Sunday, February 6, 2011

News from Roberta for Cumberland Gap Homecoming

Not knowing where everyone lives, I thought this might be of interest to some of our members. Please feel free to repost as well.
Cumberland Gap Homecoming
All events will be held in the Holiday Inn Express in Middlesboro, Kentucky (1252 N. 12th St.), right on the main drag just north of the Cumberland Gap.  These sessions are sponsored by the Cumberland Gap Yahoo internet group who has a shared interest in how DNA can help with genealogy research.  Sessions are free, but seating is limited, so first folks there get to sit down.
A few rooms at a discounted rate are still available at the Holiday Inn for this group by calling the hotel directly at 606-248-6860 and telling them you are with the Cumberland Gap Homecoming.  After the Holiday Inn fills up, the Sleep Inn next door may have rooms available.
Bring your research and genealogy, a pedigree chart and be prepared to share.  Come and sit a spell.
Sessions are only scheduled for the mornings so participants will have time to enjoy the rest of the events being held at the Cumberland Gap Jamboree.
Each evening, companionship time will be offered in the meeting room for visiting and discussing the events of the day.
For updates to this schedule, I recommend subscribing to the Historical Melungeons, Native Americans and Appalachians Blog at or subscribing to our Yahoo group by sending an e-mail to:
If you are interested in the Cumberland Gap DNA project, we have two projects, one for paternal (yline) DNA that follows the male last name, and one for maternal (mitochondrial) DNA which follows the maternal (mother, mother’s mother, etc.) DNA and genealogical lines. 
You can also e-mail me or my co-administrators for the project FAQ - Roberta Estes,, Penny Ferguson or Janet Crain  
This schedule is not cast in concrete and is subject to change.  Hope to see you in June.
Cumberland Gap Homecoming Schedule
Wednesday, June 8th - Welcome Reception - 7 PM - Holiday Inn Meeting Room (all events are in the meeting room)
Welcome to this informal reception.  Please grab a munchie (Walmart is across the street) and bring along to share.  Bring your own nonalcoholic drink.
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
8:30 - 9:30 DNA and Genealogy Introduction - Roberta Estes
Come and learn about how DNA can be used for genealogical research.  You’ll learn about how DNA testing works for both males and females.  We’ll make science understandable, and by the end of this lecture, you’ll be putting together your own genealogical DNA test plan.  Bring your pedigree chart along for quick reference.
9:30-9:45 - Break
9:45 - 10:45 Pennsylvania Connection to the Cumberland Gap - Arnold McClure
How Pennsylvania ties into the migrations through the Cumberland Gap, down the Shenandoah Valley and down the Ohio Valley to Kentucky.  Mr. McClure will offer a timeline for the migrations and answer questions you may have about your own ancestry that may help with your research.
10:45 - 11:00 - Break
11:00 - 12:00 - Twists and Turns in the Rocky Road - Roberta Estes
This fun filled lecture uses case studies of both Y-line (paternal) and mitochondrial (maternal) DNA testing to show how DNA can be used to both prove and disprove relationships between people.  Be prepared for surprises.  This is our most entertaining and most requested presentation and makes a few family skeletons dance.
7:00 - Sit a Spell
Just come and visit, exchange info, share stories....and well....just sit a spell. 
Friday, June 10th, 2011
8:30 - 9:30 Yikes, My Results are Back!  Now What??? - Roberta Estes
Have DNA results but aren’t sure what to do with them?  This session walks you through how to interpret your results and how to get the most out them.  This presentation is for both Y-line and mitochondrial DNA.
9:30-9:45 - Break
9:45 - 10:15 Women Who Spied for the Confederacy - Connie Lawson
Eleven women of various social and economic backgrounds who spied for the Confederacy during the Civil War
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Where Have all the Indians Gone? - Roberta Estes
This presentation uses the information presented in Robertas most recent academic publication titled “Where Have All the Indians Gone?"  This unique approach combines long buried historical data about the Native American tribes that inhabited the area between the Atlantic seaboard and the Appalachian Mountains with DNA information to provide both answers and new questions.  Where are the descendants of the Indians today?  Who are they?  Where are they?  What happened? 
7:00 Sit a Spell
Saturday, June 11, 2011
8:30 - 9:30 The Melungeons - Jack Goins
Who were the Melungeons?  Where did they come from?  Who were their ancestors?  Are you descended from a Melungeon family?  Learn about these fascinating people from the premier Melungeon researcher and Hawkins County Archivist.
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:45 Melungeons and DNA, the Untold Story - Roberta Estes
This presentation combines history, genealogy and DNA to address the mystery and myth of the Melungeons of Hancock and Hawkins County, Tennessee, their ancestors and descendants.
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Cumberland Gap Migrations - Roberta Estes
Who were the pioneers who settled in the Cumberland Gap area?  Where did they come from?  Who stayed and who used the Gap as a gateway to the west?  What does the DNA of the members of the Cumberland Gap group tell us about those hearty pioneers, where they came from, and who they really were???  Join us on our journey along the Wilderness Road to discover their history.
7:00 - Sit A Spell
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