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CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

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CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

CeCe is an investigative genetic genealogist and media consultant. She has worked as the genetic genealogist for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continually since 2013. She is a sought after media consultant and the founder of The DNA Detectives, which boasts an online following of over 92,000 people. CeCe also recently joined forces with Parabon Nanolabs to lead their new Genetic Genealogy Services for law enforcement unit.

CeCe collaborates regularly with ABC’s 20/20, showcasing her cutting-edge work reuniting individuals of unknown parentage with biological relatives through genetic genealogy and, in 2018, worked as an ABC News Correspondent. She has appeared frequently as a genetic genealogy expert on TV shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, CBS This Morning, Fox News, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, Crime Watch Daily, Nancy Grace and Finding Your Roots. Her research has also been featured on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow for all three seasons.

As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010. CeCe has taken a leadership role in creating educational resources for the genetic genealogy community and is co-chair of the genetic genealogy standards committee. She helped create and teach the groundbreaking first genetic genealogy courses at the premier genealogical institutes, including GRIPitt, SLIG, IGHR and FGI. CeCe organized the Institute for Genetic Genealogy conferences, held in Washington D.C. in 2014 and San Diego in 2016 and 2017. She created and runs the largest educational online DNA-focused forum, the DNA Detectives Facebook group, as well as administering many other genetic genealogy online groups, forums and mailing lists.

CeCe is considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA, frequently consulted by DNA testing companies, genealogists, adoptees, law enforcement and the press. She has close working relationships with all of the major genetic genealogy testing companies, was invited to create and lead the Ancestry Ambassador program for 23andMe by their CEO, Anne Wojcicki in 2012, and has consulted for The New York Genome Project and MyHeritage’s DNA Quest. She also serves on the American Society of Human Genetics’ Genetic Ancestry Inference Committee.

CeCe has written regularly for The Root and PBS online and has been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of articles including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Business Insider, ABC News, Wired, the Atlantic, MIT Technology Review, Bloomberg, Live Science, Huffington Post, Fox News, People Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Washington Times, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Orange County Register, Genomics Law Report,The Invisible History of the Human Race, The Foundling and many others.

She works extensively on a pro-bono basis with individuals of unknown parentage to help them learn about their genetic heritage, often reuniting them with biological family members. Notably, CeCe led the research teams that solved the high profile cases involving amnesiac Benjaman Kyle and foundling Paul Fronczak.

CeCe is a Southern California native and attended the University of Southern California, studying on a full scholarship. Prior to her involvement in genetic genealogy, CeCe had been active in the entertainment industry for over two decades, performing leading roles in professional musical theatre such as West Side Story and Phantom and appearing in numerous television commercials, as well as producing and casting many advertising campaigns for broadcast. A longtime member of Screen Actors Guild, CeCe has worked with celebrated director Francis Ford Coppola, Superstar Michael Jackson, Jack Black, conductor Bill Conti, Mickey Rourke, Dennis Hopper, John Ratzenberger, Juliet Prowse, David Lynch, John Stamos, Carol Alt, Daniela Pestova, Dick Van Patten, Ed McMahon and represented corporate giants such as Coca Cola, AT&T, Porsche, American Express and Mattel. She is also a member of Mensa.

CeCe is the proud mom of a very talented thirteen-year-old boy who loves genetic genealogy almost as much as she does.