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The Purpose of the Barnum Family Genealogy Website

“One thing we have discovered is that we are a nation of wanderers. Our ancestors have wandered the globe, and often left us with only one clue to trace their heritage, their surname” - Anonymous

The Primary Goals of this Site are:


To collect all available information about the BARNUM, BARNAM and BARNHAM surnames worldwide, and about the bearers of those surnames, that might in some way facilitate genealogical research.


To list contact information for all our “cousins” researching those surnames.


To link to those pages which may be of interest to anyone researching the BARNUM surname or its derivatives.


To make all that information available through the Internet, so that it can be freely accessed by any of our family's researchers at any time, from any place.


Although our surname originated as Barnham in England, the most common spelling today is Barnum. Additionally, a small minority of our family members appear to have used the spelling Barnam. Those are the three spellings of the surname found in the historical record and all are included on this website. All three of them appear to be descended from the original Barnham ancestor in England. The surname Burnham has a distinct origin from the surnames Barnum, Barnham, and Barnam and it is not in any way linguistically related to them. However, one member of our family, Stephen Baker Barnum (1790-1860), changed his surname from Barnum to Burnham in order to avoid any association with the showman P.T. Barnum. Accordingly, his descendants are genetically members of the Barnum family and are included on this website.


A Research Guide to the Genealogy of the Barnum/Barnam/Barnham Family in England and North America

The information on this site is developed and maintained by Patrick Barnum

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