Cherokee Studies

Cherokee DNA Project

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DNA Consultants is the only ancestry testing company with autosomal data on the Cherokee. Our two potential population matches, both of which are part of the beginner Cherokee DNA Test and full product called DNA Fingerprint Plus are: U.S. Cherokee Admixed (n=62) and U.S. Cherokee Admixed (n=92). The first was added in 2012 and the second in 2017. Here you will find links to other Cherokee DNA information together with in-house studies and publications. We have been studying Cherokee DNA for over 15 years and believe that we have both a unique collection and novel approach.


Cherokee | Native American | American Indian The Cherokee are the largest and best-known American Indian group in the United States. There are three federally recognized tribes, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB), in addition to numerous state tribes and local communities. Organized  … Read more

Jakay Jarvis, project administrator. To send me an email use our comment form or write to jakay(at)

Update (July 28, 2016). As of this month, there are over 30 participants in Phase III (mitochondrial section). Enrollment will be kept open through the end of this calendar year. Our goal is is to include at least 50 mitochondrial profiles.

Phase III mitochondrial testing to validate your Cherokee heritage is still open. 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.

Phase II mitochondrial 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. Phase I and II findings figured largely in the November 2014 monograph Cherokee DNA Studies: Real People Who Proved the Geneticists Wrong (DNA Consultants Series on Consumer Genetics, 1).

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.

Phase II, Autosomal Cherokee DNA. NEW! If your Cherokee ancestry does not lie in your direct female (mitochondrial line) it may be hidden elsewhere in your family tree. In December 2014, DNA Consultants inaugurated the first published forensic sample of Cherokee DNA on an autosomal basis, introducing the Cherokee DNA Test. A followup study to expand the original sample of 62 was announced in July 2016. If you would like to volunteer for this project (Phase II, autosomal) you may email the project administrator, Jakay Jarvis (jakay[at]

Autosomal Cherokee DNA Project Participation Form

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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)tistoe, or Tathtowe, one of the seven Cherokees who visited the British king George II with Sir Alexander Cumming in 1730

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 DNA in the Cherokee: The DNA Chapter from the Secret History (blog post)