Birth Name: Douglas Alexander Smith
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: June 22, 1985
Ethnicity: mainly English and Ashkenazi Jewish, with small amounts of Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, remote French
Douglas Smith is a Canadian actor and musician, with American citizenship. He is the son of English-born producer Maurice Smith and American-born actress Terrea Oster. His brother is actor Gregory Smith.
Douglas’s maternal grandfather was Jewish (from a family from Germany and Hungary). Douglas’s maternal grandmother had English, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, and remote French, ancestry.
Douglas’s paternal grandparents were George Edward Smith and Anne Joan Brown. George and Anne were both from England.
Douglas’s maternal grandfather was Harvey Franklin Oster (the son of Theodore David Oster and Ruth Singer). Harvey was born in New York. Theodore was a Jewish immigrant, who was born in Germany, to Maurice/Morris Oster and Barbella Lrank. Ruth was born in New York, to Jewish parents from Hungary, Ignatz Singer and Sarah or Lena Selkules/Seckules.
Douglas’s maternal grandmother was Louise Mae Merchant (the daughter of George Elmer Merchant and Mable/Mabelle/Mabel A. Hanson). George was born in North Dakota, the son of George E. Merchant and Kittie Graham, and had English, as well as more distant Dutch and German, ancestry. Mable was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Hans A. Hanson, who was Swedish, and of Grete “Gina” Jacobson, who was Norwegian.
Sources: Marriage record of Douglas’s maternal grandparents, Theodore David Oster and Ruth Singer – https://familysearch.org
Douglas’s maternal grandfather, Harvey Franklin Oster, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Douglas’s maternal great-grandfather, Theodore David Oster, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Douglas’s maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Singer, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Douglas’s maternal grandmother, Louise Mae Merchant – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Douglas’s maternal grandmother, Louise Mae Merchant, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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