Steven Nelson Jonnes

Hi!   I provide traditional genealogy consulting and research services.  I especially like tutoring hobbyists with their basic genealogy research and DNA testing.  I also build family trees, prepare lineage charts, find records, break through brick walls, and take photos of grave sites & old residences, among other services.  Because I live in the Washington, D.C. area, I am able to conduct research at all the great repositories here locally the National Archives, Library of Congress, and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, etc.

I am a published author in the field of genealogy and give presentations and speeches.  I also administer a family DNA project. I offer great rates. My customer focus, dedication to quality, and attention to detail will get you the professional results you want.  Get started with a free consultation or check out my services

Born in Ethiopia of two idealistic American school teachers, I have lived in Minnesota, upstate New York, Colorado, Taiwan, Montana, Seattle, Houston, and northern Virginia.  I spent most of my career as a research analyst in the federal government and, as a result, have developed strong research and analysis skills which translate well to genealogy.  I coached Little League for 19 years, speak middling Mandarin Chinese, and love golf.

Both of my parents were passionately interested in genealogy – and both drafted family histories.  I inherited that interest, obviously, and have been actively expanding our family tree since 2010, which now has over 600 direct ancestors.  My colonial roots are extensive, particularly in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. My immigrant ancestors come primarily from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Germany, and Alsace-Lorraine.  In total, I have been actively involved in genealogical research for over 9 years, and less actively for decades. My ancestry was something that interested me even as a child. In addition to working on my own genealogy, I very much enjoy helping others find their roots.

I abide by the code of ethics established by the Association of Professional Genealogists and the genealogy research standards set by the National Genealogical Society.

My Résumé


American Genealogical Studies

SLIG Researching Nordic Ancestors

SLIG New England to the Midwest 1780-1840

B.A. English Literature

University of Montana

M.A. East Asian Studies with Thesis

George Washington University


Association of Professional Genealogists

National Genealogical Society

Minnesota Genealogical Society

Fairfax Genealogical Society

Local historical societies in Minnesota, Michigan, and New York

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