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06-11-2014, 01:54 PM
I posted this on the Genealogy Forum, but thought I'd also post here. One of the objectives of this project is to compare the ancient DNA results with those of living members of the Barry family. One of those is a man who has a documented family connection to the Earls of Barrymore and is I1-M253. We are very interested in seeing whether the ancient results also show that haplogroup.

I wanted to let all of you know about a new project that is now under way to explore the historical roots for the prominent Anglo-Norman-Irish Barry family.

For the past year I have been working with forensic anthropologists and genetic scientists at University College Dublin on an effort to conduct DNA testing on the remains of a titled member of the family. We have just received ministerial permission to take samples from the remains of Richard Barry, 6th Earl of Barrymore, who died in the 18th century. This will provide the first opportunity to do a direct genetic comparison of living Barry men with one of our famous forebears. It will also enable the scientists to develop and refine methods for forensic analysis and DNA testing that will be valuable both to the academic community and to other Irish families who wish to explore their roots through genetic genealogy.

All of the professionals involved in this project are donating their time. We will, however, have some logistical expenses totaling about 2500 Euro ($3500), and it is in this regard that I wanted to solicit support for supporting the project. There is more detailed information on the project, its goals and methods on our web site: https://sites.google.com/site/barrymorednaproject/.

I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have and hope that you will find this project of interest. Please feel free to repost or forward this message to any interested parties.

James Barry
Administrator, Barry DNA Project