Ann Raymont, CG®
I have a T-shirt that says, “Genealogy—it’s in my DNA.” I think that’s true! I have a passion for history, for research, for learning the stories of my ancestors. And for sharing that enthusiasm with others. In very recent years, I’ve added DNA to my genealogy toolbox, and I’m enjoying the challenge and the new leads that might help chip away at some of my brick walls.
If you think we may be related, or if you have any questions for me, you can reach me at DNAsleuth@att.net. On GEDMatch, I’m A876964 and administer many more DNA kits.
As a member of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, I abide by their Code of Ethics (https://bcgcertification.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BCG-Code-of-Ethics.pdf). And as a genetic genealogist, I adhere to the Genetic Genealogy Standards (http://www.geneticgenealogystandards.com/).
I hold a Certified Genealogist® credential and have a bachelor’s degree in History from Indiana University.
Genealogy-specific educational highlights
- Genealogical Research Program, certificate-holder in the Boston University Center for Professional Education’s genealogical research program. (‘OL15’ summer 2014)
- ProGen 25: online study program in Professional Genealogy (Feb 2015-August 2016)
- ProGen Law: inaugural weekly study group Mar-Apr 2015, studying the book Genealogy and the Law by Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich
- Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors (Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research: March 2015) by Donna Moughty
- Indiana Genealogical Society annual conference (Apr 2015)
- National Genealogical Society annual conference (May 2015, 2019)
- Writing Logical Proof Arguments (Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research: March 2016) by Michael Hait
- Ohio Genealogical Society annual conference (Apr 2016)
- Writing and Publishing for Genealogists (Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research/IGHR: June 2016) led by Tom Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, PhD.
- Advanced Genealogical Methods (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy/ SLIG: Jan 2017) led by Tom Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, PhD., et. al.
- From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh/GRIP: June 2017) led by Harold Henderson and Kimberly Powell
- Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy/ SLIG: Jan 2018) led by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
- Tools and Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems (GRIP: summer 2018) led by Kimberly Powell
- Researching New York: Resources and Strategies (SLIG: Jan 2019) led by Karen Jones, CG, FGBS
- Irish Genealogy Research (GRIP: Jun 2019) led by David Rencher, CG, AG, FUGA, FIGRS
- Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation (GRIP: June 2021), by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG
- Military Records 1 (IGHR: July 2021), by Michael A Strauss, AG
- Dozens of webinars produced by the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Southern California Genealogical Society, Illinois State Genealogical Society, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, FamilyTree Webinars, FamilySearch, etc.
Genetic Genealogy-specific educational highlights
- International Conference for Genetic Genealogy/I4GG (2014): purchased online access to all 50 presentations; studied dozens
- Practical Genetic Genealogy (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh/GRIP: July 2015) by Blaine Bettinger, JD, PhD; Debbie Wayne, CG, CGL; Patti Hobbs, CG
- Genetic Genealogy for Professional Genealogists (Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research: Nov 2015) by Blaine Bettinger, JD, PhD
- Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques for Genealogical Research (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy/ SLIG: Jan 2016) coordinated by Angie Bush, MS
- Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence–Research Strategies (SLIG: Jan 2020) coordinated by Karen Stanbary, CG
I’m one of the founders of the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group and give presentations on DNA and genealogy throughout the region.
I also serve as a Trustee for the BCG [Board for Certification of Genealogists] Education Fund.
In addition, I am a member of the DAR. I am also involved in researching the Underground Railroad in Hamilton County, Indiana; and I volunteer with the Westfield-Washington Township Historical Society.
- Raymont, Ann. “Using DNA to Research Your Irish Ancestors.” Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum 25 (May-Jul 2015): 9, (http://www.ifhf.org/newsletter/IFHFNewsletterVol25-2May-Jul2015.pdf).
- Raymont, Ann. “Planning a Cemetery Visit? Important Dos and Don’ts to Read Before You Go.” Family History Daily (10 June 2015). (http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-and-how-to/planning-a-cemetery-visit-important-dos-and-donts-to-read-before-you-go/ : accessed 19 Aug 2015).
- Raymont, Ann. “Ireland’s Catholic Parish Registers Now Online.” Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum 25 (Aug-Oct 2015): 5,10.
- Raymont, Ann. “Donna Moughty’s Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors.” Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum vol. 26 n0. 1, Feb-Mar 2016.
- Raymont, Ann. “Identifying the Father of James Dorsey: a Case Study Incorporating DNA Evidence.” The Indiana Genealogist vol. 27 no. 3 (September 2016) pp. 5-23. *WINNER* of the 2016 IGS Elaine Spires Smith Writing Award.
- Raymont, Ann. “A Girl Named Prockie.” Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly vol. 59, no. 1 (1Q 2019) pp. 18-22. *2018 OGS Writing Contest Third Place*
- Raymont, Ann. “Identifying the Parents of Margaret Kosmachek: a Case for DNA.” Minnesota Genealogist, vol. 50, no. 1, spring 2019, p. 24-30.
- Raymont, Ann. “A Father for Walter Griffith of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 108, no. 3, September 2020, pp. 165-182.
- Raymont, Ann. “Revolutionary War: Hezekiah Griffith of Jefferson County, Ohio.” Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1, 2022, p. 54-59.
Presentations and other activities
I give frequent presentations throughout Indiana on incorporating DNA into our genealogy work , as a team leader with the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG).
I have assisted adoptees in analyzing their DNA results, and I have also used forensic genealogy techniques to look for surviving family members / candidates for DNA testing, to assist in confirming the identity of the remains of a WWII pilot shot down over Belgium (a military repatriation case).