I was born in March 1987 in Oklahoma to Charles Gray and Rebecca Wiley. 
My family returned to Central Texas a few months after I was born and remained there until early 2001.
In March of 2001 my family relocated to Sullivan County, New York, and I returned to Central Texas in December 2003. I met my future husband, Thomas, in the spring of 2006, and together we moved to Austin, Texas in July of that same year.
Thomas and I married in June 2015 at a small home gathering in Beaverton, Oregon and two weeks later we welcomed our only child, Madeline.
Interest in Genealogy
My interest in genealogy comes from a few sources. The main factor was being the youngest of a large, but highly segmented, family. Both my parents had children from previous marriages before I was born, and both remarried spouses with children after I was born.
Another factor that has driven my interest in genealogy over the years has been learning little to nothing about my family history as a child.
I have a keen interest in cemeteries and their preservation. Any chance I get to travel will usually include a trip to a local cemetery. The more rural, the better! One of the things I find amusing is the date range of cemeteries across the United States. Living in New York, Texas, and Oregon has allowed me to see the earliest dates on gravestones progressing as I move west.
- Researching and documenting the origin of my married name, Ferdig, within the United States. I have a future look towards expanding it to Europe, but currently am feeling full on projects. Feel free to help out with this One Name Study!
- Documenting my maternal line in the United States. These family names include Cross, Wiley, Arterberry, Spradlin, Kinder, Hampton, Barber, Slinkard, and Crites.
- Adding and building biographies for the casualties of Arrow Air Flight 1285, a military disaster that killed 256 people, including 248 members of the US Army's 101st Airborn Division as they returned from a peace-keeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.
While I'm not officially part of the Biography Builders group here, another area of genealogical interest is biography building. I am actively combing through both my direct ancestors and their immediate families to help create biographies of their life. Doing this, I have found, forces me to re-look at the sources attached to an individual, not only in how they relate to that person's life, but how they may help tell the story of their other family members, as well.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Patricia Gray GEDmatch MR9280895, and her second cousin once removed Pamela Kinder GEDmatch A011010. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great- and 2nd great-grandparents, Daniel Ransom Kinder and Eva Louisa Slinkard. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 3.6, based on sharing 91.7 cM across 5 segments.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test between Patricia Gray GEDmatch MR9280895 and her first cousin once removed LKT GEDmatch EM2196243. Their most-recent common ancestors are Patricia’s grandparents and LKT’s great-grandparents, Washington Gray and Harper Edwards, confirmed through LKT’s father. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 2.4, based on sharing 494.3 cM across 19 segments.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Patricia or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Patricia: