Meet the Speakers


a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis. Ms. Wilkins also works as a contributor for Proquest’s African American Heritage database.

Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, American Library Association, and a multitude of local societies.  

Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007.   She teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites. She specializes in African American research. 

Steven Frank

is a professional genetic genealogist and attorney. Since 2015 he has helped over 60 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 Adoption Network's 2017 Angel in Adoption award recipient for his work reuniting Indiana adoptees with their birth parents.  Steven is also a team leader with the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, in which capacity he regularly lectures on genetic genealogy topics throughout central Indiana. His website is

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