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 Association of Professional Genealogists, I abide by their Code of Ethics (https://www.apgen.org/ethics/). And as a genetic genealogist, I adhere to the Genetic Genealogy Standards (http://www.geneticgenealogystandards.com/).
I have a bachelor’s degree in History from Indiana University.
Genealogy-specific educational highlights
- Genealogical Research Program, Boston University (‘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)
- 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) coordinated by Tom Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, PhD.
- Advanced Genealogical Methods (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy/ SLIG: Jan 2017) taught 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) taught by Harold Henderson and Kimberly Powell.
- 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
I’m one of the founders of the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group.
In addition, I am 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.
Presentations and other activities
I give frequent presentations on Adding DNA to your Genealogy Toolkit at several local libraries in central Indiana, and others to 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 (repatriation).