Home to the oldest permanent English Settlement, Virginia has a long and storied history. Founded in 1607, it was on the forefront of much of the United States history. As such, there is a large variety of historical sites, battlefields, museums, and archives visitors to the state can enjoy. Virginia was also home to 8 presidents, giving it the nickname “Mother of Presidents” and a tradition of being politically active. With a temperate climate due to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean in the east, the state has a little bit of everything from hiking to surfing for those who are adventurous.
The In-Brief Guide to Virginia Genealogy written by Shannon Combs-Bennett contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.
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. Continuing to advance her genealogy education, Shannon completed the Boston University Certificate program in the fall of 2013. She is a ProGen alumni and 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. She is also the author of "A Genealogist's Guide to Richmond, Virginia", "A Genealogist's Guide to the Washington DC Area", and "An In-Brief Beginner's Guide to Genetics".