FIRST ANNUAL MHS CONFERENCE - JUNE 12th
Presentations at the MHS conference will begin at 10 a.m. and will cover topics such as the origin and historical uses of the term "Melungeon," DNA research on Melungeon families, and other topics related to the multi-ethnic people first documented in the Clinch River region in the early 19th century. The use of DNA technology in genealogy will be covered by Roberta Estes, founder of DNA Explain, a Michigan company that analyzes and interprets individual DNA tests.
Other presenters include Jack Goins, Hawkins County Archivist and author of Melungeons and Other Pioneer Families; Kathy Lyday-Lee, a professor at Elon College who taught a course on Melungeons; and Kathy James, who will present DNA information on the Gibson and Collins families.
"This conference is of special interest to those who want to learn more about the Melungeons," said Winkler, "but it is also designed to benefit anyone interested in genealogy and especially in the use of DNA technology to trace family lines." Keep Reading Here.
President of the Melungeon Historical Society, Wayne Winkler WETS FM 89.5 FM
Wayne Winkler's book "Walking Toward The Sunset, The Melungeons of Appalachia"
MY MATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER (ABOVE) HIS 2nd GREAT GRANDMOTHER WAS ORPHA GIBSON.