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From: Brent Kennedy <>
Subject: Re: [Melungeon] thanks
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 08:35:25 -0800 (PST)
This is exactly right, Jack. And this is why we do a "population study" in an effort to "catch" throiugh a wide net those elusive genes that will provide us with some hints at the origins that got our ancestors labeled as Melungeons or Ramps or what have you. A single individual's results won't tell us a darned thing about the broader population (and not all that much about ourselves). Thanks!
Jack Goins <> wrote:
----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis Maggard
> As I understand it, it was once common knowledge who they were and where
> they lived. It shouldn't be all the hard to look up descendants. And I
> believe that's what was done. Hopefully Brent and/or Wayne will discuss
> actual selection and sampling process.
> Dennis Maggard
## And you are also aware that even this don't tell you much, it's far more
complicated as Cleland Thorpe has explained concerning a private test on his
Melungeon descendant. Following mothers, mothers, mothers from present day
descendants will most likely miss the reason their grandparents etc. were
labeled Melungeons. Vardy Collins mother may have been American, English
caucasians. If you could find a documented Male descendant of Vardy Collins
and test their Y-Chromosome that may tell what nationality he was, but even
this is not 100% . Maybe they were called Melungeon because of some
unidentified Indian mixture. Jack
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