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The Goddess in America


Is there a significant cult of the female among the Cherokee? The 18th-century Indian trader Adair said they had “petticoat government.”

Grave Errors in Archeology


When archeologists recover a prehistoric burial they speak of “grave goods” accompanying it—stone axes, gold objects or pottery.

Armenians in America


Something was wrong in Phase III of the Cherokee DNA Project. Call it the Cher syndrome. A majority of the Cherokee-descended test subjects were receiving high Armenian matches—yes Armenian, not American. Conversely, a few customers who had no way to have any Native American or New World ancestry would get Cherokee as their top match.

Armenian matches in Cherokees


Aside from Jan Franz, another Cherokee descendant puzzled by Armenian results was Marcia Dietrich, a customer whose no. 1 world match on an autosomal basis was enrolled members of the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.

Cher the “Half Breed”


When Cher recorded the hit “Half Breed” and it began climbing the charts in 1973, she jumped on the Native American ancestry bandwagon. The superstar claimed she was one-sixteenth Cherokee on her mother’s side.

Dirty Little Secrets of DNA Testing


Commemorative stamp from 2013. We are republishing this interview from the early days of DNA Consultants since the topics it touches on have again become timely with the advent of a new form of “next-generation” DNA testing—ancient DNA.

Cherokee Unlike Other Indians


Dorene Soiret’s mother, Alice Gound, about 1960. Soiret is a participant in DNA Consultants’ Phase III Cherokee Studies. Photo used by permission of Alice Gound and Dorene Soiret.

Jewish IV Marker and the Thirteenth Tribe


Since the release of Ukrainian forensic data last year, our company has been able to fill a long-standing gap in our countries of Europe and add to our world database an important Jewish homeland. The allele frequencies for Ukraine, where the majority of the population have some Jewish ancestry, confirm our definition of Jewish IV, the Khazar gene. It has the highest frequency in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Oddy, the Shawnee also have a high frequency of Jewish IV.