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Clemestine may be the 1st African American woman with a DNA marker matching King Tut’s.

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This came into the network on January 11, 2012 from Indiana. An update added March 3, 2012 is included below.

TITLE: Indiana Family Unlocks Secrets to Their Past with Interesting Implications for African-American Families

DNA test ties Clemestine Marshall Carter to Egyptian royal family
One Indiana family has discovered secrets to their family heritage that may have some interesting implications for the African Diaspora.

Clemestine Marshall Carter’s family was in for the shock of their lives when they submitted their DNA for genetic testing, discovering that they had six DNA markers matching those of two well-known Egyptian Pharaohs.

The Marshall family had previously assumed that they, like many African-American families, were of West African heritage; however, some doubts arose and the Carter family tracked down expert help them in their quest to understand their family’s history. Daniel Kolos, an Egyptologist in Toronto, guided them to the Journal of the American Medical Association to unlock the links to their past, which, after months of waiting, they received the results for in early 2011, revealing the six DNA markers that they shared with the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Although many decades have passed since Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb, there has not yet been a living African-American link to the Egyptian royal family. Although the Marshall family is the first to discover a link, they do not believe that they are the last.

Carter believes that when her story comes to light, many other families of eastern, western, and southern African heritage will discover that they, too, have roots in Egypt, raising some interesting questions about the history of the African continent. Africa has always held the key for paleontologists and geneticists to the rest of the world’s history, where it is now commonly accepted that human life began, making the findings of the Marshall family even more intriguing.

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UPDATE: March 3, 2012: “Confirmation of the DNA test results cited in the article above from a third party source is not possible at this time. This blog has been unable to obtain a copy of the report and we have not seen an independent assessment by seasoned experts in the DNA testing field who were not involved in the original testing. Therefore readers, you must form your own conclusions about this article’s subject matter.”

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Written by aboutblackboston

January 15, 2012 at 3:33 am

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    April 5, 2014 at 12:46 am

    • Hi Temi, Ms. Carter is hopeful that sharing her DNA findings will interests people.

      She has reached out to media sources. We have also advised her to connect with genealogy and DNA research societies and groups where she can meet and mingle at conferences, meetings and even present as guest speaker.

      She’s trying to get the word out and has had a few positive contacts.

      Any help she can get is appreciated and she will followup direct.

      Thanks for your interest.



      April 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

  2. Wow. This amazing. I did a DNA test that indicates my deep anestral roots stem from Egypt. More research to be done, though. I am so exce\ited for the Carter Family.


    June 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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