Discovering Appalachian and Melungeon Roots
My father’s side of the family all originally came from Kentucky and Tennessee, from “the hills.” As far as we know, they were Appalachian hill folk. Like many others who share our ancestry, we are European in background at least, but may also have Native American and possibly Melungeon heritage. One of my great-grandmothers from Kentucky was listed as being part Melungeon. I was interested to discover today that if you are melungeon, you may also be part African American and be descended from intermarriages between indentured servants of both African and European descent (http://news.yahoo.com/dna-study-seeks-origin-appalachias-melungeons-201144041.html).