New DNA Study of Melungeons

Started by Justin Swanström on Saturday, May 26, 2012


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5/26/2012 at 12:23 PM

"For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.

"Now a new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy attempts to separate truth from oral tradition and wishful thinking. The study found the truth to be somewhat less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin."

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5/26/2012 at 2:23 PM

Great minds think alike, Justin. I just came here to add the same article.

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