The Associated Press Reports on Melungeons: A Multi-Ethnic People

In its own way, the Melungeon paper has gone viral, something very unusual for an academic paper.  We’ve received notes today from as far away as Australia and someone told us they say it on Fox News today. 

The AP picked up on the paper and set about to write their own article.  They did a pretty good job, all things considered, except for a typo or two (death years pertaining to photos should have been in the 1900s, not 1800s) and one slight error (the Melungeon male lines who tested were both African and European).  The academic paper itself is correct.

You can share in the excitement here:

The good news is that this article has generated a huge amount of interest in the DNA project.  We’ve received lots of e-mails, and if we are lucky, people from lines previously untested will now test.

If you haven’t seen the original paper that the AP article refers to, you can see it at under the Publications tab.

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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3 Responses to The Associated Press Reports on Melungeons: A Multi-Ethnic People

  1. stevie says:

    Was there no testing in the “RamaPoo mts” of New Jersey?
    That is Melungeon country!
    Also, the sir name “Goins” is a most common name among many federal and non-federal
    recognised tribes through out the carolinas.
    Thinking more testing should continue outside of E.Tn.
    Stevie Soles
    Columbus Co NC

  2. Again, Roberta, congratulations on all your hard work, your ‘discovery’ and your success!

  3. Scott says:

    This is the link to the Joshua Perkins trial about whether they were Negro or not. The same Perkins mentioned in this article.

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