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American Indian U.S South West

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About us

The American Indian U.S. South West DNA project is for people that descend from Native Americans originally from New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Texas area.  This project is open to people who have proven Native Ancestry by genetics or by traditional genealogy.  You will be asked for your genealogy and American Indian connection prior to joining.

Please update your FTDNA account with:

1.) Under your Account Settings go to Genealogy>Most Distant Ancestors

2.) Under Direct Paternal line set this to United States (Native American) ONLY if your Y-DNA haplogroup is Native American or you can prove your direct paternal line is Native American.  If it is Unknown, Select Unknown.

3.) Under Ancestral Locations for Direct Paternal click Add Location, add the last confirmed city, state of your paternal ancestor.

4.) Under Direct Maternal line set this to United States (Native American) ONLY if your mtDNA haplogroup is Native American or you can prove your direct maternal line is Native American.  If it is Unknown, Select Unknown.

5.)  Under Ancestral Locations for Direct Maternal click Add Location, add the last confirmed city, state of your maternal ancestor.


There are three DNA sequencing test available to determine American Indian ancestry.


1.) Y-DNA test can only be used by males to test their paternal line. If you believe your American Indian ancestry was on your father's father's side and so on, then this test would be for you.

2.) mt-DNA test can be used by both men and women to test their maternal line.  If you believe the American Indian ancestry is on your mother's mother's side then you would choose the mt-DNA test.

3.) Autosomal DNA/ Family Finder test can be used by both men and women to check their percentage of American Indian ancestry. This test will not tell you what line your Native American ancestry is on.

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Project Administrator Biography~

University of Massachusetts, Amherst graduate Jennifer Bullard MPH, MLS (ASCP)CM combines her medical and scientific researching background, her love of genealogy, and her experience as a clinical analyst and medical laboratory scientist to perform as the American Indian U.S. South West DNA project administrator.


Known Native American mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups:
Haplogroups A, B, C, D and X are Native American haplogroups, but not all subgroups in each main haplogroup are American Indian.

Known Native American Y-DNA Haplogroups: