Ted Klein began his interest in genealogy in the mid-1990's, after his retirement in 1988 from the Defense Language Institute English Language Center, where he was a specialist in English language training and education for military students from more than 60 allied and friendly nations.
currently teaches English as-a- second language to immigrants for the Adult Education Department of the Austin Community College
mother, the late Alma Sioux Scarberry; novelist, newspaperwoman, public relations specialist, etc. was born in Carter County in eastern Kentucky in 1899.
family were long-time residents of the southern Appalachian mountains of Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and northern Tennessee.
Ted's quest for more information has included some original research on Melungeons
and their connections to French-Huguenot refugees, who also came into the southeastern U.S. many years ahead of the Scot-Irish population and others who later dominated the area.
is descended from or related to nine lines of Melungeon families.
Ted is a charter member of the Melungeon Heritage Foundation, is a member of the Melungeon Heritage Association and wrote several articles for the Melungeon journal, "Under One Sky.
attended the first three Melungeon Unions at the University of Virginia at Wise
and presented at two of them.
taught an applied phonology course at Dumlupinar University June and July of 2001 in Kütahya in central Anatolia in Turkey, one of the likely Melungeon sources.