I took this test and got a positive result and certificate. Does that mean I can claim to be Cherokee, or even a Cherokee descendant? NO! To quote the result: “U.S. Cherokee Admixed appears in your top world matches at rank #12. A related population, Native American-Michigan, is #2. It is thus HIGHLY LIKELY (emphasis mine) you have significant amounts of Cherokee ancestry.” Given the reality of intermarriage between nations, the match to a database of genealogically-defined Cherokee descendants and enrolled members means my ancestry could really go back to one of a dozen tribal nations. My genealogy documents descent from Croatoan/Cheraw/Lumbee individuals. This result validates my genealogy. I may find documented links to enrolled Cherokees in the future, or not. But the results have already helped me connect with individuals with the same surnames in two of the nations.