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Enrollment eligibility:

Any person who can prove direct lineal descent via documented genealogy to any of the Melungeon families that resided in the Melungeon communities of East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky,  West Virginia, North Carolina, or Virginia from 1600-present day and migrated to the Rustbelt area of the Great Lakes Region before or during the Autoboom Migration of the 1930's-1950's OR a relative currently enrolled in Great Lakes Melungeon Nation.  A list of currently accepted family surnames and origin counties can be found under our Ancestors page.  Children 16 and under must have parental consent to enroll.

*will work with adoptees without access to closed records, please contact*


Enrollment procedure:

A documented family tree showing your direct lineal descent to your Lakeminite ancestor can be mailed to the registrar at

All approved members will receive a downloadable certificate of enrollment.  A free enrollment ID card can be provided via mail upon request. If you need photo ID it can be provided at a small fee, please visit our shop page or e-mail us at

Well documented pedigrees often see a quicker response on their enrollment requests than those without documentation.

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