Black Folk and Their Kissing Cousins

Keith Josef Adkins, who has researched his family history for seventeen years, shares his discovery of inbreeding among his early ancestors. He writes: "In my research the Ayers and Lynem families of northern Kentucky married into each other's clans for a good century. First cousins married second cousins. Uncles married grand-nieces. A young woman, whose parents themselves were second-cousins, married her third cousin [who was related to both of her parents]. And just for the record, the Lynems were the children of the sister and two brothers from Virginia. And the daughter of one … [Read more...]