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Finding Your Roots genealogy consultants explain the science behind family history research.

Season 3

DNA Makes for Strange Bedfellows

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Episode two of Finding Your Roots: Season Three featured Bill Maher, Bill O’Reilly and Soledad O’Brien, and allowed us to deep-dive into Irish genetic genealogy research. Working with so many people who possess such varied ancestral backgrounds has provided me with the unique opportunity to learn […]

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Season 3

The Stories Hidden in Our DNA

With the New Year comes the opportunity for us at Finding Your Roots to finally share with you the results of all of the hard work of the previous year (and even some from the year before). As you will see in the coming episodes, there are more discoveries, more surprises, more laughs and tears and, of course, more amazing DNA stories.

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Season 2

Season Wrap-Up: Finally! DNA Takes Center Stage

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore There are so many things to say about last night’s final episode that it is difficult to know where to start, especially since this is also my last article of the series. I am proud that so much of my work was featured and appreciative that […]

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Season 2

When DNA Confirms the Paper Trail

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Sometimes no matter how hard I try, with so little time to research, I just can’t come up with a good DNA-related story angle for certain guests. That is pretty much the case for last week’s episode. This typically happens when the DNA supports the genealogical […]

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Season 2

Ashkenazi Jewish DNA and the Potential to Piece Together Shattered Family Branches

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore The episode that aired last week with Carole King, Alan Dershowitz and Tony Kushner did not include any DNA research, but that doesn’t mean that I hesitated to delve into their genetic genealogy. In fact, a short segment featuring Alan is included in the special DNA-themed […]

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Tracing Descent from a Slave Owner with DNA

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Last week’s episode focused on the roots of Nas, Valerie and Angela and their connection to slavery. Most of the DNA section was devoted to revealing their admixture and, for Nas and Angela, identifying specific ancestral origins in Africa. While this can be deeply meaningful, unfortunately, […]

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Season 2

A Noble Heritage: The History & Legacy of the Polonsky & Paull Family in America

by Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull Today, in honor of our episode featuring Jewish genealogy research, our guest Dr. Jeff Paull shares with us his story of discovery. Since becoming interested in genealogy though researching his family history for his son’s Bar Mitzvah, Dr. Paull has also become deeply involved in analyzing how DNA can aid people […]

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Season 2

Reconnecting Lost Family Tree Branches with DNA

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Many have told me that last week’s episode featuring the three chefs was their favorite yet. Although it is impossible for me to choose which episode I have enjoyed the most since so much work was invested in each one, the research that I did on […]

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Season 2

Telling Stories with Mitochondrial DNA

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Mitochondrial DNA or “mtDNA” is the type of DNA that is passed directly from a mother to her children. Since only females pass it on, it is an unbroken chain connecting us to our matrilineal ancestors stretching back through time. No matter how far back you […]

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Season 2

Telling Stories with Autosomal DNA

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore For last week’s episode, the “Finding Your Roots” team researched the families of three storytellers, Anna Deavere Smith, Anderson Cooper and Ken Burns. For all three there were questions that traditional genealogical research could not answer, so we turned to autosomal DNA to see if it […]

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