Genetic Genealogy: Understanding Your DNA and How to Use It in Genealogy
On Saturday, July 24, the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hosted a virtual workshop on genetic genealogy. The program was presented by Shannon Christmas, an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, an Ancestry.com Ace, the administrator of the Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project, and a co-administrator of the Hemings-Jefferson-Wayles-Eppes Autosomal DNA Project. Christmas has a special interest in using autosomal DNA to verify and extend pedigrees, assess the veracity of oral history, and reconstruct ancestral genomes.
In the three-hour workshop, Christmas explained the value of the different DNA tests on the market and the importance of taking tests from different companies to get a complete picture of the test taker’s ancestry. He talked about the particular importance of DNA testing to African American genealogy and explained how DNA can fill in the gaps left by paper records in the pre-Civil War period.
To watch the full video of the workshop, click below.
More genealogy resources from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies/Roberts Library can be found here: https://robertslibrary.org/genealogy-resources/.