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Cherokee Indian Determination

Cherokee Indian Determination

Posted: 1534431790000
Classification: Query
Hello,

I have been told my entire life my great grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Native American Indian. However, I got my DNA results back and see my majority mixture is German and Midwestern United States. For those of you who have connected your heritage with the Cherokee heritage, how did you determine this? Did it display in your results?

Thank you so much for any input!

Ashley

Re: Cherokee Indian Determination

Posted: 1534439697000
Classification: Query
Ashley

There is no DNA test that can identify individual Tribes/Nations.

The only way to determine American Indian ancestry is by following the Paper Trail.
(The Cherokee People have excellent records)

Who was your great grandmother ?
Where and when was she born ?
Where did she reside ?


KR

Re: Cherokee Indian Determination

Posted: 1536954710000
Classification: Query
Hi Ashley. I have the same situation, my great-great-grandfather WAS fill blood Cherokee, and my DNA (through Ancestry) comes back as mostly British, then Scottish/Irish, then Norwegian. While I have no problem with that heritage, it is not accurate. I have been doing a lot of digging, and it appears that Ancestry simply lacks data on Native American genetics, and so they have nothing to match us to, so that part of our heritage is missing, or unknown to Ancestry. If you Google Cherokee DNA studies, you will find information that sheds light on this missing element in many DNA test companies. There are some that seem to have sampled Native populations and DO have adequate data to confirm Native ancestry. Just not Ancestry.com's database.

Re: Cherokee Indian Determination

Posted: 1551674403000
Classification: Query
I am officially 5/32 Cherokee. I have my Great Uncles DNA and officially he is 5/8 Cherokee.

As for the accuracy of ancestry I think it is accurate. As I mentioned earlier I am 5/32 Cherokee blood which is 15.62%. Ancestry shows me at 13%, with a range of 10%-17%. This matches my calculated 5/32.

My Great Uncle is 5/8 Cherokee or 62.5%. Ancestry shows 57%, with a range of 56%-65%. This matches his 5/8.

I'd say ancestry DNA is accurate.

Re: Cherokee Indian Determination

Posted: 1552948182000
Classification: Query
Your family stories are likely not true. It's an odd phenomenon, but a common one. Loads and loads of white people pass down stories that they have a Native descendant, usually Cherokee. It's usually not true. Who is your Great Grandmother? Where was she born and where did she die? If your Great Grandmother was full blood Native, it would show up in your DNA test. The only other possibility is someone in that line is illegitimate or adopted.
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