Ann holds a Certified Genealogist® credential and serves on the Board of Trustees for the BCG Education Fund. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University and earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She has also completed an 18-month program in professional genealogy (ProGen) and numerous other courses in genetic and traditional genealogy.
Ann is one of the founders of the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, and she enjoys giving presentations and workshops on genealogy and on incorporating DNA to expand our research. In addition, she has published genealogy articles and maintains a website and monthly blog at DNAsleuth.wordpress.com.
In ProGen, Ann developed a personal mission statement to “Prove, Preserve, and Share” family history. In that spirit, she recently qualified her first DAR line. Ann’s current goal is to apply that mission statement to her genealogy and ensure that kin close and distant, now and in generations to come, have accurate information about their shared roots and know their families’ stories too.
When not digging up ancestors (metaphorically speaking!), Ann does volunteer research for the Westfield-Washington Township Historical Society and Indiana’s Underground Railroad Initiative.
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) UT
• Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence–Research Strategies | 2020
• Researching New York: Resources and Strategies | 2019
• Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogists | 2018
• Advanced Genealogical Methods | 2017
• Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques for Genealogical Research | 2016
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) PA
• Irish Genealogy Research | 2019
• Tools and Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems | 2018
• From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments | 2017
• Practical Genetic Genealogy | 2015
Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) AL
• Writing and Publishing for Genealogists | 2017
ProGen 25 | 2015 - 2016
ProGen Law study group | 2015 beta test group
Boston University BU OL 15 Certificate Program in Genealogical Research | 2014
Ann has also attended several conferences conducted by the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, Ohio Genealogical Society, Indiana Genealogical Society, Indiana African American Genealogy Group, and Midwestern Roots.
Ann has published multiple articles on genealogy. A sampling includes
• 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. “Identifying the Parents of Margaret Kosmachek: a Case for DNA.” Minnesota Genealogist, vol. 50, no. 1, spring 2019, p. 24-30.
• 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 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*