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Will Allen Dromgoole (1860-1934)

No series on Melungeons is complete without discussion on the individuals who kept history aware of them. This article covers a woman who is

Strange Cases of Kleptomania

These Virginia thieves put the "mania" in kleptomania. The authorities were as amused by them as residents were annoyed with them.

George W. Robinette: The Bone Collector

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George W. Robinette was a fascinating figure in Scott County history.

Melungeon DNA and the European Enigma

Genetic genealogy through DNA testing, has sadly been harnessed to muddle the subject even more. Despite this field being in its infancy, global mapping

The Melungeon People

There were multiple families in the initial group. They were varied in hue and features, but the outside world wasn't aware of them for

The Melungeon Manipulation

Being an original Melungeon must've been a difficult life. The overwhelming majority of the media held you in utter contempt.

Melungeon Community

The earliest "proof" of Melungeons is commonly cited is the Stony Creek church minutes from 1813. One church member accused another of "harboring melungins.

The Real History of Melungeons

Sadly, it seems even less is known of the people today. Early historical accounts suggest the Melungeons were there before the white settlers.

Melungeon Fame

As word spread of the "new race" so did fantasy. Northern reporters made it a point to briskly "investigate the community," by speaking to

Melungeon Etymology

This word has been used for centuries, although in strikingly different contexts. The most likely origin is the French term "Mélange," which simply means