Sunday, April 15, 2012

My ancestors have been in Appalachia for many years, and in tracing them I
have found a lot of interesting and sometimes unusual situations.  One of
these situations is when a lady at Stony Creek Church described a group of
people as melungin.

Through the years I have learned much about the Melungeons from the
descendants of the families who were classified Melungeon, including my own
Goins and Minor family.

  What I have enjoyed most of all is backtracking these pioneer families from
the Clinch River at Blackwater, Tennessee to the many places they lived
during their incredible migration journey, so I have named this web site as
the place to share “my incredible research journey.”

As the Hawkins County Tennessee Archivist, I want to share the progress of
our volunteer organization, "Friends Of The Hawkins County Archive Project."
We have completed the process of cleaning, indexing and microfilming the
court records dating from 1787 to 1930 and are now open to the public from 9
AM until 4 PM Monday through Thursday, anyone in the area please stop by the

Melungeon researchers and authors are listed on this site with their books
and some information about them.

 Our DNA projects may interest you, they show relationships with the ones
tested, and also studying their deep ancestry is interesting.   Our
Melungeon Project has a DNA adviser, Roberta Estes.   Roberta has family
roots in the area,  she has an understanding of the culture and problems
with researching these families,  plus her knowledge of DNA and how it works
help keep us from going astray with our Melungeon Project.

   My research is a search for the truth and sometimes the truth is sad and
unpleasant, but wherever this journey leads me, I’ll share it, so come and
go with me on this journey.

Jack Goins

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