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Old 03-23-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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To anyone researching Geneology for Appalachian Families...

I leave Powwows.com for a while and come back and theres a new sub-forum that I'd like to participate in LOL

Anyway, I thought I would share a bit of things to anyone researching from my 10 long years of researching.

If your family is from Appalachia, and as far as you can tell has ALWAYS been in Appalachia, you were told your whole life you are native, and you swear your family looks it, but your ancestor did NOT walk the trail of tears...there is a strong possibility you are Melungeon. Some of the most popular Melungeon surnames are:

Collins, Gibson, Mullins, Goins, Bunch, Bowlin, and Denham

Melungeon is not some "undiscovered" tribe, all it is is a fancy name for people who mixed early. And not just native tribes and whites, but also African Americans as well, and then after they intermarried, they kept marrying people who were also mixed. Most of the time, they put white on the census just for people to leave them alone, but they were still social outcasts because they looked and acted different from your standard white person because they had mixed cultures and didn't wholly identify with any of the 3 social groups.

You can find more info about Melungeons at Welcome to the Melungeon Heritage Association Website | Melungeon Heritage Association
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