Melungeon Families of Interest- Background



Bolin, Bolling, Boltons, Bunch, Collins, Denham, Gibson, Goins, Goodman, Hopkins, Mallett, Melungeon, Menleys, Minor, Moore, Mornings, Mullins, Perkins, Shumake, Williams


If your Y or mtDNA tests won't show a Melungeon ancestor you are welcome to join this Families of Interest site by going to:

For information on joining the Melungeon Core project which focuses on the paternal Y chromosome which follows the surname see this site:

If you have taken or want to take the mtDNA test, which both males and females can take, and you have a Melungeon ancestor in your direct maternal line, meaning your mother, her mother, her mother, etc., please to this site for more information and join:

The goal of these DNA projects is to use DNA to better understand the origins of the Melungeon people, and this will be done by comparing the DNA with other project members, those outside of projects, and will incorporate relevant genealogical and historical research. All participants will be included in the ongoing studies and by joining the project, you are giving consent for your information to be anonymously included in ongoing genetic genealogy research. Your personal identity will not be revealed, but your results will be used to better understand the Melungeons as a people and their ancestors.

In 2012, Janet Crain, Roberta Estes, Penny Ferguson and Jack Goins co-authored the first academic paper to be published on the Melungeons titled "Melungeons: A Multi-Ethnic Population." Published in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, this article defined the Melungeon families and then discussed what was revealed about each family line by their DNA results. You can download the paper at

We would like to thank all of our project members who made this research possible.

Melungeon research is a search for the truth and sometimes the truth is not what we expect, but wherever this research path leads, share it with us and come along on this journey.

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Melungeon DNA Project volunteer administrators receive no monetary or any other compensation for services or expenses involved with the administration of the Melungeon_Families DNA Project.

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