Meet the Authors

Brianne Kirkpatrick, MS, LCGC is a licensed and certified genetic counselor with a medical genetics background who specializes in the area of ancestry testing. She is the founder of Watershed DNA and has worked with clients who are impacted by adoption, donor conception, and NPE (not the parent expected) discoveries. Brianne first used genetic genealogy for her own family research and writes and blogs at Watershed DNA to help others understand the various types of genetic testing. She is passionate about helping others to understand DNA and encourages clear and compassionate communication around sensitive family topics. You can find her on social media including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Learn more about Brianne by visiting her Amazon author page.

Shannon Combs-Bennett QG, PLCGS is an author and lecturer within the genealogical community. She writes and speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of traditional genealogy topics and genetic genealogy. Shannon is the founder and owner of Trials and Tribulations (T2) Family History where she works with clients to solve their genealogical, and genetic, questions. She earned her BS in biology and is currently earning her MSc in Genealogic, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies. Shannon’s book Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award and the Mother’s Choice Award for hobby books in 2017. 

Learn more about Shannon by visiting her Amazon author page.