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Mountain Ties
The people of the Central Appalachians

Welcome to the Mountain Ties Website

Our roots go deep in the Cumberland Mountain area of the Central Appalachian region and are centered around Dickenson, Wise and Russell Counties in Southwestern Virginia and Pike and Letcher Counties in Eastern Kentucky. In the early 1800's many families moved to this area from Western North Carolina. Some of these families are closely associated with a group of people known as Melungeons. This website will explore the genealogy, history, folklore, and culture of the people of this area.

We selected the name "Mountain Ties" for the site because the mountains were the common link between all of our ancestors whether they lived in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, or Tennessee. Pioneer life, in general, and mountain life, in particular, was hard and our ancestors had to be tough, self-reliant, and resilient to survive. Times have changed but the mountains are still there, calling us home...tying us to them and to each other.

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The Appalachian Life Mailing List has been established to discuss the history, culture, genealogy, and anything else pertaining to mountain life past and present. Please join us in discussing our rich mountain heritage.

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