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DNA study seeks origin of Appalachia's Melungeons

For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 08:42pm EDT

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