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June 7th, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Update on DNA Project

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The following update was sent to DNA Project Administrators:

Dear Group Project Administrators,

We are excited to announce the following updates that we will begin releasing today, June 5th, and in the coming weeks.
myOrigins 3.0

We have nearly tripled the number of populations in Family Finder’s myOrigins report! We will release a white paper in the coming months that will include the science behind the new myOrigins, but here is a little information about the new populations.

New Populations
The new myOrigins includes 90 reference populations sourced from 8,053 individual samples.
These populations break down as follows:
33 from Asia and Oceania
27 from Europe and the Middle East
21 from Africa and the Americas
When will users get results?
Approximately 287,000 testers will display the update upon release next week.
The remainder of the database will be updated in waves.
Priority will be given to those who have most recently signed in to their kits.
Those who have not signed in for a year or more will be last to get the updated version of myOrigins.
For those kits who do not receive the update next week, an email will be sent to the primary email address on the kit when the new results are ready to view.
New testers or transfers who get results after the release will receive only the myOrigins 3.0 results, not the 2.0.
A CSV file summary of myOrigins 2.0 results will be available on the dashboard for a limited time.

Big Y STR Results

Thanks to the improvement in our Big Y STR technology and quality thresholds, reanalyzing current Big Y data is allowing us to provide additional STR values at no charge. SNP results will not be affected by this update.

This reanalysis will go as follows:
Big Y-700 customers should have received additional STR calls in Panels 6 and 7 over the last few weeks.
Big Y-500 customers will receive additional STR calls in Panels 6 and 7 in the next few days.
Once all customers have been updated, STR calls in Panels 6 and 7 for all customers will be refined based on improvements to our quality control thresholds.

It’s important to note:
For Big Y-700 testers, up until now, if there was a call at a location in the 500 but not in the 700, we preserved the 500 call. With the update to the STR calling process, Big Y-700 testers will only have those STRs called in the 700, which may mean some no-calls at positions that previously had values.
While Big Y-500 customers will receive some additional STR values, the only way to guarantee that a tester receives the full 700 STRs is to upgrade to Big Y-700.
If you have any questions about these updates, please contact the FamilyTreeDNA Groups Team at groups@familytreedna.com.

We hope you are all safe and healthy. Thank you for all of the work you do with your projects!


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May 11th, 2020 at 9:46 am

In May we remember

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Seventy-five years ago nearly 400 brave souls were lost during an attack on the USS Bunker Hill. It was one of numerous conflicts fought since the Colonists entrenched themselves 245 years earlier on the hill above Charlestown, Massachusetts on June 17, 1775.

Now we pause to remember 398 crew members of the USS Bunker Hill CV-17 (launched Dec 7, 1942) that were buried at sea after devastating attacks by two Kamikaze pilots. The valiant dead were wrapped in canvas, weighted with a round of ammunition and consigned to the deep. That was Saturday May 12; 1945; the ceremony continued throughout a long day, 

The second Sunday in May was proclaimed as Mother’s Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. President Harry S. Truman stated in 1945, it was an official day for honoring all mothers. He claimed the American mother was “the greatest source of the country’s strength and inspiration.”

On May 8, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe) and on Memorial Day, May 25th we shall honor our war dead, including a neighbor, Seaman Harry A. Dove (1921-2012) of Sewell, NJ. A plaque honoring his WW II service will be unveiled at the James G Atkinson Memorial Park; sponsored by American Legion Post 521 in Washington Township. He nearly succumbed to the Kamikaze attacks on May 11, but recovered and helped locate and bury shipmates, many were close friends.

What about the other Bunker Hill conflicts? The second battle occurred in 1780 aboard the schooner Bunker Hill when she helped capture the 200-ton Commerce. A steamer Bunker Hill ran aground in fog in 1841; a second collided with the Independence in 1843 in the Great Lakes. Surely those sailors were fighting for their very lives. A third steamer launched in 1907 at Philadelphia played a significant role during WW I, she was rechristened as the USS Aroostook. The tanker Bunker Hill, built in Chester PA, exploded in 1964 and sunk in Puget Sound, killing five of her 30-man crew. Battles occurred in and around Bunker Hill, West Virginia during the Civil War in 1861 and Brig Gen James J. Pettigrew, NC CSA died there in 1863 three days after being mortally wounded at Cemetery Ridge. Two battles of Bunker Hill, Illinois occurred in 1938 and 1948 when tornados devastated the town; the second destroyed 80% of the town and caused $4.5 million in damages. The cruiser USS Bunker Hill CG-52 launched in 1986 fired some of the first Tomahawk Cruise missiles in support of Operation Desert Storm (1990) and Iraq Freedom (2003).

In May we shall celebrate V-E Day, Mothers’ Day, USS Bunker Hill and Memorial Day, it will be a month filled with tributes and thankfulness. We especially remember the men and women that continue to serve in far off places in the cause of freedom, and pray for their safe return.

— Gil Bunker, BFA President

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February 27th, 2020 at 10:23 am

2020 Annabelle Moore Scholarship Application

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An application form for this year’s Annabelle Moore Scholarship may be accessed at the following link:


The file is a Microsoft Word file, and may be completed and sent electronically along with the other required documentations. The scholarship is awarded to a child or grandchild of a Bunker Family Association member in good standing. Applicants must be high school seniors or college freshmen. Do not miss the July 30 deadline.

If a reader has trouble downloading the file, please send an email to doug.detling@gmail.com and the file will be sent to you directly.

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December 8th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Web Site Update

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Our website was down for about 20 hours due to an incomplete software update that corrupted the date base on the server. Fortunately, we do regular backups, and we were able to recover the site. 

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November 13th, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Bunker Banner Update

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The November issue of the Bunker Banner is out for printing and mail delivery to members, and has been sent via electronic delivery to members who receive that way.

Gil Bunker, BFA President, notes in his column this issue about the tribulations of being an editor of a quarterly newsletter:

Copy for the Bunker Banner is difficult to locate; articles that might be of interest to all the readers is a judgment call, primarily a function of the editor.  I am relegated to gleaning newspaper copy that, hopefully, will spark your curiosity. There are too few contributors so once again I solicit your assistance. Please keep the Banner flying and send your stories; even a couple of lines about recent events that occur in your family. The gossip column is void of current happening.

Thankfully, we will not read about your funeral in this edition. Filling the last page/s with obituaries is not a pleasant chore and I am delighted you heard my request to stop kicking the bucket. Please keep up the good work.


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April 7th, 2018 at 11:36 am

Rootsweb Status Update 4/7/2018

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The following was posted on Rootsweb, which is the hosting site for the Bunker mailing list:

“Lists are now available to use, meaning you can now send and receive email on RootsWeb email lists just like you used to in the past. In addition to making the site more secure, we’ve upgraded our backend system to provide an easier-to-use interface to manage your email list subscriptions.

To get started managing your subscriptions, go to Setting Up My New Mailman Login. …

Any email that is sent will go directly into a new archive. We are in the process of importing the old archives into the new archives and due to the massive amount of content, that process will take time. We will continue to update you on the progress when we can.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to bring these features back online.”

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January 27th, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Captain Peter “Peleg” Bunker was a Prisoner of Napoleon

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Gil Bunker, President of the BFA, notes in the lead article in the February 2018 issue of The Bunker Banner:

Bette [Vice President and Historian Bette Bunker Richards] and I were delighted to receive correspondence from Anne Morddel, a French Certified Genealogist who requested information about an inmate, and stated Peleg [Bunker], who along with Christopher (N-30) and Henry (N-31-III) were prisoners of war during the Napoleonic era. Anne is researching American mariners, as revealed in French resources, for submission to Legacy webinars while using Peleg as a case study. She also stated Job Bunker “was a bit of a privateer.”

Whoa, back-up here. What’s this tidbit about Peleg being a prisoner of war? The 1965 genealogy reads only that he died in a French prison. There is no mention in the 1965 Bunker Genealogy or the BFA Military Database about POWs during the Barbary Wars (Napoleonic era).

Anne wrote:

I also have been researching American prisoners of war in Napoleonic France for some years in preparation for a biographical dictionary listing them all. Among them is Peleg Bunker who, as you know, died at Verdun in 1806. Other Bunkers were also captives.

More information about Peleg Bunker and a fascinating article by Anne Morddel titled “Bunker Prisoners of Napole0n” can be found in issue #182 of the Banner.  If you are interested, please join the BFA before February 15, and a copy of this issue will be provided to you. See our membership page for dues information.

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January 27th, 2018 at 10:54 am

2018 Annabelle Moore Scholarship Application Period Opens

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An application form for this year’s Annabelle Moore Scholarship may be accessed at the following link:


The file is a Microsoft Word file, and may be completed and sent electronically along with the other required documentations. The scholarship is awarded to a child or grandchild of a Bunker Family Association member in good standing. Applicants must be high school seniors or college freshmen. Do not miss the May 1 deadline.

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January 27th, 2018 at 10:51 am

105th Anniversary Reunion Registration

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The Bunker Family Association will hold its 105th anniversary reunion June
14-17 in Portland, Maine. The host hotel is the Best Western Merry Manor
Inn, site of the association’s reunion 10 years ago.

The registration form (please register by May 15) is now available at the
following link:


We would encourage those planning to attend to register as soon as possible
for the meeting, and to plan to attend the business meeitng on Saturday
June 16.  The reunion schedule will include trips to Dover, New Hampshire
on June 15 and a banquet on June 16.

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August 15th, 2017 at 7:06 am

Bunker Graveyard Photo Update

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On August 5, BFA Graveyard Committee Chair Mary Bunker Peterson and Edward Solomon visited two graveyards in New Hampshire monitored by the BFA. In her written report to BFA President Gil Bunker, Mary noted:

“It was a foggy, overcast morning and I took a number of photos to show the condition of the site. I was impressed that there were few changes since I was there last spring, and there were almost no branches down. The posts are the same – some needing repair and some with the rails pulled out. But overall it is still a peaceful and undisturbed spot. The bench is just the same and looks as though it has always been there.

“Ed examined the gate, you will see in the photos, and it has come completely off the hinges. The frame needs to be replaced as the board for the hinges is no longer solid. The gate itself is intact, and the opening side is propped up on the granite post.”

In addition, she stated: “…at some point we will need to think about more stable repairs to the fencing. It would be nice to have the stones cleaned as well.”

The graveyard has received attention recently as it is included as one of the “attractions” of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Because of concerns raised by the BFA, the administrators of the reserve have agreed to downplay the graveyard lest if become too attractive a target for vandalism. Mary noted in her report that “The path down to the graveyard is thickly overgrown – the pictures show this too – and may not appear very inviting to casual visitors. In fact, if I had not known where the path is, I might have been hard put to find it. That’s probably a good thing!”

You may access Mary’s pictures in two ways:

Click on the photo caption above that is linked to the photo album, or used a shortened URL in your browser bar (clicking the link will take you there):


No password is required to view these photos.


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