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DNA and Social Media Research Strategies

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21 April 2017

Guided Research at the Library of Virginia

800 East Broad Street

Richmond, Virginia

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Experienced researchers will be available in Conference Room “C” on the 1st floor of the Library to answer questions, provide individual assistance to beginners, and offer strategies for difficult genealogical problems.


22 April 2017

Four Points by Sheraton-Richmond Airport

4700 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23231.

The hotel is offering a special conference rate ($100 + tax) for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The reservation line for the hotel is: (888) 627-8644. Be sure to ask for the VGS conference rate.

A buffet lunch, which is included in your registration, will be provided on Saturday.


8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:15-10:15 a.m. Genetic Genealogy for the Beginner - an introduction and overview of the world of genetic genealogy testing.

10:15-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45–11:45 a.m. Creating a Research Plan for DNA Testing – using a genealogical research plan as a template, learn how to integrate DNA testing into the frame work. Learn who you should look at for testing and why.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-1:30 p.m. VGS Annual Meeting - Teresa Kelley, President

1:30-2:30 p.m. Organize your DNA Data – this lectures will include examples, tips and ideas to keep all of your DNA results organized and easy to understand.

2:30-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-4:00 p.m. Crowdsourcing Your Genealogy to Break Down Walls – learn how to use various forms of social media, and crowd sourcing, to expand your paper and DNA research and break down brick walls in the process.


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. Shannon enjoys researching, writing, and lecturing on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Virginia, social media, DNA, and lineage societies.

Shannon was the Family Tree University’s Family Tree Firsts blogger from 2011-2012. Since then, she has become a columnist and Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist, continues as an FTU contributor, and is 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 finds interesting.

Continuing to advance her genealogical education, Shannon has participated in many seminars and programs. For instance, she completed the Boston University Certificate program in the fall of 2013, was in ProGen class 24, and earned a PLCGS from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in American Records in 2016. Currently she is enrolled in the genealogical Masters of Science program from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Speakers for this Conference were provided by funds from the Richard Slatten Endowment for Virginia History of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

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