Genealogy and DNA / History / People

A Suspected Tribute of… Respect?

Tagged , ,

Obituaries in the Nineteenth Century are known for being incredibly long and affectionate. There is one obituary that is unbelievably so, so much so that the reader is left to wonder if the author was sincere, or just sarcastic.

READ MORE

Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / People

Ghosts in Dromgoole’s Closet

Tagged , ,

Aside from the ridiculous racism and bigotry exhibited in her non-fiction works, there are many issues with Dromgoole’s material on both Melungeons and the mountain people. Most of the Melungeon articles come from the same original body of work.

READ MORE

Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / People

Will Allen Dromgoole (1860-1934)

Tagged , ,

No series on Melungeons is complete without discussion on the individuals who kept history aware of them. This article covers a woman who is perhaps the strangest, most exploitative, and inconsistent writer on the matter:

READ MORE

Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples

Campaign for Racial Restoration

Tagged , 4 Comments on Campaign for Racial Restoration

As a historical website, one discussion needs particular attention. In areas of genealogy, we have reached a pinnacle in America that shouldn’t be as ignored as it is.

READ MORE

Genealogy and DNA / History

Y-DNA of the Fomorians

Tagged , ,

In Irish mythology, the Fomoire (or Fomorians) are a semi-divine race of darked haired, dark-skinned giants said to have inhabited Ireland in ancient times. Known as being gallant seafarers, the legends say their name means ‘dark of the sea’.

READ MORE

Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History

Melungeons and the Portuguese Theories

Tagged , ,

As stressed earlier in this article series, there are no definite or concrete records for Melungeon researchers. Even if we allow them the Portuguese ancestry they claimed for centuries, there are an impressive number of theories and legends regarding their arrival in Newman’s Ridge.

READ MORE

Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History

Melungeons were Portuguese?

Tagged , ,

It’s easy to see how uneducated mountaineers might have classified people who were Italian, Greek, Latino or Portuguese, as coming from African roots due to their darker colors. Two hundred years ago, education was a luxury in a life of bare survival.

READ MORE

%d bloggers like this: