Shannon Christmas, a nationally recognized expert in the field of genetic genealogy, specializes in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, administrator of The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project, and as a co-administrator of The Hemings-Jefferson-Wayles-Eppes Autosomal DNA Project. Shannon uses autosomal DNA to verify and extend pedigrees, assess the veracity of oral history, and reconstruct ancestral genomes. Shannon serves on the faculty of The Midwest African American Genealogical Institute. Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An interactive question and answer period will follow the presentation.will discuss the types of DNA tests that are available to family historians, how these test may be used for genealogical purposes, and new trends in the field. His presentation will be of interest to those new to DNA testing as well as to experienced DNA testers. An interactive question and answer period will follow the presentation.
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