, it has been reported that the Algonquin speaking Ojibwa Tribe (and other spellings) of western Quebec and Ontario in Canada have been revealed to have European DNA.  In fact, some of the published DNA maps that show the routes of migration of humankind as they spread over the globe from their East African origins show an arrow from Europe to Northeastern Canada presumably in recognition of those particular European roots.  Sykes may just be adding the discussion of this interesting fact to his newest book because it is a fascinating fact that may not have been given wide publicity.


Also, some researchers think that the mtDNA X haplogroup occurring in Native Americans may have its origin in France and Spain some 15,000 years ago.  An article about this theory is at  It is a long transcript of a Nova television program on PBS, originally broadcast on Nov. 9, 2004, and called “America’s Stone Age Explorers”.






On Feb. 16, MyHeritage announced that it is partnering with Family Tree DNA to offer a full line of tests (13 in total) through FTDNA.  FTDNA is the company that we work with the most for DNA testing.


Given MyHeritage’s worldwide reach and enormous membership (62 million members around the world), it will be interesting to see whether this new partnership expands genetic genealogy testing in other parts of the world, which have been slow to try this technology.


Their announcement stated: “MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, announced today the integration of DNA testing into its core family history offering. The move adds genetic genealogy to the company’s suite of tools for researching family history, used by millions of families around the world.

With more than 62 million registered users and 21 million family trees, MyHeritage has become the trusted home on the web for families wishing to explore their family history, share memories and stay connected. With the new biological layer added to the MyHeritage experience, users can now enjoy a service combining science, intuitive web features and social networking for discovering and sharing their family legacy.


“DNA testing provides a fascinating new way to discover one’s origins and find previously unknown relatives”, said MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. “Offering the highest quality DNA tests to our tens of millions of users around the world in 38 languages, and providing DNA matches with hundreds of thousands of people who have already had their DNA tested, significantly advances our mission of bringing family history to the masses. By combining DNA with our innovative Smart Matching™ technology, families will be closer than ever before to constructing a more complete picture of their history”.”


You can see more about this in an article in The Genetic Genealogist at and on the MyHeritage blog at  MyHeritage has a global reach, so this move may provide the opportunity for many more matches.  The international scope of the company can be seen on their map page at


According to Schelly Talalay Dardashti, U.S. Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage, “The kits are from FTDNA, the testing will be done by FTDNA and results will become part of the FTDNA databases. The partnership is that MyHeritage users get discounts and will be able to use genetic genealogy testing to find related individuals and grow their family trees, while FTDNA will be now be marketing to more than 60 million MyHeritage members worldwide. It is a win-win for everyone in the genetic genealogy field.”






Occasionally I get asked about Google and how to do effective searching on the Internet.  You can see Google’s Basic Search Help at and More Search Help at  Other options for help are accessible from links in the side columns on the Google Help pages.  The page for Special Google Searches at may be of interest to some of you.


In addition, there is a book called Google Your Family Tree by Daniel M. Lynch that gives many detailed tips about how to use Google for genealogy.  You can see more about it and how to buy it at


The Graves Family Association website has a Google search box in the top right corner of every page.  You can use it to search for anything on the website or in any of the genealogies.


Finally, there was an article about the Mocavo genealogy search engine in the Feb. 7 issue of this Bulletin.






The Weekly Genealogist is the online newsletter of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  You can see the issue of Feb. 8, 2012 at  You can subscribe to this newsletter by going to the Daily Genealogist blog on the American Ancestors website at  I recommend these sites to any of you who are interested in the type of things that are found there.



One article of interest in the issue mentioned above is about “Genealogical Clan Characteristics.”  This mentions ideas about family characteristics persisting in families for generations, and the reasons why some families succeed while others don’t.



A second article of interest is about “Sharing Genealogical Information Online.”  Some people are reluctant to share information online (or anywhere) because they feel that other people “steal” their information and don’t even give them credit.  However, the good of the most people is generally best served by sharing genealogical information online and not being bothered by others plagiarizing and introducing errors.


The Weekly Genealogist for Feb. 15, 2012, includes some positive comments about the issue of sharing (and “stealing”) genealogical information online.  Readers responded that because of sharing their family information online:

·          They have connected with people from other branches of their tree with whom they had lost contact (or never had contact with).

·          They have connected with a third cousin who lives in another country.

·          Positive feedback has encouraged them to do an even better job of researching and sharing.


In that same issue, the results of a survey asking what methods readers use for sharing their genealogical information gave the following as the top 5 methods.

93%, Email

62%, Postal mail

42%, Telephone calls

38%, Online message boards or forums

36%, Genealogical or historical website





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