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  1. Lee Carol Cook says:

    The name Goines is very well researched among African American genealogists. I have a relative named Helen Goins who lived in Pittsburgh, PA. Her Goins family originated in Virginia. You should contact Goins researchers who will be able to help you understand more about this group of families. There is much discussion of Goins families being part of a group of tri-racial isolates in Apalachia known commonly as Melungeons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melungeon. The African American genealogy website, Afrigeneas.com has much discussion about the Goins groups. The name can also be spelled Gowans, Gowens etc. .Best wishes

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