February 2024 General Membership Meeting

The Beginning: Finding Family with DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
with Shannon Christmas

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
Social Hour @ 6:00 PM | Speaker Presentation @ 6:30 PM

February 2024 AAGG General Membership Meeting | Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | The Beginning: Finding Family with DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy with Shannon Christmas

Speaker Presentation


This month Shannon Christmas will teach you how to find your family with DNA testing and genetic genealogy for people who are ready to take their genealogy research to the next level.

About Our Speaker

Shannon Christmas

Shannon Christmas

Shannon Christmas, a genetic genealogy influencer, educator, practitioner, and thought leader featured on BBC, NPR, Radio Sweden, and The Atlantic, finds family as a Research Manager for Ancestry’s research arm, AncestryProGenealogists. A professional genealogist and biological family reunification specialist with over a decade of experience and deep roots in Virginia and The Carolinas, Shannon employs expertise in genetic genealogy, adoption/unknown parentage research, kinship determination, colonial American and African American genealogy to identify genetic ancestors (including unknown parents), solve genealogical mysteries, and facilitate the development of lineage society DNA evidence policies. Shannon’s technology consulting background informs his work advising direct-to-consumer DNA testing and genealogy technology firms on product development.

A former 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador and Ace, Shannon Christmas manages The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project and serves as a co-administrator of The Hemings-Jefferson-Wayles-Eppes Autosomal DNA Project and The Macon DNA Project. A genetic genealogy instructor on the faculty of The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, Shannon has a special interest in harnessing the power of autosomal DNA to verify and extend pedigrees, investigate oral history, and reconstruct ancestral genomes.

Routinely invited to lecture at international genealogy conferences, Shannon Christmas was one of a select few genetic genealogists invited to participate in the American Society of Human Genetics’ Roundtable on Genetic Ancestry Inference. Shannon was tapped to investigate the genetic lineage of Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia and presented his findings at The 2015 Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society’s National Conference in Richmond, Virginia. In the past, Shannon Christmas has received invitations to lecture on genetic genealogy at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, James Madison’s Montpelier, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, The White House, and The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

A certified product manager, Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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