The Central Indiana DNA Interest Group is a non-profit organization with the goal of educating Hoosiers on the benefits of genealogical DNA testing. CIDIG conducts regular classes at our home location at the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers, Indiana. CIDIG also travels around the Central Indiana area providing workshops and consultations at area libraries and historical societies. If your organization is interested in arranging a DNA education event, contact us here.
About CIDIG’s Expert DNA Team:
Ann holds a Certified Genealogist® credential. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University and 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 conducts lectures and workshops on using DNA to expand family histories. In addition, Ann has published several genealogy articles, including an award-winning DNA case study in the September 2016 issue of the Indiana Genealogist quarterly magazine. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and several local organizations such as the Indiana Genealogical Society. Ann has a website and monthly blog at DNAsleuth.wordpress.com. When not digging up ancestors, Ann does volunteer research with Indiana’s Underground Railroad Initiative.
Steven Frank is a professional birth searcher and attorney. Since 2015 he has helped over 100 adoptees and persons on unknown parentage reconnect with their birth parents through the use of commercial genetic tests such as AncestryDNA. In 2016 Steven testified before the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee as an expert on commercial genetic testing. In April 2017, Steven was named the Indiana Adoptee Network’s 2017 Angel in Adoption award recipient for his work reuniting Indiana adoptees with their birth parents. He is also project administrator for several Y-DNA projects. His website is http://www.geneticgenealogist.net
Andrea Ackermann, M.S., M.H.A. is a genealogist who incorporates genetic genealogy in her research methods. She is experienced in using DNA techniques to solve unknown parentage and brick wall ancestor problems. Her traditional research focuses on the Midwestern United States and its associated immigrants and settlers. She is one of the leaders in the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group and gives lectures on genetic genealogy and other traditional genealogical topics. She is a project administrator for the Wastell surname project at Family Tree DNA. Andrea has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and completed an 18-month program in professional genealogy (ProGen). She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist, National Genealogical Society plus several other state genealogical societies. Andrea has master degrees in animal nutrition and in hospital and health administration.
Denise is a professional genealogy researcher and DNA Specialist. She works with clients and other researchers to explore family history using DNA genetic testing. Denise gives lectures on genetic genealogy and other traditional genealogical topics and is one of the leaders in the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG). She is a member of several local and national genealogical organizations including: Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), National Genealogical Society (NGS), and Indiana Genealogical Society (IGS). Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a Master of Business (MBA) degree, has earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), as well as other certificates and coursework in advanced genealogical research and genetic testing. Denise volunteers with the Indiana Historical Society’s Mid-Western Roots Conference Planning Committee and at the Indianapolis LDS Family History Center.