Birth Name: Geraldine Estelle Halliwell
Place of Birth: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 6 August, 1972
*Swedish (from Finland), English, small amount of French (father)
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Geri is the daughter of Ana María J. (Hidalgo-Pueyo) and Laurence Francis Halliwell. Her father is of Swedish and English descent. Her mother is Spanish, from Huesco. Geri has also said that her father has some French ancestry.
Geri’s father took his own stepfather’s surname, “Halliwell”. Her father may have also gone under the surnames “Sjövik” (his father’s) and “Ball” (his mother’s).
Geri’s paternal grandfather was Mathias “Matt” Karlsson Sjövik (the son of Karl Jonasson Sjövik/Smeds and Anna Greta Josefsdotter Pellfolk). Both of Mattias’ parents were born in Korsnäs, Finland, and were almost certainly of ethnic Swedish descent, from the Swedish ethnic minority in Finland. Geri has stated that her grandfather was Swedish. The vast majority of people living in Korsnäs also speak Swedish.
Geri’s paternal grandmother was likely named Kathleen Ball.
Geri’s maternal grandfather was is Máximo Hidalgo. Máximo was from Huesca, Aragon, Spain.
Source: Genealogy of Geri’s paternal grandfather, Mathias Karlsson Sjövik – http://www.geni.com
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