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Unlock What Your Chromosomes Can Tell You

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23andMe. Ancestry. LivingDNA. The list of DNA testing kits that can be used to explore your heritage is virtually limitless.  According to MIT Technology Review, in 2017 over 12 million individuals had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy tests.

If you are among the estimated 1 in 25 American adults who now have access to their personal genetic data, or are just curious about what DNA testing can reveal, join us for What Your Chromosomes Can Tell You, the April 2019 Sunday with the Library program.

Sunday, April 7
2 p.m.
John Barton Payne Bldg, Warrenton

Picture of Shannon Combs-BennettThis presentation by Shannon Combs-Bennett, QG, PLCGS, will introduce you to what tests are available, help you understand fact versus fiction in the DNA testing world, and show you how DNA testing helps with genealogy research. No experience in genetics or genealogy needed, just an open mind and a curiosity about what your chromosomes can reveal.

Combs-Bennett is an award winning author and lecturer. She earned her BS in Biology from Indiana University with an emphasis in genetics and is currently earning her MSc in Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She enjoys lecturing and writing on a variety of topics but particularly loves helping people break down the “brick walls” in their genealogy research.

“What Your Chromosome Can Tell You” is the first of numerous programs in the 2019 Fauquier Community Read. This year’s book – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – is the riveting story of two families, generations apart, that are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice.  It’s exploration of family is a natural impetus for exploring our own family history.   For details about other Fauquier Community Read programs, including “An Evening with the Author,” visit the Community Read webpage.  You can also reserve your seat to hear Lisa Wingate read from Before We Were Yours, discuss her work and her process for researching and writing at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16 at the Rice Theater, Highland School.

Library staff has compiled a short list of materials available at your local library to assist in your genealogy research. For other suggestions, stop by the reference desk at your local Fauquier County Public Library.

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library

*This article first appeared in the April 3 edition of The Fauquier Times

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