The project has been in existence for a little more than a week now, and I wanted to give you a quick update on results to date, and to solicit your assistance in moving forward. There is a more complete report on our website,http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Barry/default.aspx
. Click on "About this Group" on the upper left, and then on "Results."
The Barry YDNA Project was initiated on 25 April 2013. To date eight men have enrolled. Six transferred results from Family Tree DNA. Two are awaiting test results. One of these men previously tested with another company and partial results are available for him. Six of the enrollees have the Barry surname. One has another surname but matches many Barry men. The other man has a different surname and is exploring a possible link to the Barry line.
In addition to the men who are current project members, 25 other men have done YDNA tests with several companies. Most of these men, as well as most project members, have posted their results to the free web site, YSearch.com or joined other projects at Family Tree DNA where results are available. Excluding the man who is exploring his Barry relationship, there a total of 31 sets of results available for evaluation.
The preliminary results of analyzing these reports is consistent with the tradition that most members of the Barry family descend from the Anglo-Norman invaders of the 12th century, but that there is a smaller group that originated with a native Irish clan in the Cork-Limerick area. They also are consistent with histories of the evolution of the family into several branches. In particular, there is a unique marker value associated with the six men in the West Cork cluster that may be a signature of the Barryroe line of descent. There are several men whose results do not fit into the majority pattern, and who may have Scots-Irish or Scandinavian (Viking Invader) origins. Further work will be required to determine their relationship to the other Barry men.
The following are the highest priority tasks for the project:
Increase enrollment of Barry men who have already tested and recruit new candidates for testing.
Recruit men with confirmed descent from both the Anglo-Norman and native Irish Barrys to provide benchmarks for comparison of resulty
Expand the testing of deep ancestral origins (haplogroups) to allow for more accurate grouping of results.
I would especially appreciate your help in the first two of these tasks. Please contact other men in the Barry family and let them know about the project and its potential benefits. I am happy to speak or correspond with any of them if they have questions or need assistance.
Slán agus beannacht. Do col ceathrair,
Project Administrator, Barry YDNA Project