Melungeons Demystified

Thanks to Rocky for this link.

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…

http://news.yahoo.com/dna-study-seeks-origin-appalachias-melungeons-201144041.html

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