About Author Shannon Combs-Bennett

Shannon has always enjoyed learning about history. Her father was a secondary school history teacher and every story, family vacation, or trip to the local grocery store became a history lesson. As a child, she loved listening to the adults talk at family reunions or other social occasions and hearing all the stories about the family. Shannon never dreamed she could learn more than what she already knew—or in some cases completely destroy the family myths with a search at an archive! She has become the second genealogist on both her mother’s and father’s sides of the family, taking over from close relatives who researched the family’s history in the pre-computer age.

A school family tree brought home by her child was the catalyst Shannon needed to propel her headlong into genealogy and family history research. Shannon was selected to be the second Family Tree Firsts Blogger through Family Tree University and wrote weekly blog posts from December 2011 to December 2012. She took this time to jump-start her genealogy education and really dug into researching her and her husband’s family. Her tenure ended with her first published article in Family Tree Magazine “Testing the DNA Waters” in their December 2012 issue.

Shannon is a staff genealogist at the headquarters for the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century in Washington, DC. There she approves applications for membership into the organization by verifying the prospective members’ lineal descent from a person who lived and rendered service in one of the original 13 colonies prior to 1701.

She started a personal blog around the same time. It has become a place for Shannon to post her research, special discoveries, thoughts, opinions, and myriad other things that she found interesting, such as her passion for genetic genealogy. She has always had a love of teaching and education, which makes a personal blog the perfect outlet for her.

Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University, which started her passion for research and genetic genealogy. In 2013, she completed the Boston University Online Certificate in Genealogical Research and is a student at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies where she is working toward a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) with an emphasis on American Records.

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