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jbarry6899
11-08-2014, 02:02 PM
As many of you know we have been working for the past year with University College Dublin on the first effort to analyze ancestral DNA from a prominent Irish family. Thanks to the generosity of our contributors we have exceeded 80 percent of the fundraising goal for the Earls of Barrymore DNA Project. We are now at the point where small contributions can make a big difference! With only $100 more in donations we will be able to begin procuring equipment and supplies and making travel arrangements. (An additional several hundred dollars will be needed eventually to complete lab testing.)

If you have family members, friends or colleagues who are interested in Irish history, genealogy and genetics, please urge them to make a modest donation. A few donations of $10-20 would enable us to begin work.

Donations can be made here:

https://sites.google.com/site/barrym...t-this-project

Thanks again for your support!

Jim Barry
Administrator, Earls of Barrymore DNA Project

jbarry6899
11-08-2014, 03:53 PM
Thanks, Eric--once you have your autosomal results you can join several projects at Family Tree DNA. I'd suggest Ireland YDNA and British Isles by county to start. You can also check the projects for any Irish surnames in your family. Most surname projects are YDNA only but some (like our Barry project) also accept autosomal results.

jbarry6899
11-10-2014, 01:27 PM
We had several contributions over the weekend and are getting very close to our initial goal. Please consider making a small donation and let others know about the project. Thanks for your support. https://sites.google.com/.../barrymo...t-this-project

jbarry6899
11-12-2014, 10:57 PM
I want to let you know that, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our contributors, we have raised the funds necessary to begin the project. We are delighted and very grateful.

I will post updates on the project web site to let you know when work will begin.

Thanks so much for your support.

Jim Barry
Project Administrator

jbarry6899
08-18-2015, 02:31 PM
Initial examination of the remains in the Barry mausoleum at Castlelyons, Cork, was conducted on 15-16 August 2015. Remains of three individuals were identified. Two were males, probably of advanced age, which indicates that they were neither the 5th nor the 6th Earls of Barrymore, who died in their thirties and twenties, respectively. It is possible that one of these individuals was James Barry, the 4th Earl, for whom the mausoleum was constructed and who is honored in a nearby plaque. Further analysis is required to determine whether this is the case. The third set of remains was from an individual whose gender could not immediately be determined and examination is continuing.

Bone samples were taken and they will be forwarded for DNA extraction and analysis once forensic assessment has been completed.

There was evidence that the mausoleum had been vandalized more than once, which further complicates the assessment, however a combination of forensic examination, DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating and comparison with historical records and portraits should allow for provisional identification of the remains and an evaluation of their relationship to living men from the Barry family.

The presence of several sets of remains necessitates further DNA testing beyond that originally envisioned by the project. That means that additional funding will be required. If possible, please contribute to defray these additional costs by making a contribution at https://sites.google.com/site/barrymorednaproject/support-this-project.


Jim Barry
Administrator, Barry DNA Project

jbarry6899
06-27-2016, 01:33 PM
Phase I of the Earls of Barrymore DNA Project has been completed. While only limited DNA results were obtained, the findings were sufficient to develop a hypothesis about the identity of the individuals whose remains were in the Barry family crypt and their relationship to living persons.

We are currently conducting research and networking to identify objectives, funding sources and collaborators for Phase II. We appreciate your continuing support.

A summary of the findings can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/barrymorednaproject/phase-i-findings

Jim Barry
Administrator, Barry DNA Project

Jim Barry
Administrator, Barry DNA Project