Category Archives: DNA

How Much Indian Do I Have In Me???

I can’t believe how often I receive this question. Here’s today’s version from Patrick. “My mother had 1/8 Indian and my grandmother on my father’s side was 3/4, and my grandfather on my father’s side had 2/3. How much would … Continue reading

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Are You Native? – Native American Haplogroup Origins and Ancestral Origins

At Family Tree DNA, having Haplogroup Origins and Ancestral Origins indicating Native American ancestry does not necessarily mean you are Native American or have Native American heritage. This is a very pervasive myth that needs to be dispelled – although it’s … Continue reading

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Finding Your American Indian Tribe Using DNA

If I had a dollar for every time I get asked a flavor of this question, I’d be on a cruise someplace warm instead of writing this in the still-blustery cold winter weather of the northlands! So, I’m going to write … Continue reading

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New Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup, A4, Discovered

The genetic community continues to learn more about the genesis of our Native ancestors.  A couple of years ago, I suspected that a maternal DNA haplogroup, or clan, that had previously been designated as Asian was found both in European … Continue reading

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Naia – Oldest Native American Facial Reconstruction

Naia, named affectionately for the ancient water nymphs of Greek mythology is actually the face of the oldest Native American.  At least, the oldest one whose skull is complete and whose face we can reconstruct.  Naia was a teenager when … Continue reading

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Haplogroup C3* – Previously Believed East Asian Haplogroup is Proven Native American

In a paper just released, “Insights into the origin of rare haplogroup C3* Y chromosomes in South America from high-density autosomal SNP genotyping,” by Mezzavilla et al,  research shows that haplogroup C3* (M217, P44, Z1453), previously believed to be exclusively East Asian, … Continue reading

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Updated Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups

I’ve updated the list of Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups and their sources. This most recent update comes from both GenBank the Anzick extrapolations, with links provided when possible. If you know of other credibly sourced Native haplogroup information, please let … Continue reading

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Kostenki14 – A New Ancient Siberian DNA Sample

This week, published in Science, we find another ancient DNA full genome sequence from Siberia in an article titled “Genomic structure in Europeans dating back at least 36,200 years” by Seguin-Orlando et al.. This sample, partially shown above, is quite old and … Continue reading

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Matching DNA of Living Native Descendants to DNA of Native Ancestors

As most of my subscribers know, I also author the http://www.dna-explained.com blog.  Recently, the ability for currently living people who have taken an autosomal DNA test from either Family Tree DNA (who I recommend), 23andMe or Ancestry can download their … Continue reading

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Big Y DNA Results Divide and Unite Haplogroup Q Native Americans

One of my long standing goals has been to resurrect the lost heritage of the Native American people.  By this I mean, primarily, for genealogists who search for and can’t find  their Native ancestors.  This blog, as well as my work … Continue reading

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