Birth Name: Chad Robert Turton
Place of Birth: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Date of Birth: November 15, 1974
Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Scottish, 1/16 Norwegian, remote Swiss-German, remote Welsh, possibly other
Chad Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer. He is known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback. Chad is the son of Deborah Ann “Debbie” (Kroeger) Sullivan and Wendelin “Windy” Turton. He was married to singer, songwriter, and actress Avril Lavigne.
Chad’s maternal grandfather was Heinrich “Henry” Kroeger (the son of Heinrich/Henrich “Henry” Kroeger and Helena Rempel). Chad’s grandfather Heinrich was born in Moscow, Russia, to an ethnic German family, of the Mennonite religion. He was a member of the Progressive Conservative party, and served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Chad’s great-grandfather Heinrich was the son of Heinrich Heinrich Kroeger and Anna Siemens. Helena was the daughter of Gerhard Rempel.
Chad’s maternal grandmother was Cleona Elora Kelts (the daughter of Harvey Shelton/Sheldon Kelts and Flora Belle McMillen). Cleona was born in Consort, Alberta, Canada. Harvey and Flora were American immigrants, from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota and Hesper, Iowa, respectively. Harvey was the son of Sheneer Preston Kelts and Ida Mae Slater. Flora was the daughter of John Henry McMillen and Norwegian immigrant Jennie Olsdatter, later Olson.
Sources: Genealogy of Chad Kroeger (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Family history of Chad’s maternal grandmother, Cleona Elora Kelts – http://phillipschloss.com
Obituary of Chad’s maternal grandmother, Cleona Elora (Kelts) Kroeger – http://www.consortenterprise.com
Family history of Chad’s maternal great-grandmother, Flora Belle McMillen – http://iagenweb.org
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