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This is a status on the DNA testing. Samples of the remains of 25 individuals were sent to the University of Oklahoma in October. As you may recall, the skeletal preservation at Avondale Burial Place was better than we had originally expected, but there were concerns that it was less than optimal for DNA testing. New South, in consultation with the University of Oklahoma, elected to submit teeth for the testing. The teeth were selected because they are very dense and tend to preserve well. Now it seems that this was the perfect choice for DNA testing, considering the overall skeletal preservation of those recovered.

Once the teeth arrived, DNA was extracted by the laboratory and the time-consuming process began. Even with all of the care and planning, there was no guarantee that there was enough usable material present to do any sequencing and comparison. We have recently heard that the DNA extraction was successful.

Now that we know the extraction was successful, extractions from living descendants are being planned. At this time, we expect that at least 6 or 8 potential descendants will be tested. The University of Oklahoma is going to guide this process and will be sending New South guidelines aimed at yielding the best results. Once this is received, New South will identify and make contact with the individuals to be tested.

Because of the importance of this study, the University of Oklahoma is trying to obtain additional funding in order to do additional testing. We would like to include additional members of the Barton family, as well as other long-time Bibb County residents in the additional testing. If you know of anyone with ties to the area but known to be unrelated to the Barton family and would be interested in being tested, please let us know. The process of obtaining grants might be a slow one, but watch this blog for updates!

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