Participants Wanted for Eastern Canadian Metis DNA Project

The initiative’s official name is “Canada Eastern Metis Reference Population STR Profile DNA Project.” It follows the same method and procedures used in J. Ng et al, “Native American Population Data Based on the Globalfiler Autosomal STR Loci,” Forensic Science International: Genetics 24 (Sept. 2016). Such projects aim to preserve a single era in the biological history of tribes and contribute to better cultural and social awareness. (more)

Forensic Reference Population Begun for Euchee (Uchi) Indians

Forensic Reference Population Begun for Euchee (Uchi) Descendants

Volunteers are sought for the Euchee Reference Population STR Profile DNA Project, whose purpose is to sample the genetic diversity of persons who may be of Euchee descent and establish a historical benchmark for their cultural survival. The independent study has appointed an an independent genetic genealogy expert as administrator who will screen candidates over the next few months. The initiative follows similar projects for Cherokee, Shawnee, Abenaki and Virginia tribes.

Scientific Reference Sample Started for 11 Virginia Tribes

You are invited to participate voluntarily without compensation in the Virginia Recognized Tribes Reference Population STR Profile DNA Project (henceforth named as the Virginia Tribes DNA Project). The purpose of the Virginia Tribes DNA Project is to sample and investigate the genetic heritage of persons who may be of official Virginia Tribes descent and establish the STR frequency distribution for a forensic comparison with other reference populations. (more)

Shawnee Reference Populations Introduced

The Shawnee DNA Project announced last September has been concluded and customers can see if they have a match to one or both of the resulting forensic populations, U.S. Shawnee Enrolled (n=24) and U.S. Shawnee Admixed (n=53). The Shawnee turn out to be very distinctive. (more)

DNA Consultants’ Forensic DNA Tests Earn High Marks

DNA Consultants got one of the highest-scoring reviews from the new genomic sequencing company Nebula. In a lengthy write-up by the independent reviewer Fiyin Ebemidayo, B.S., the company was rated an overal 4.7 out of 5 stars for its combination of forensics and history-based input. "The company's prices are competitive and their support staff is available to consult on a personal level," said the reviewer. "Using alleles to make matches, customers receive in-depth reports on their connection to certain ethnicities but they do not receive ethnicity percentages or personal matches." (more)

Donald Yates Interviewed on Israeli TV Show about Cherokee and Jewish Connections

On April 10, company founder and author Donald Yates was interviewed on i24 NEWS in Tel Aviv about the overlap of Jewish and Cherokee ancestry. The company offers both a Native American and a Jewish DNA test that matches you with relevant populations. The interview was conducted by Emily Frances, the Emmy winning host of "Holy Land Uncovered." The program, titled "Genealogist Donald Yates Uncovers Secrets of Cherokee DNA," aired in 20 million homes in the U.S. Europe, Africa, Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. (more)

In the News October 2021

Thomas W. Stafford, Jr. is head of Stafford Research Laboratories, Inc. and Associate Research Professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He lives in Lafayette, Colo. Among his current projects are the Paisley Caves in Oregon (which contain evidence of the oldest humans in North America) (more)

It Started with a Mistake

DNA Consultants was launched in December 2003. It did not start out very auspiciously, for it began with a colossal blunder.   (more)

More Cherokees Say Geneticists Are Wrong

Much of what has been passed down is completely verifiable. For instance, all Cherokees once learned to recite the national origin narrative. Its first words are “When we lived beyond the Great Waters,” a reference to the tribe’s migration across the ocean. The legend goes on to relate a story similar to the Tower of Babel. It ends, like the Algonquian Indians’ Walum Olam, with the arrival of white men in ships.
This second and concluding volume summarizes a project that began fifteen years ago. It represents No. 4 in DNA Consultants’ Series on Consumer Genetics and covers 62 “anomalous” DNA test takers who constituted Phase III, the final stage of a multiyear project.