The Melungeons blog

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DNA Consultants' Melungeon DNA Project

"Update, Sept. 16, 2010. The article by Donald N. Panther-Yates and Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman, "Towards a Genetic Profile of Melungeons in Southern Appalachia," is currently in page proofs at Appalachian Journal and ought to be published sometime this fall. We will post a copy of it here when it appears. In the meantime, we are pleased to post the data containing the profiles of the forty participants (unassociated with name). I will be in communication with each of you over the next few weeks to thank you personally and see if you want to add any information to your case. A big, big thank you to the following for their patience and endurance. This is an enduring benchmark in Melungeon studies!"


President Barack Obama a Melungeon Desendant

"San Diego State University professor D. Emily Hicks has traced some common ancestry with President Barack Obama. According to the professor of Chicana/o Studies, she and the President share Melungeon roots. Obama is a descendant of Mary Collins of Orange County, Virginia as well as of Nathaniel Bunch of Louisa County and John Bunch of New Kent--well known "feeder" counties for what became the Melungeon settlement described in Brent Kennedy's book, The Melungeons, The Resurrection of a Proud People."


Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Landua 's family praising him.


"Updated: 11:25 AM Sep 9, 2011

NEW INFO: 'America's Got Talent' Finalist Landau Has a Sweeping Past
Landau Murphy, the singing sensation from Logan, wasn't aways a crooner."

"Posted: 10:05 PM Sep 7, 2011
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff, Randy Yohe
Email Address:,"


Is Landua A Melungeon?

This is amazing !! Logan County, West Virginia, used to be Melungeon, (still is), Melungeon Country!! I wonder if Landua has Melungeon DNA ? Sure is tall enough.

Helen Campbell

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