Proving Native American ancestry using DNA testing?



I saw on The Generation Project where a man took a DNA test that showed he was some percentage Native American or was the chance that he as Native American.

Can a DNA test prove that I have Native American ancestry?

Blake Christensen

Posted 2012-10-10T01:19:09.013

Reputation: 301

This looks like the program being referenced.

– Fortiter – 2012-10-15T03:16:55.557

What about the Cherokee R- M269? Please explain – Shelly potter – 2017-02-26T00:51:39.447

Does anyone remember the show? If someone does, hope they will suggest a descriptive reference. – GeneJ – 2012-10-10T01:31:32.933



There are several tests that can show if you have Native American ancestry. I just posted a summary of the 3 core types of genealogical DNA tests in answer to another question, so please read here for general information on DNA testing:

How can DNA testing aid me in my genealogy research?

Specifically, for Native American ancestry:

  • Y-DNA: If you have Native American ancestry on your direct paternal line (your father's father's father etc), then you will have a Y-DNA haplogroup that has been found to be specific to Native Americans -- C3b, Q1a3a1, Q1a3a4

  • mtDNA: If you have Native American ancestry on your direct maternal line (your mother's mother's mother etc), then you will have an mtDNA haplogroup that has been found to be specific to Native Americans -- certain subgroups of A, B, C, D and X.

  • Autosomal: Provides biogeographical percentages of your overall ancestry, not limited to direct maternal or direct paternal line. However, this test is limited in how many generations back it can detect a Native American ancestor. Typically, if you had a full-blooded Native American great-great-grandparent or closer ancestor, you should have inherited enough of the NA ancestor's autosomal DNA for it to be detected by this test. However, if the full-blooded NA ancestor was further back than great-great-grandparent, then you may or may not have inherited enough DNA from that ancestor to be detected by this test.


Posted 2012-10-10T01:19:09.013

Reputation: 3 018

I don't think Ancestry does mtDNA or Y DNA though so you would have to find a different testing site if that's what the OP wants – Charlie – 2017-10-28T12:09:09.063