This website was born out of a
personal desire to learn about my ancestry. The more I dug
into my ancestors' past, the term "Melungeon" kept popping up.
I want to use this website to
share with you what I have discovered and learned about the Melungeons.
The videos below are Melungeon related.
I hope you enjoy them.
Definition According to Wikipedia
is a term traditionally applied to one of a number of "tri-racial
isolate" groups of the Southeastern United States, mainly in the
Cumberland Gap area of central Appalachia, which includes portions of
East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and East Kentucky. Tri-racial
describes populations thought to be of mixed European, sub-Saharan
African, and Native American ancestry. Although there is no consensus
on how many such groups exist, estimates range as high as 200.
testing of Melungeon descendants has been limited, but the Melungeon
DNA Project, which has made its results public, so far shows
overwhelming mixed European and sub-Saharan African haplotypes of
females and males in several families traditionally identified as
Melungeon and considered so by researchers. This
website is not done yet and it never will be. So keep
back for more interesting information regarding the Melungeons. If you
have any comments, suggestions or anything else interesting to share
email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many opinions and theories about
the origin of the Melungeon people. There are even differences in
opinion about the origin of the word Melungeon.
personal opinion regarding the ancestory of the
Melungeon people is perhaps there is some truth
to most theories out there. I do believe that they are a
mixture of several races of people and each family's admixture is unique.
Click here for an excellent
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web page.
is a T-Shirt I designed to show my Melungeon Pride
you are interested in buying a T-Shirt let me know. If there is enough
interest I can have some made to sell. Just send me an email
isn't particularly Melungeon exclusive, but I am sure you can find many
a Melungeon over yonder dat talks like this.
Lincoln a Melungeon?
believe he was. You
can read more about President Lincoln's possible connection to the
Melungeons by clicking
The woman in this photograph
is an ancestor in my family tree. Her last name is Oxendine.
The Oxendines are a common Melungeon and Lumbee Indian name.
there a connection between the Lumbee Indians and the Melungeons?
I dare to say possibly there is, at the sake of upsetting
many folks. But based on my family tree I'd say there is a
good chance that they may have intermarried.
You Just Might Be
Your ancestors claimed they were Black Dutch.
Your great great great grand parents avoided the Trail of Tears but for
unknown reasons ended up in Oklahoma later anyway.
Beggars are periodically invited to your table.
Everyone in your family has one name for outsiders and another for use
within the family.
You eat pork.
Family History is never mentioned or discussed.
Your family tree looks more like a telephone pole.
ancestors lived on property straddling two or more states or counties
and were sometimes counted on the census in one place, sometimes in
another place, without moving.
You make deals only with relatives.
Your family seemed definitely ethnic but no one was copping to what
Your doctors tell you that you have some kind of arthritis but all
tests come out negative and they shake their heads.
I picked these "if's" because they reminded me of my family. For more
"if's" click here.
One theory of the origins of the
discussed in this video
Do you think
you have Melungeon heritage in your family? If you do please
email me and tell me why you think so at: email@example.com