Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Melungeons - Examining An Appalachian Legend


Melungeons
Examining An Appalachian Legend
Pat Spurlock


Update - 2012

"In the meantime, we have a new problem that has the potential of further polluting future Melungeon research.  It is the speculative results of a popularized so-called Melungeon DNA Study."

I am so glad this book was reprinted, it has been immensely helpful these past years as I have worked on the Melungeons and their families. It is still the best Melungeon book I have read in fifteen years of research. 



September 6, 2012
Third revised edition. 380 pp. Index, bibliography, appendices, update sections concerning recent DNA testing. The author draws on her more than thirty-year study of these legendary mountaineers. She brings her recognized skills as a professional genealogist, as well as formal training in criminal investigation and legal research, to the hunt for Melungeon origins. The result is a fascinating and highly readable book which is also a scholarly examination of the Melungeon mystery. The author debunks many widely held but unsubstantiated beliefs about Melungeons. She dismisses trendy specualtion about Old World Melungeon origins, preferring to deal with facts rather than fantasy and comes to her own carefully considered conclusion. Along the way, this work guides the reader out of a labyrinth of false leads created in earlier Melungeon works. This study is a treasure trove of genealogical information and fully indexed with an extensive bibliography. It is a must for those researching Melungeons and their related family lines. The updates in this edition discuss DNA testing and what to expect when used in Melungeon studies. It is an invaluable resource for the professional and family genealogist, historian, ethnologist, and folklorist.

1 comment:

  1. YDNA can be helpful for tracing linage, but it's not helpful for trying to figure out ancestor's ethnicity. We are carrying around the DNA that got passed down to us from 1,000 of years from many, many, many contributors.

    I honestly don't understand the emphasis on ethnicity and not linage in the Melungeon YDNA project. The purpose of Genealogy is to track your linage - ancestry.

    I too am happy the books gone into 3rd edition.

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