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Cherokee DNA Project

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Here you will find links to other Cherokee DNA pages together with in-house studies and publications. We have been studying Cherokee DNA for over 10 years and believe that we have both a unique collection and novel approach. 

Donald N. Yates, Ph.D., project administrator. To send me an email use our comment form below or write to dpy(at)dnaconsultants.com.

Phase III testing to validate your Cherokee heritage is open to enrollment (as of October 1, 2014). To join this study, you must purchase a Native American DNA Test or Native American DNA Report Only. You may email us to receive a 10% discount code. You must also agree to the terms of the Project Participation Consent Form.  This test determines your mitochondrial DNA haplogroup and specific haplotype. Participants in Phase II have their results compared to the original sample of 113 individuals who purchased mitochondrial DNA testing to determine their female lineage. If your mitochondrial haplotype is reported to be Native American or if it matches other Cherokee descendants in the study, you may elect to add your results to the published results and share them with friends and family on our Results Pages (login required). (AREA UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Phase II testing closed on September 19, 2014. See the announcement. Results were released in a series of blog posts beginning with More Anomalous Mitochondrial DNA Lineages in the Cherokee - Part One.  Read the full article:

More Anomalous Mitochondrial DNA Lineages in the Cherokee (October 9, 2014)

Abstract. A purposive sample of individuals who took a mitochondrial DNA test to determine female lineage (n=67) was created from participants in DNA Consultants' Cherokee DNA Project Phase II. Almost all beforehand claimed matrilineal descent from a Native American woman, usually believed to be Cherokee, and often named in genealogy research undertaken by the customer. The majority of subjects revealed "anomalous" haplotypes not previously classified as American Indian. Many matched others in Phase I. Several individuals overcame the barrier of a sealed adoption to find biological relationships, often to other participants. As in Phase I, a Middle Eastern type, haplogroup T, emerged as the most common lineage (19.4% in Phase II, 22.7% overall in the project), followed by H, U and J, all Eurasian types. Sub-Saharan African haplogroup L (9%) was prominent as a minor category. Old Europe haplogroups I, N, V and W occurred in small amounts and should be considered strikingly new, unreported signals of authentic Cherokee ancestry.

Project Participation Consent Form.

herokee Clans. An Informal History. By Donald N. Yates. E-book $1.95. Instant download. Notes on the seven Cherokee clans, their history, famous representatives and traditional strengths, as first published in Ancient American magazine. 24 pp.

Red Man's Origin (Cherokee Chapbooks) edited by Donald Panther-Yates [Kindle edition]. The Cherokee national narrative, as originally told by Sahkiyah Sanders to his fellow Keetoowah Society member Cornsilk or William Eubanks (Panther's Lodge, 2011)

Anomalous Cherokee DNA Studies. Cherokee descendants doing DNA tests have been puzzled to find a large number of Middle Eastern lineages. This section of Cherokee DNA Project is devoted to those results and includes published and unpublished studies, Y chromosomal, autosomal and mitochondrial DNA data on file and private ancestry reports with Cherokee genealogies and tribal roll numbers authorized to be shared with those who register and logon securely to this gateway.

Anomalous Mitochondrial DNA Lineages in the Cherokee. Blog post dated August 31, 2009, that broke the news of Middle Eastern mitochondrial DNA in Cherokee descendants.

Anomalous Mitochondrial Lineages in the Cherokee (original version) Anomalous Mitochondrial Lineages in the Cherokee (original version) (169 KB)

Anomalous Mitochondrial DNA Lineages in the Cherokee. Study sponsored by DNA Consultants. Secured. You must register and logon to view this paper and its data.

Abstract. A sample of 52 individuals who purchased mitochondrial DNA testing to determine their female lineage was assembled after the fact from the customer files of DNA Consultants. All claim matrilineal descent from a Native American woman, usually named as Cherokee. The main criterion for inclusion in the study is that test subjects must have obtained results not placing them in the standard Native American haplogroups A, B, C or D, hence the use of the word “anomalous.” Most subjects reveal haplotypes that were unmatched anywhere else except among other participants. There proves to be a high degree of interrelatedness and common ancestral lines. Haplogroup T emerges as the largest lineage, followed by U, X, J and H. Similar proportions of these haplogroups are noted in the populations of Egypt, Israel and other parts of the East Mediterranean.

Acknowledgments. DeWayne Adamson, Judith Alef, Joseph F. Bailey, Michelle Baugh, Karen Beck, Sharon Crisp Bedzyk, Brent S. Vaughn Blount, Edith Breshears, Tatiana Brooks, Linda Burckhalter, Terry Carmichael, Dawn Copeland, Bruce Linton Dean, Gail Lynn Dean, Edmund F. Durfee, Pamela G. Edwards, Tommy Doyle Fields, Beatrice L. Frost, Mary M. Garrabrant-Brower, Michael E. Gilbert, Cheryl Lynn Green, Chris Harmston, Barbara A. Henson, Kim M. Hill, Elizabeth C. Hirschman, Denise Holmes-Kennedy, John R. Ihlefeld, Stephen C. Jett, J. Jones, Ken Jordan, Miranda King, N. Brent Kennedy, Eleanor M. Leonard, David E. Lewis, Ripan S. Malhi, Kimberly Mebust, Karen Sue Mitchell, Debra Modrall, Michael W. Moore, Lars Mouritson, Maxine Nethercutt, Teresa A. Panther-Yates, Warren D. Pearson, Gerald Potterf, Patrick Pynes, Jimi Riddle, JonLyn L. Roberts, Nadine Rosebush, Marie A. Rundquist, Larry Rutledge, Betty Sue Price Satterfield, Joy Shorkey, Donell Sigler, Billy Sinor, Phyllis Starnes, D.J. Thornton, Elizabeth Pearl Thurman, Malee Thomas, Edward Viera, La Nita Jordan Wacker, Paul Minus Williams, Brian Wilkes, Dustin Blake Yates.

Results Pages.Members have posted their reports and genealogies in this secured area to share with others. Read about Donald Yates' and Teresa Panther-Yates' genetic genealogy results. UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Issue of Ancient American dedicated to Jewish, Egyptian and other Middle Eastern DNA types among the Cherokee. Published in March of 2010, the issue carries as its cover story "DNA and the Cherokee in North America." It contains the first publication of DNA data supporting the origin of an American Indian tribe in the Middle East rather than Mongolia/Siberia. An abbreviated version of the 2009 study of 52 participants in DNA Consultants' Phase I Cherokee DNA Study by Donald N. Yates, Ph.D., appears on pp. 28-32, "Mitochondrial DNA of the Cherokee." There is a "New Flash: DNA on the Brock Family" reporting that the Y chromosome DNA haplotype of the descendants of the Chief Motoy family in the Cherokees is "demonstrably from the ancient Middle East (and likely Jewish)," similar, in fact, to the Cohen Modal Haplotype of Old Testament priests.

Ancient American Magazine, Vol 14, no 86
   Special issue on DNA and the Cherokees includes mtDNA study by Donald Yates on "Anomalous Cherokees"  

 Gathering Back Cover


I am very interested in the heritage of Cherokee Indians. I have read they do have some lineage from the Middle East, but I have also read about the stones in the northeast with Celtic symbols that have been there way before typical history presents. I know that the red haired northern europeans had been in the area a long time ago. I was curious since the Cherokees migrated from the Great Lakes region to the southeast, is it possible that they intermingled with European people at the time, since the Cherokee did look different than the other tribes(strong jawline, tall) and mental qualities like honest, strong willed, love for nature. Is it possible that the Cherokee already had European blood before the Europeans first settled? I would greatly appreciate any feedback, thank you!
Donnie Miller
what dna test for my father's mother who was I believe full cherokee indian do I need to take. it seems that is a very specfic test. my second question is it possible to find out if my grandmother was on a cherokee indian reservation between 1880 and 1888
or other indian reservation since here death certicate from kentucky indicates she lived ''in a foreign country for the first eight years of her life. I have found her family name on the rolls of the cherokee tribe in oklahoma. thank you David Adkins Black
David Adkins Black
Donnie: Yes, to both. Cherokee in more recent history intermarried with French traders and Jewish merchants and other European peoples. I do not think you can compare mental qulities; however,these were not a nomadic people but a literate people: they
had newspapers, sent their daughters to college, and lived in cabins, so their lifestyle was more conducive to a European type lifestyle. Also, yes, there are links to Greek and Mid-East origins such as Egypt. I have Cherokee and my top match is Egyptian.
Regards, Teresa Panther- Yates DNA CONSULTANTS
Teresa Panther-Yates
I took a dna test thru a company called "dna tribes and found possible cherokee ancestry the problem is that its hard to understand with all the sientific words.(thru mitochondrial testing(15marker) The test cost me 150dlls and the results show a yellow
diamond marker above the state of texas.I wish not to purchase another test unless necesary.im trying to reverse an unlawful adoption thru the california icwa laws! i know its a shot in the dark but could someone help me prove my ancesyry.the bloodline goes
back to 1900 thru my great,great grandpa george sullivan.he's on the dawes rolls thats all i know and i need to match the results of my 15 marker test to that specific name,thats all and my children will come home!where do i go from here.-anthony veal

anthony veal
My father was tested and got a autosomal marker for Native American and for Asian. I also got a marker for Asian. My father once said that his father said we had a Lenape ancestor, but we do not know which ancestor. Both of his parents' ancestors were
mostly from the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/New York/Maryland/Delaware areas. Many since the mid 1600's. Is there a study for the Delaware tribes?
Jane Scott
Sadly, the Lenni Lenape Indians do not have any published DNA data. Geneticists steer clear of East Coast Indians because they believe them to be too admixed to study. The closest publication I'm aware of is Malhi's article on NE Indians from around 2000.

My grandfather's great grandfather as I'm told left Oklahoma in the mid 1800's and because he refused to surrender his name to the Dawes or Baker rolls was not allowed to remain on the NC Cherokee reservation nor was he or his sister listed as Cherokee,
but as mulatto. He ended up working as a plantation over seer in western NC without any tracable records he even existed, so for me tracing my Cherokee heritage is a matter of pride & respect for my family.
David Fleming
I match 11/12 with a tommie richbourg principal chief of central band cherokees.I was told there were cherokee in my family.Could be on both lines.
I have traced my apparently infrequent maternal HVR1: 16304c, 16316g (I have FGS results also) all the way backwards in time through Greece, Egypt (Hyksos, Jewish Berbers), Edom, across the Bosporus and northwestwards to the Altai Mountains of prehistoric
Siberian tribes by utilizing Alexander the Great's (an H5, I am H5a1) Mo's mother's maternal ancestors recorded historically. Interestingly, I have learned that there is a NA-Dene and Yenisiean language connection to the Tocharian, aka. Yuezhi aka Beiwei aka
Xianbei aka Di people of that prehistoric time period possibly interconnecting around the area know today as Beijing and in the Southern Siberian sections. I believe there is some connection archeologically with the "Ice Maiden" (an H) who was supposed to
be some sort of shaman or medicine woman that you might take a look at as well for any native american connection. Still searching and trying to connect some compelling dots--perhaps this will be the study that will assist.

Shana Williams
My uncle has 5% Middle Eastern DNA with the remainder Orcadian or Western European. His GGG grandmother was supposed to be Cherokee from the area near Currahee Mountain, Banks/Habersham County, Georgia on the edge of the Cherokee nation. His G grandfather
and my GG grandfather James Franklin Massey learned to speak Cherokee before going to Texas after the Civil War. Multiple lines from that group with no prior contact report the same Cherokee ancestry in James' grandmother. We cannot explain these results,
and I know of others in North Georgia, the former Cherokee territory, who also show Middle Eastern DNA.

Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D.
Im cherokee indian myself as i was reading it said also, yes there are links go greek and middle east origins such as egypt so is it true cherokee indians were egyptians
warren young
i was told by my aunt before she passed that my great great grandfather came from scotland and served in the british army in the north west teritories and his son my great grandfather was a scout in the nortwest teritories and actually was at sitting bulls
sitdown and his mother was cherokee i rememer i had a cherokee blanket when i was little from my grandmother and grandfather but they passed when i was around 6 years old
robert grier
I have America Indian DNA (results from NA fingerprint plus), I have persuaded my father to join in the Cherokee study by DNA Consulants (Started saving the money for the cost of the testing). I'm hoping to find matches to other Cherokees.
Bob Eads
Hello, My mother had always told us that her Grandmother was Cherokee. My children recently convinced me to have the DNA test. The results came back 10% Indigenous American. My question is: Before we spend a lot of time trying to research the birth,death,
marriage records to show direct connections, would you have any idea as to whether 10% is a significant number or not? Your input would be most appreciated. Thanks. Charles Stanley
Hello Im a decendant of the Powatans through the Moytoy,Kimborough and Little families they pass into the Browns,Gardner and Williams families all of eastern NC.(On my mothers side)I was astonished to see the Moytoy family mentioned here.I have tested
with ftdna and there is not any clear conclusive evidence of Native DNA.I have heard so many family stories relating to our Ancestry that we are Cherokee,Corie,Spanish,Basque ect....Any info on this family line?Is it worth it for me to test for Native Ancestry
specificly?I would just like to know What are we?Ive not seen anything anywhere that can explain but our history goes back to the NC coast around the late 1590's.Thanks for your time.
Hello. By introduction I am Richard W. Brown. I am currently in other projects: PiquaShawnee (Brown/Hoffer) (Chief Blue Jacket Algonquian East Ross DNA project I have several cousins that have their Cherokee cards. (Adams/Hoffer) & was wondering how I
might become part of this project? My grandparent's (William Oscar Brown & Clara Ann Hoffer Brown) homestead was on Hoffer Hill in Adams County/Ohio on the Scioto/Brush Creek River. I have had several tests done through myFTDNA including the autosomal test
to try to find a link to Chief Black Hawk (Sac/Sauk) on my mother's side (Kincaid). My mother claimed that her father Richard Vernon Kincaid's mother was a descendant to Chief Black Hawk. Thank you, Regards
Richard W. Brown
My great great grandmother I was told was martha youngblood full-blooded cherokee this was on my motherside she married my grandfather who was originally from england decent (ogle or Og from North Thumberland England decendent of Sir Robert Ogle. My name is tammy which I was always told was a hebrew originating from Tamar. My grandmother had the slanted eyes and my uncle. I however have fair skin my dad was Irish McDaniel sir name. I would like to prove my Indian ancestry and my jewish linage. My son and I are in the ministry and he studies the hebraic roots and teaches them. This would be a blessing to us to find that we a part this race of people.
Tammy McDaniel
I have a Cherokee g-grandmother which makes me not much Cherokee but interested non-the-less.

There is a significant problem here. The DNA testing is Mitochondrial DNA which comes from the mother. This is a modern fallacy. Jew means from the Israelite tribe of Judah. Modern Jews claim ancestry through the mother but ancient (bible) Israelites claim ancestry through the father. Mitochondrial DNA is Maternal only.

The second problem is in comparing with Ashkenazi Jews which are not genetic Israelites. Ashkenazi’s are a much older line through Noah’s oldest son Japheth. The Ashkenazi nation converted to Judaism in the seventh or eighth century AD. Checking DNA against Ashkenazi does not indicate anything about whether Cherokees are Israelite.

The test needs to be against Y-Chromosome of other Jews, such as Sephardic Jews.

David F
I have been doing extensive studies of the Southern Highland's Native American history for about 10 years. Written several books on it. You saw me on the premier of America Unearthed on the History Channel. The People of One Fire research alliance is currently working on a project with Access Genealogy that has produced historical facts that explain the DNA results you are getting for the Cherokees. I am Creek myself. To what email address can I send you these facts? I am also the national Native American history columnist for the Examiner.
Seems like a bunch of hit and miss information about DNA testing to prove Cherokee lineage and many different types of tests. Does any of these tests actually hold water when proving Cherokee heritage and bloodline? I'm not investing time or money in something until I understand the benefits and the accuracy more clearly.
Sam Solesbee
Really trying hard to find my Cherokee heritage but I'm confused with broken links. My aunt has been researching too. She says our ancestors are on the Dawes as John Wesley Williams and Au-Na-Ne. The problem is, we're told our ancestry link is John Wesley Williams's son with the same name. On the Dawes, the children of John and Au-Na-Ne list 1 female and 3 males, but none are named John Wesley Williams (Jr).
I've got to find the missing link. Either John Wesley (the son) was older and had moved out on his own, he hadn't been born yet, someone changed their name, legend has the descendents name wrong, or it's not even the right John Wesley Williams. To top it off, I found a story online involving a John Williams who had involvement with the Cherokee tribe, but stole from them and committed other crimes. I hope that's not my ancestor. However, my family is said to have come from Oklahoma, not Texas. They're supposedly listed with the Kadohadocha(sp?) Cherokee tribe. I'm so lost. I feel there has to be some fascinating heritage and stories and I want to learn them!
Darla Laughlin
Formerly Pollard
Formerly Diffey (maiden)
From Diana and Tom Diffey
Billie June Williams
John Wesley Williams & Mary Mae Stout
?***John Wesley Williams (broken link)***?
John Wesley Williams m. Au-Na-Ne
I have done several DNA studies on both myself and immediate family members that gave me some very interesting results. My family has been in the SE United States since well before the Revolution and I have a few documented Cherokee lines. One autosomal test gave me a percentage of 22% Native American DNA. I also had several Jewish markers and Asian markers in an autosomal test. Another test matched me with almost exclusively middle eastern populations. My grandfather's mitochondrial haplogroup is K (mine is T) and all his matches are with Jewish populations throughout Europe and America. His last known maternal ancestor was a Smith from Caswell County, NC. That line seemed to marry their cousins a lot, so not sure what to make of that. I really want to know where to go with all of this. All my surnames are Scottish/Irish/English with a few German. I am particularly interested in finding out more about my Jewish roots as well as the Cherokee connection, but my family was always Christian as far as I can tell. I am open to suggestions.
Jana Younger
Hi Guys,just got my test back,Wow so all the family storys are true,Cherokee and H line and unknow marker,so theres more to come.this is all new to me.I.m also missing 16187C.Thanx for all your good work,I knew my family went way back in time,back now i can see myself sitting around a fire and looking at the wheel,thinking what am i,m going to do with it.James Eric Walker
James E. Walker
Dear Mr. Yates, First of all, I would like to thank you for all your research regarding the Cherokee. I am from Sand Mountain, AL and have similar genealogy to yours. I have purchased your book, "Old World Roots of the Cherokee" and I am doing my best to understand it. According to my DNA results, I am both Sephardic Jewish and Cherokee, and to be honest I self-identify with both very strongly. After having my DNA analyzed, it would turn out that my Great Grand mother, who we always knew was Cherokee, actually was Jewish also. Her last name was Jaco, a Sephardic Jewish name from Spain My Native American and Sephardic Jewish are both from my Father's side. As my DNA results tend to show that my DNA matches the cheutas from Mallorca. I was able to trace the Jaco family back to the 1600s in England, but haven't been able thus far to go back farther. I can only assume they left the Spain/Portugal area around the time of the Spanish Inquisition. My Jaco ancestors married the within Godwin family, who were decendants of the last Anglo-Saxon king, Harold Godwinson. The search to prove my Cherokee heritage has been very difficult. My father has a provisional membership in the Cherokee Tribe of North Alabama, however the records they had were destroyed in a fire. Thank you for taking the time to let me share with you. I would love to hear anything you have to say on the topic to help me connect the dots in my family history. Kind Regards, Jamie Brooks, Alabama Donald Yates wrote: Hi, Yup, you have all the signs of a "Jewish Indian" like myself. You have both Jewish and Native American markers. Your North Asian (Siberian) megapopulation top match reflects your Native American. I have the same. Do you have Cherokee in your direct female line (mother's mother's mother…)? If so, you should order the Native American DNA test and join the Cherokee Studies project Phase II. This month you have a 20% discount with the code NAM (standing for Native American Month). You can order online or by telephone. Best regards, Donald N. Yates, Ph.D. On Nov 19, 2013" I apologize if I am a bother, Jamie Brooks
Jamie Brooks
Hi, I am woman of Cherokee and African American Ancestry. I had a DNA test done and my maternal line was Haplogroup N, which is a Middle Eastern group. It left me with more questions than answers, but now that I am finding out about this Middle Eastern and Cherokee connection, it is starting to make sense.
Hello. I am interested in the study but I have some concerns regarding previous studies. At this time my maternal DNA is Haplogroup J. We know we are Cherokee (mother) and possibly Iroquois (father but don't know him). The DNA is showing 24% African, small percent Middle East, and 74% European. My father was a mix, Iroquois/African and other. Maternal Great grandfather adopted from tribe I he taught me about herbs) and other members of maternal family mixed heritage with Cherokee too (from West Virginia). So,if these tests are not honoring Haplogroup J when we know there is Native American ancestry, is this test for me?
After my cousins did genealogy research, I found out that I am a direct descendant of Chief Red Bird through my father. For as long as I can remember, I have been told that I have Cherokee heritage from my mother's side of the family. I would like to be member of Abraham/Moses Project and am wondering what dna test I should order. Can anyone help.

The Phoenicians the original ones were the canaanite dravidiandravidians the original sumerians and Phoenicians they are known as the Mediterranean people. The elamites were a mix of dravidian mixed with another canaanite people like pure aboriginal people and mixed with another hamitic like some Ethiopians which kind of have dark indian features with light curly hair not afro Texture also people of phut were in north africa same area as dravidians
The alleles in the chromosomes of American Indians are different from other people groups. So, although you may have intermixtures with Jews, Egyptians, and others, the actual Indian indigenous to America is a race apart and did not arrive here from somewhere else.
Andrea Bradford
My mother always said we were Cherokee and the rest of the civilized tribes. She was born in Oklahoma. I did the DNA test and found I have no Native American genes what so ever! Half my DNA was Great Britain and rest Western Europe. Can this be correct?
Jim Perkins
It's bad enough that the government of America were quite disrespectful to the residents of America, forcing them to move East of the Mississippi, where thousands lost their lives,(and by the way their DNA). I think it's important to regather the lost tribes, those who choose to stay and inner marry and those who went as prisoners and many staved to death too, in winter. Didn't Black Elk mention an uprising of descendants in the future?
I took the ancestry.com test which showed no native AmerI can only middle eastern. My great great grandmother was a documented full Cherokee. How do I dig farther into this?
Jackie venable
Looking forward to study.& learning. Both great grandmothers on moms& dad's side are full cherokee.. Was told grandfather on dad's side grew up red river.. Dad's name billy wayne walker from Texas his moms name tommy Esther .. My name Becky (walker) Adams.. My sister and I often are told just how Indian our facial features are.. I never thought much of it.. But too many now and my kids are asking.. Sure wish dad was still alive.. To help..

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