Monday, November 30, 2009

Where Have All the Indians Gone?

Native American Eastern Seaboard Dispersal
Genealogy and DNA in Relation To
Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony of Roanoke

By MHS Board Member Roberta Estes

Journal of Genetic Genealogy, 5(2):96-130, 2009


Within genealogy circles, family stories of Native American1 heritage exist in many families whose American ancestry is rooted in Colonial America and traverses Appalachia. The task of finding these ancestors either genealogically or using genetic genealogy is challenging.

With the advent of DNA testing, surname and other special interest projects, tools now exist to facilitate the tracing of patrilineal and matrilineal lines in present-day people, back to their origins in either Native Americans, Europeans, or Africans. This paper references and uses data from several of these public projects, but particularly the Melungeon, Lumbee, Waccamaw, North Carolina Roots and Lost Colony projects.

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Note: A PDF reader is required. This article is over seven megabytes in length, so some patience is also required if downloading over a dial-up connection.

For for links to supplementary data to which the article refers, the table contents for the JoGG issue in which the article appears must be consulted: Click Here.

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