Native American

I receive lots of questions every day about testing for Native American DNA, ethnicity, heritage and people who want to find their tribe. I’ve answered many questions in articles, and I’ve assembled those articles into this handy-dandy one-stop reference about … Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren’s Native American DNA Results: What They Mean

Elizabeth Warren has released DNA testing results after being publicly challenged and derided as “Pochahontas” as a result of her claims of a family story indicating that her ancestors were Native America. If you’d like to read the specifics of … Continue reading

Cherokee Ancestry – The Most Persistent Native American Family Legend

“An aged and dignified chief. … This man … as well as a very great proportion of the Cherokee population, has a mixture of red and white blood in his veins, of which, in this instance, the first seems decidedly … Continue reading

Native American DNA Resources

I receive lots of questions every day about testing for Native American DNA, ethnicity, heritage and people who want to find their tribe. I’ve answered many questions in articles, and I’ve assembled those articles into this handy-dandy one-stop reference about … Continue reading

Upcoming Speaking Events – In Person and Online – Ireland, Native Americans and More

Generally, I don’t travel to speak much, but clearly, I’ve lost my mind this fall and scheduled three back to back events. What was I thinking? I hope you can join me, in person, or online. There are three fantastic … Continue reading

Native American Y Haplogroup C-P39 Sprouts Branches!

I am extremely pleased to provide an update on the Haplogroup C-P39 Native American Y DNA project. Marie Rundquist and I as co-administrators have exciting discoveries to share. As it so happens, this announcement comes almost exactly on the 4th … Continue reading

New Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups

At the November 2016 Family Tree DNA International Conference on Genetic Genealogy, I was invited to give a presentation about my Native American research findings utilizing the Genographic Project data base in addition to other resources. I was very pleased to be … Continue reading

Native American and First Nations DNA Testing – Buyer Beware

This week, a woman in North Carolina revealed that she descends from the extinct Beothuk tribe in Canada as a result of a DNA test from a Canadian DNA testing company. This has caused quite an uproar, in both genetic … Continue reading

Haplogroup X2b4 is European, Not Native American

For many years, there has been a quandary in the genealogy community relative to the genesis of mitochondrial haplogroup X2b4. The source of this question was the mitochondrial DNA test results of several of Radegonde Lambert’s descendants. Radegonde Lambert, an Acadian woman, … Continue reading

Native American Haplogroup B2c Discovered in the Eastern US and Canada

Haplogroup B2 and subgroups are found among Native Americans and First Nations people in North, Central and South America. However, occurrances of B2c, without a subgroup, are quite rare. In fact, outside of academic publications, I have only been able … Continue reading