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Old 06-30-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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Mongolian is not a racial characteristic of Melungeons.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the info..
Yes, you are correct...

Im digging for needles, trying to determine where the mongolian look comes from. I thought I read years ago about mongolian mixed people in Appalachia, but I can not find the information now. Geesssh, if 10% indian can make my grandmother look completely mongolian, than native american genes must be very strong! I think there are mountains in west virginia called the Mongolian mountains. I have no idea.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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That photo of the melungeuns definitely does not look like my family.
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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That photo of the melungeuns definitely does not look like my family.
I'm sorry you missed my point. What someone looks like does not determine their racial makeup. Genetics does. You can't do genealogy, or determine what someone's genetic make-up is by looking at them.

And incidentally, I think you're meaning to say mongoloid, which is a racial classification. Not Mongolian -- which is country.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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Either way, 2 German LOOKING humans usually do not have sex and pop out a child that looks of MONGOLOID genetics. Its a mystery and that is the purpose of this thread. I guess no one else has a much better idea than I do, regarding what genetics would make a german child look asian. lol. geeessshhh, never mind.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:19 AM
 
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Of course it's possible. I have a friend, who everyone always thinks has Native American blood, whose ancestry is pure New England blue blood. Your problem is making assumptions about people because of what they look like.

And please, do let me know what "German looking people" are? Do they look different than the French? Than the Dutch? Than the Swiss? Than the Russians? Were they wearing lederhosen, or something? To even use a phrase like that is the height of ignorance. Like I said, leave that b. s. to the Nazis, thanks.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Yes...while it really, truly is futile and pointless to obsess over race and what one's race "really is," this subject comes up again and again in society... I think the world is too obsessed with race--we can't get away from it. Even in the OP's reasoning for asking this question in the first place, that people keep asking about his/her heritage, we see how popular this subject is. I'm not saying he/she is wrong to wonder but it simply amazes me how "race" seems so important. That being said...

Maybe the OP should consider that the Asian-looking facial features might come from the European ancestors too. Celtic and Scandinavian peoples sometimes end up having high cheekbones and/or "almond eyes," as do some other groups like Russians.

I also agree with the people who said that physical features that are buried way back in time can resurface onto a future generation. It might have to do with recessive/dominant genes in the family, but I don't know much else about that.

Then of course there's the possibility that others in the family were part Native American or part something else and they just didn't know it or they didn't share it with anyone, perhaps not wanting to be considered a different race or "mixed" during a time when that wasn't acceptable.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:06 PM
 
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This might be a stretch but a lot of appalachian folk are descended from Celts by way of Scotland (the folks you think are Irish are probably Scots-Irish). The Celts originated in Central Asia. It's possible some of those Asian traits were handed down, perhaps more heavily in certain families that settled in the area you're talking about.

I just realized the poster before me made the same point.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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It's a matter of chance: Recessive genes often pop up in a person's DNA. It's when the baby gets the recessive gene from BOTH parents that it gets something different like green eyes or red hair.

Recessive genes not only show up in facial characteristics, but in things like height, talents (two tone-deaf parents have a child with amazing musical ability) physical build or tendency towards certain diseases.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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To the op: have you heard of the Melungians? This might describe you somewhat.

DNA Fingerprinting to Discover Your Ancestors By Donald N. Yates

EDIT: I see someone else has mentioned this previously. Sorry.

Last edited by Doctor Blues; 07-20-2011 at 06:38 PM.. Reason: to address the forum on my error
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