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23 December 2007

Melungeon Information at

Native Americans - Melungeon

This site has all kinds of links to a wide variety of information about Melungeons. For example:

ALHN Melungeon Webpage - This is the Melungeon information page for the American Local History Network.

Appalachian Quarterly Magazine, Wise County (VA) Historical Society- A magazine which regularly covers items on Melungeons. Link to the Melungeon Registry, which traces family histories of many Melungeon families. List of common Melungeon names.

Black Dutch - Six different meanings for the term Black Dutch or Black German.

Black Dutch and Irish, Melungeons, Moravians, Pennsylvania Dutch - Shirley Hornbeck's This and That Genealogy Tips, Genealogy Tips on Black Dutch and Irish, Melungeons, Moravians, Pennsylvania Dutch

Brent Kennedy's response to Virginia DeMarce: Kennedy defending his book after DeMarce wrote a review attacking it.

See this site for many more links to Melungeon data.

Wantabes and Outalucks: Searching for Indian Ancestors in Federal Records

Article on Native American Research:
by Kent Carter Director, National Archives-Fort Worth Branch

This very in-depth article is a step-by-step explanation of how to research your Native American roots, complete with helpful links.

Black Dutch

Shaking Your Family Tree, April 2, 1998

IN SEARCH OF THE BLACK DUTCH, by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, C.G.

"The so-called 'Black Dutch' have long been an enigma in American genealogy. Their descendants are widely reported, yet no authoritative definition exists for this intriguing term,'' James Pylant says in an article entitled "In Search of the Black Dutch,'' which appears in American Genealogy Magazine (Volume 12, No. 1).

Many readers of this periodical responded to a survey about their "Black Dutch'' ancestry as did several professional genealogists. The results were interesting but inconclusive. [Follow link for the rest of this article.]

22 December 2007

The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina. Their Origin and Racial Status. A Plea for Separate Schools

George Edwin Butler, 1868-1941. The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina. Their Origin and Racial Status. A Plea for Separate Schools: "The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina. Their Origin and Racial Status. A Plea for Separate Schools:
Electronic Edition.

The digitalized book includes names of petitioners and the history of the Lumbee or Croatan Indians of this region.

This is from the web site: "Documenting the American South (DocSouth)," which includes ten thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture. Their homepage is located at:

12 December 2007

Many tribes left their mark on Indiana

Terre Haute News, Terre Haute, Indiana-

By Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Last week’s column discussed Indiana’s most influential Indian tribes, the Miami, Wea, and Piankashaw, as described in The Indian Tribes of North America, by John R. Swanton. Yet, there were other tribes that also left their mark in and on the state.

The Chippewa or Ojibwa was a tribe of the east coast and the Great Lakes area. Like the Miamis, they were part of the Algonquin linguistic group. In treaties made in 1795, 1817, and 1821, they relinquished their lands in Indiana to the whites. Their tribal name means “to roast until puckered,” and referred to the puckered seam in their moccasins.

The Delaware Indians were also of Algonquin stock. . . . [Read rest of article through link]

10 December 2007

Another Way Kinship is Beneficial

What Finnish Grandmothers Reveal about Human Evolution: Scientific American

Biologist Virpi Lummaa's work reveals that humans may be the best subject to study for evolutionary effects across generations
By David Biello

But it seems that grandfathers aren't as biologically helpful to the kinship group.

A study with fascinating conclusions.

A Surprise in Jim's Genes | The Genealogue

James Watson—who helped discover the structure of DNA, and suggested recently that black people are genetically inferior to whites—has had his own genome sequenced.

An analysis of his genome shows that 16% of his genes are likely to have come from a black ancestor of African descent. By contrast, most people of European descent would have no more than 1%.

[Read the rest by clicking on link. I love the comment posted that says this reminds the commenter of a recent DNA "surprise" in her own family; she says we're going to have to start a new genealogy website:!]

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