Terry Barton, co-founder of World Families Network, President of Barton Historical Society (BHS) and Co-Leader of the 140-man Barton DNA Project will be among the speakers at the 2nd Annual International Conference of Genetic Genealogy for Surname Project Administrators to be held on November 4-5, 2005 at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society (NGS) in Washington, D.C. The two-day event will feature leading experts in the field making presentations on a variety of topics related to the use of DNA for family history and deep ancestral origins. Barton will join other speakers, including population geneticist, Spencer Wells, author of ?The Journey of Man?, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Project Director of the Genographic Project who will be talking to conference participants about this project, its goals, and how the genealogical community can participate.
Barton, who is the ?Line Leader? for the Thomas (1,2,3) Barton family of Stafford Co VA and for the David Barton married Ruth Oldham family, will be speaking on the Barton DNA project. He has made at least one genealogical presentation each of the past four years at the BHS annual reunion and has provided numerous articles for the BHS Newsletters and website. He also regularly haunts the Barton Boards and Forums, providing information and hints to those searching for their Barton roots. He plans to write a book on his Thomas Barton family and has a growing collection of history books, which he hopes will help him describe the times when his ancestors were alive.
Recently, Terry has been featured in two local newspaper articles which touched on his interests in genealogy and work in DNA testing:
Marietta Daily Journal, March 16, 2005 - "Terry Barton Digs Deep to Find His Ancestors" by Lana Drucker
Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 2, 2005 - "DNA Testing takes genealogy to next level" by Mary Ellen Hopkins
Other speaking engagements for Barton this year include:
South Plains Genealogical Society, Lubbock TX, Feb 12, 2005 - "The Barton House"
Texas State Genealogical Society, Lubbock TX, Oct 21/22, 2005 - DNA and Genealogy
Daughters of the Republic of Texas - James Smith Chapter, Lubbock TX, Oct 24, 2005 - "The Barton House"
Second Annual International Genetic Genealogy Conference, Washington DC, Nov 4, 2005 - "The Barton DNA Project"
Through his website, World Families Network, Terry shares his learning and acquired skills with others who are running Surname Projects and helps their family organizations to become more effective. He says: ?If World Families Network can help other surname projects accomplish even a fraction of what the Barton DNA Project and Barton Historical Society have done for the Barton family in terms of learning together, fun, and sharing, this will be well worth it!?
The Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Surname Project Administrators is open to genealogists from all over the world who currently manage Surname Projects at Family Tree DNA and want to learn more about the advances of DNA testing for Genealogy and Anthropology.
With over 40,000 Y-DNA and mtDNA tests performed, Family Tree DNA is the only organization in the field of Genetic Genealogy that has consistently offered the emerging science that enables genealogists around the world to advance their research. Since its inception, in April of 2000, when it developed the commercial application of what until then was only available for academic and scientific research, Family Tree DNA has been associated with Arizona Research Labs and Dr. Michael Hammer, head of the Genomics Analysis and Technology Core at the University of Arizona, as well as some of the world's leading authorities in the fields of Genetics and Anthropology.
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