Patrick Barnum, son of Lee James Barnum and Thelma Irma Pruitt, was educated in the public schools of Lake Oswego, Oregon, studied Civil Engineering at Oregon State University and received a BS degree in Engineering Geology from Portland State University and a BA degree in International Relations with a minor in Latin American History (cum laude) from the Universidad de las Américas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.
After five years as an analytical chemist and ten years as a municipal planner in his native state of Oregon, he worked for several years as an engineering management consultant in various Latin American countries, living and working in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. He speaks English, Spanish and Japanese.
Beginning in 1985 he was employed by the Treasury Department, US Customs Service. While with that agency, he was stationed in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, Washington, DC and Laredo, Texas.
He also served 3 years active duty with the US Navy and 34 years with the Army Reserve (Military Intelligence). During his years of public service Patrick took advantage of liberal government educational support to complete an MA in International Relations and a PhD in Public Policy and Management.
Patrick ended his government career with the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, serving as the Assistant Director of Field Operations for South Texas where he aided in the management of 10 ports of entry and 2,200 employees.
He retired from government service in 2003 and moved to Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, where he constructed his retirement home. He obtained dual citizenship through naturalization as a Mexican citizen in 2008. He lives in Zapopan with his wife, Gloria Elena Gollás Romero. One daughter, two sons, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren live in the United States, while an adopted daughter and three grandchildren live in Mexico.
Patrick is the webmaster of the website "Barnum Family Genealogy"  and the compiler and editor of Barnum Genealogy: 650 Years of Family History (Boston: Higginson Book Company, 2006) [now out of print] and Barnum Genealogy, 2nd Edition (Boston: Higginson Book Company, 2011) .
First-hand information. Entered by Patrick Barnum at registration.
Barnum Family genealogy, Patrick W. Barnum online , accessed 05/08/1998
Marriage certificates (2)
Final decree of divorce
Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Patrick Warren Barnum and Dick H. Barnum (eighth cousins once removed) match on 64 of 67 markers (see YSearch IDs 5ENCV and SHC29) thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) Thomas Barnum (1625-1695). Thomas is the immigrant ancestor of the Barnum family in North America.
This surname originated in England prior to 1350, probably with Sir Walter Barnham, who lived in the village of Barnham in County Suffolk and was Chancellor of the Exchequer during the reign of Richard II. While "Barnham" is still the most common spelling of the surname in England, it appears primarily as "Barnum" in Canada, the United States and numerous other countries.
This is one of three alternate spellings encountered for the surname "Barnham", which originated in England. It is by far the most common spelling now encountered in Canada and the United States and also appears in Mexico, Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Ireland and Germany.
I'm the originator of the Latin American Roots project but presently not active due to health problems. Three of the 20 Latin American Nations, Chile, Mexico and Puerto Rico, have their own projects. There are 16 members and nearly 800 profiles associated with Latin American Roots.
The surname "McAbee" originated in the Kingdom of France in the 17th century or earlier; the original spelling was "Machabée". The surname was brought to "New France" by a French soldier, Pierre-François Macchabée, during the French and Indian War. Descendants of his 24 children helped to populate Canada and the eastern United States.
I'm the originator and leader of the Barnum Name Study, which also includes the variants Barnham and Barnam. There are more than 27,000 profiles in my Barnum family tree but so far I've added less than half of them to WikiTree.
My line of the surname "Queal" (also Quail, Quaile, Quale or Quayle) originated in Ireland. I've had a major brick wall with this surname for many years in trying to find the parents of George S. Queal of Ireland, who married Jane Balb of England, had two sons and arrived in New York prior to 1810.
Patrick Barnum's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Patrick or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 36000 markers, haplogroup R-BY12211, FTDNA kit #63407 +
Y-Chromosome Test 100572 markers, haplogroup R-FGC57007
Dick Barnum :
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 67 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #118801 +
Y-Chromosome Test 100 markers, haplogroup R-FGC57007
Albert Burnham :
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 36000 markers, haplogroup R-BY12211, FTDNA kit #286626 +
Y-Chromosome Test 100 markers, haplogroup R-FGC57007
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1e1a, FTDNA kit #63407
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Patrick:
Hi Patrick. My third great-grandmother was Mary Barnum and I have been researching her 15th child, who in the past has been listed as Ethel A which I think may be incorrect. I have changed the name of this child to Unknown Teare until further information becomes available. Please see my research notes about this change. I'd be happy to have further input and sources on this child from anyone who can help! Thanks!
Hello, I wonder if you can help me with a brick wall I just discovered might have a Barnum connection. I am a descendant of Edwin Porter, the brother-in-law of Cornelia (Willis) Barnum. Do you have information about the relationship between Cornelia and Mary (Willis) Porter, and have you learned anything about their origins? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for helping in getting Elizabeth's profile opened up. I think I undid a couple edits you made as I had her profile opened up while I changed some of her supposed children to be Polly's. Nothing drastic.
I can't find her or her dad (Samuel) in any references ... I'd bet I'm related to her but can't find anything ... ah, well.
Boy, you were right on top of that Merritt merge!!! Thanks ... somehow, his wife Elizabeth's profile got marked as not 'open' and it is orphaned ... she's marked as the mother of his first children and it should be Polly ... but, can't change that until her profile is open ... I'll get on G2G and ask for help. Or, I see you're a 'Leader', so can you do that change of privacy?