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Surname Study Introduction

This COMBS-COOMBS &c. INTERNATIONAL DNA STUDY was officially established March, 2005, as part of our on-line family history research project. We are a non-profit public benefit organization called the Combs-Coombs &c. Research Group.

Our DNA STUDY begins with a “Study Profile & Most Recent Developments” section for researchers to keep abreast of the study´s progress. This section will be updated regularly. This is followed by a section explaining “How To Access Our Family History Research Project & DNA Study” with descriptions from which to learn the organization of the study and links to facilitate on-line navigation. We recommend completely reading the DNA STUDY “Main Web Page” BEFORE utilizing the links to other parts of the study.

“Study Profile & Most Recent Developments”
Last updated TBD means “to be determined”
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Paternal Lines - Y Chromosome

# Since
 March 2005
Individual “Genetic Profiles” established77
“Lineage Genetic Profiles” identified11
Lineage “Snapshots” added to our Virtual Archive189
Lineages connected/validated by DNA Findings52
Lineages In Need of Matches24

Maternal Lines - MTDNA


What’s New


# DNA MatchesEarliest Known Ancestor

13Joseph COOMBS of the Tonoloways
(Pennsylvania/Maryland USA early to mid 1700s)

10Jonathan COMBS
(Monmouth Co, NJ USA)

7Archdale COMBE probable grandson of John COMBE of London
(Stafford Co, VA USA and St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, London ENG)

6Joseph COMBS
(Stafford Co, VA USA)

4Enoch COOMBS [possible]
(St. Mary’s Co, MD USA)

3Giles COOMBS (Dorset, Eng)
“Old Billy” COMBS (Washington Co, VA USA)

4Anthony COOMBS
(New Meadows & Harpswell, Maine USA)

2William COMBS
(Stafford and Russell Cos, VA USA)

2Elihu COMBS
(Vigo Co, IN USA)

2William COMBS
(Casey/Lincoln Cos, KY AND Patrick Co, VA USA)

See extent DNA matched, conclusions and next family history research steps at LINEAGES CONFIRMED BY DNA. You can also view the “snapshot” lineages and locations where ancestors resided thru links on the Lineages Confirmed page. To further study family history, links to research project reports can also be accessed here.


Be sure to check the following sections of the STUDY to keep abreast of changes and new information:

INTRODUCTION This page comes up when you open the DNA STUDY on-line.

VIRTUAL ARCHIVE As new lineages are posted it will only take a few minutes to see if there is anything new. These can be accessed by using a drop down menu where you can select geographic locations where you would like to review lineages and you can search for any term using your own browser, such as names and places that fit with your research interests.

DNA FINDINGS - LINEAGES CONFIRMED This will note the latest lineages tested and findings that are available.

LINEAGE STUDIES - SPECIAL STUDIES This will be an overview of a specific COMBS branch, research goals outlined, study learnings, descendancy and the research reports available in the family history part of our research project.

Throughout the project and study we have tried to link to the different parts of both the Research Project and the Study to help further family history research.

We now have a Study that integrates family history with DNA findings. This will be developed further over time and as there are new developments in the field of DNA as it relates to family history, we will see they are presented here. Remember we have many people who have tested and are waiting to find matches. If you are considering testing, please contact Denise Mortorff for further information at n2rpast@sbcglobal.net.


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To learn more about DNA as a science and as a tool for family history, you may want to check out some of these books:

Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors by Nicholas Wade.
DNA & Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Andrew Yeiser
Trace Your Roots with DNA: Use Your DNA to Complete Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner
Family History in the Genes: Trace your DNA and Grow Your Family Tree by Chris Pomery

Keeping Our Project & Study On-Line

We have been generously hosted by for the past 8 years. We are a non-profit organization, as is and believe in the sharing of family history in the public forum of the worldwide web. As an all volunteer group, any donations are greatly appreciated and needed to maintain this presence and to benefit the many researchers, not only of Combs-Coombs &c. lineages, but associated families, as well. Please click on to learn about our sponsor and to consider submitting a donation to promote the sharing of Combs-Coombs family history on the worldwide web. Thank you.