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.
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The test results do not apply to everyone who is considered a Melungeons, obvious in any mixed race and mixed ethnicities the word Melungeons becomes a catchall term for any people of mixed-race ancestry. The DNA testing was limited to 69 male lines and 8 female lines so there are no doubt many more combinations out there.