Shannon Combs-Bennett

Shannon Combs-Bennett, MSc, QG (Qualified Genealogist), is an award-winning author and lecturer who writes and speaks to groups across the US and internationally on a variety of topics from genetic genealogy to methodology. Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with an emphasis in genetics from Indiana University and her Master of Science in Genealogic, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She is the founder and owner of Trials and Tribulations (T2) Family History, where she works with clients to solve their genealogical and genetic questions.


Saturday, 4 April 2020

Practical DNA Workshop – Shannon Combs-Bennett

9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S41) Basic DNA Inheritance Principles Explained
At times DNA results are more puzzling than the genealogical paper trail you have.  It is essential to understand the basic principles of inheritance and what tests you should take before you try to put your genetic puzzle together.  This lecture will focus on explaining very simple inheritance principles for a better understanding of your results. By the end of the presentation attendees should understand why their 2nd great-grandparents DNA may or may not show up in their tests and why ethnicity results are only estimates.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S42) Introduction to Chromosome Mapping
Many researchers love looking at chromosome maps. So many pretty colors! However, do you look at these maps and browsers and do not understand what any of it means? Or maybe you are asking yourself, what is a chromosome map? In this lecture, learn the basics of understanding a chromosome map and how to determine how and where matches are related.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S43) Unknown Parentage Cases and DNA Testing
More and more researchers are discovering an unknown parentage situation in their family either from adoption, lost records, or other family problems. So, how do you overcome the research roadblock? This lecture will focus on these brick wall issues with special attention paid to adoptees.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S44) Creating a research plan for DNA testing
Successful research means you have a plan and you work the plan. The same thing is true when you add DNA testing to genealogy. Learn how to combine traditional genealogical research planning with DNA testing to be more successful in your hunt for ancestors.