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 out of 67 markers (see YSearch IDs 5ENCV and SHC29) thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their 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 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 and project leader of the Latin American Roots project, which is open to anyone who manages profiles associated with any of the 20 Latin American nations or who has an interest in the history or genealogy of Latin America. Three of the 20 Latin American Nations, Chile, Mexico and Puerto Rico, have their own projects. There are nearly 400 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/Barnham/Barnam Name Study. There are slightly more than 27,000 profiles in my Barnum family tree but only a small portion of them have so far been added to the name study.
My line of the surname "Queal" (also Quail or Quale) 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.
Hi Patrick - I learned of your Latin America Project today and would like to join. I have roots from Panama, I'm an experienced genealogist, and I'm also an administrator for the Panama DNA project in FTDNA.
Hi Patrick, this is just a heads-up for the Latin America project: I was asked to find sources for Mariano Balcarce and his wife Mercedes de San Martin, who lived in France for a long time. I have sourced the profiles to the best of my ability and found that the family tree is full of Latin American notables, including Mexican ones in the family (not entered) of their daughter Josefa Balcarce's husband. Perhaps someone of the project would like to take charge of this. Some are really "big" notables and I can't speak Spanish. I'll also post on the Notables monthly thread. I owe this to the wonderful Paula Dea, who unearthed these unidentified profiles during the Clean-A-Thon. Thanks!
Thank you for your insight into Lily Abbaduska Barnum's middle initial. It was also M in the 1880 census. It did not change to A until after her marriage, most likely referring to her maiden name like you pointed out. Thanks again. Janet
I don't see any current projects in the Latin American Roots for Ecuador Pre-1700. I think I would like to apply for a Pre-1700, Spanish Roots. I was wondering whether information about a Pre-1700 Spanish/Sephardi Roots project could be somehow gathered.
Please let me know.
Now here is something really funny....I have two trees here on wikitree. One is for my biological family and one is for the family that adopted me. I have found that you and I are related two ways...I suggest you do a "realtionship to me" check on Tressler-199. You will find that we are also 21st cousins once removed and the common ancestor is William Douglas. Maybe this gives me a way to link my two trees together (which is part of my reason for having two trees).