CeCe is an investigative genetic genealogist and media consultant. She is the Chief Genetic Genealogist for Parabon Nanolabs, heading their Genetic Genealogy Services for law enforcement unit, boasting the unparalleled record of over ninety successful identifications in the first 18 months alone! Throughout the last decade, CeCe has been considered an innovator and pioneer in the use of autosomal DNA, frequently consulted by DNA testing companies, genealogists, adoptees, law enforcement and the press. As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy. She has taken a leadership role in creating educational resources for the genetic genealogy community and helped create and teach the groundbreaking first genetic genealogy courses at the premier genealogical institutes, including GRIPitt, SLIG, IGHR and FGI. Further, CeCe organized the groundbreaking Institute for Genetic Genealogy conferences, held in Washington D.C. in 2014 and San Diego in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She created and runs the largest educational online DNA-focused forum, the DNA Detectives Facebook group, which boasts a following of over 125,000 members. In recognition of her contributions, CeCe has been appointed a 2019 – 2020 Non-Resident Fellow of the Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard’s Hutchins Center.
CeCe has been a core production member as the full time genetic genealogist of the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continually since 2013, and as a producer in Season 5 (2019). She is an ABC News Consultant and collaborates regularly with 20/20, showcasing her cutting-edge work reuniting individuals of unknown parentage with biological relatives through genetic genealogy, and helping law enforcement to resolve cold cases. She has appeared frequently as a genetic genealogy expert on TV shows, including 60 Minutes, The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, CBS This Morning, Fox News, Smerconish, Dr. Phil, The Doctors and Finding Your Roots and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and MIT Technology Review. Her work has also been featured in hundreds of articles and books including in the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Insider, ABC News, Wired, The Atlantic, LA Times, 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. Notably, CeCe led the research teams that solved the high profile cases involving amnesiac Benjaman Kyle and foundling Paul Fronczak. She is a long-time member of Screen Actor’s Guild and Mensa, and the proud mother of Nicky.
Tim Janzen is a family practice doctor at South Tabor Family Physicians in Portland, Oregon. He has had an interest in genealogical research for 40 years and has particularly been involved in Mennonite genealogical research for the past 20 years. He has a web site that summarizes many different sources available for Mennonite genealogical research found at www.timjanzen.comand has given many presentations about Mennonite genealogy in the United States and Canada. For the past 14 years Tim has been become very interested in using DNA analysis to help complement traditional genealogical research. Glenn Penner and he are the co-administrators of the Mennonite DNA project at www.mennonitedna.com. Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regard to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis. He is a consultant to the genetics company 23andMe as one of their Ancestry Ambassadors. He has also been a consultant for Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage, and Ancestry.com. He periodically gives presentations on genetic genealogy and also does private genetic genealogy consulting on a case-by-case basis. Tim is married to Rachel Janzen and they have 4 children.
Barbara Rae-Venter, J.D., Ph.D., is a retired intellectual property attorney who specialized in the patenting of biotechnology inventions. She earned a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin Law School and a B.A. double major in Psychology and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of California at San Diego. Barbara’s identification of the mother of Lisa Jensen, abducted in infancy and then abandoned by her abductor as a 5 year old, led to identifying a suspect for the murder of the Allenstown Four in Allenstown, NH. https://www.forensicmag.com/article/2017/02/tale-abandoned-girls-dna-lednotorious-cold-case. Barbara subsequently determined the true identify of Lisa’s abductor, a man of many aliases, as Terry Peder Rasmussen. She has also confirmed the identities of three of the four Allenstown victims using a DNA profile obtained from nuclear DNA extracted from the hair shaft of the victims. https://www.wbur.org/news/2019/06/06/bear-brook-identification. Using the same technique as she used to identify Lisa and Rasmussen, Barbara assisted in identification of a suspect for the notorious Golden State Killer as Joseph James DeAngelo. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/science/barbara-rae-venter-gsk.html.” For her work in Investigative Genetic Genealogy, Barbara was recognized by the journal Nature as one of “10 people Who Mattered In Science In 2018.” https://www.nature.com/immersive/ d41586-018-07683-5/index.html. She was also recognized as one of Time100’s Most Influential People of 2019. http://time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2019/. Barbara continues to work with law enforcement assisting with identification of suspects in violent crimes and the identification of unidentified human remains. Barbara also helps to train law enforcement professionals in the use of DNA in solving crime. Barbara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kitty Munson Cooper is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started blog.kittycooper.com in 2012 to keep track of her own family’s DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. Then she added some tools she wrote for graphing DNA relationships. Between the tools and the simple step by step pictorial explanations written for her relatives, the blog soon became extremely popular. It currently gets several thousand unique visitors a day. Her popularity earned her a spot on the top ten rockstar genetic genealogists list in the last several years.
Kitty’s interest in family history and genealogy started at her beloved Aunt Marion’s funeral in 1997 when she realized that many stories had died with her aunt. She resolved not to let any more of them be forgotten and started collecting stories and family data from that day forward.
Most recently she traveled to Norway and visited many of the farms of her ancestors and finally met in person many of her 3rd, 4th, and 5th cousins, most discovered with DNA testing.
Kitty started programming computers in 1966 while still in high school and recently retired from her own small web development business. In her spare time she has created a number of tools for the genetic genealogy community for displaying pictures of whom their DNA is from, showing overlapping segments, and grouping the DNA overlaps.
She has a cum laude degree from Harvard University and is also a World Champion Bridge player. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Lakeside, California (East San Diego County) with her husband Steve and their dog Kyndra. They have over an acre and more than 20 fruit trees. Gardening is another hobby of hers.
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Carol Isbister Rolnick is a Genetic Genealogy consultant and leading researcher in the genetic genealogy community, specializing in the use of DNA to identify unknown family. Carol has helped scores of adoptees and others of unknown parentage to find their biological family, including the widely publicized case of Paul Fronczak, who published his story in a highly acclaimed book “The Foundling.”
Carol specializes in autosomal DNA research to solve unknown paternity, adoption, foundlings, and recent unknown ancestry, but is proficient in the use of both y-DNA and mt-DNA as well. She also has a keen interest in the overlap of medical genetics with genealogy, managing projects for rare inherited diseases to identify family who are potential carriers to reduce risk and expedite treatment and support.
Bitten by the genealogy bug from an early age, she discovered an even greater passion for genetic genealogy beginning in the very early days of testing. The field satisfies her love of science, big data and an insatiable desire to help others solve personal mysteries.
She is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists, the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.
Katherine Borges is the Co-Founder and Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), which promotes and educates about genetic genealogy to over 10,000 members in over 70 countries. She works to increase professional standards in the practice, research, and discussion of relevant issues in DNA testing, interpretation, and ethics. Katherine gives many presentations on genetic genealogy to groups across the United States, the United Kingdom and in Ireland. Katherine is past-Regent Turlock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and currently serves as Chaplain and is Past-President of Captain James Davis Chapter, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. She has been married to her high-school sweetheart, Vince, for 25 years and they have two children, Joshua and Michaela.
Dana Leeds worked with DNA at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the early 1990s while earning a degree in biology education. While helping with a case of unknown parentage in the summer of 2018, Dana developed an innovative method for sorting DNA matches that has proven helpful to those researching brick wall ancestors as well as those working with unknown parentage cases.
Michelle Milledge Trostler
Michelle Milledge Trostler earned her MA from USC in Sociology and is a PhD candidate at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Michelle presented her first solved unknown parentage case to CeCe Moore’s DNA Interest Group in early 2014. That presentation described her (then) avant garde method of attaching DNA to the tree of a match. This came to be known as Mirror Trees which CeCe credits Michelle with inventing. Michelle joined CeCe’s team of DNA Detectives who solved the case of Paul Fronczak in 2015 which is now a popular genealogical read entitled “The Foundling.” Since then, Michelle has worked as an independent Genetic Genealogy consultant reuniting families and solving family mysteries through DNA. For more information, please visit identify family.com.