Shannon Combs-Bennett

Shannon Combs-Bennett earned her BS in Biology from Indiana University with the aspiration of becoming a genetic counselor.   Her career was put on hold and Shannon eventually turned her research skills to learning about her family.  She began her genealogy business in 2012 and enjoys researching, writing, and lecturing on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Virginia, social media, DNA, and lineage societies.

You may have recognized her name from her genealogy start as Family Tree University’s Family Tree Firsts blogger.  Since then Shannon became a columnist for The In-Depth Genealogist, continued as an FTU contributor, and is now a published author.  Her personal blog, Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian, is where Shannon talks about her discoveries in pursing her personal family history as well as anything else that she find interesting.

Continuing to advance her genealogy education, Shannon completed the Boston University Certificate program in the fall of 2013.  Currently she is enrolled in ProGen and will finish in April of 2016.  Shannon is also a student at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies earning her PLCGS in American Records with a tentative finish date of December 2016.
Saturday, 2 April 2016
DNA Research – Shannon Combs-Bennett
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S31) Introduction to Genetic Genealogy.  Genetic genealogy is a rapidly evolving tool for genealogists. The key is developing a basic lexicon and understanding of key genetic terms and ideas. Learn the basics of the tests available to you and what you can, and cannot, discover in your DNA through this lecture.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S32) Tracing Your Paternal Ancestors: Secrets in y-DNA.  Congratulations! You have taken an yDNA test, but now you are left to decipher the results. Through this lecture learn the specific about testing your paternal line, understanding your results, and what your ancestral heritage means.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S35) Tracing Your Maternal Ancestors: Secrets in mtDNA.  Mitochondrial DNA is not part of your chromosomal DNA and has its own inheritance pattern. It can tell you a lot about your deep ancestral heritage and confirm matches on your maternal line. But, what is it? Learn the answers to these questions and more through this presentation.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S36) What Your Chromosomes Can Tell You About Your Family.  The most common test for DNA analyzes your 22 autosomal chromosomes along with the X-Chromosome. This information can be very helpful in locating cousins, determining ethnic heritage and finding more information on female ancestors hiding in your tree.  That is if you know how to look. Learn more about atDNA through this presentation.