Louis Michel

by Manila on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Louis Hortense Omer Charles Michel

Place of Birth: Tienen, Flemish Brabant, Belgium

Date of Birth: 2 September, 1947

Ethnicity: Belgian (both Flemish and Walloon)

Louis Michel is a Belgian politician. He had served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 12 July 1999 to 18 July 2004, and as the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, from 22 November 2004 to 17 July 2009.

Louis’ father, Charles Louis Michel, was born in Hoegaarden, Flemish Brabant. Louis’ mother, Irma Euphrasie Louise Piraux, was born in Zétrud-Lumay, Jodoigne, Walloon Brabant. Louis is married to Martine Simone Yolande Ghislaine Pierre.

Louis’ son, Charles Michel, is the Prime Minister of Belgium.

Louis’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Henri Michel.

Louis’ paternal grandfather was Jean Baptiste Michel (the son of Charles Louis Michel and Antoinette Loosen). Charles Louis was the son of Lambert Michel and Trinette Vansumsen. Antoinette was the daughter of Guilielmus Loosen and Bertile Ulens.

Louis’ paternal grandmother was Marie Emilie Hortense Depus (the daughter of Lambert Depus and Maria Catherine Drappier). Louis’ great-grandfather Lambert was the son of Joseph Depus and Barbe Vandenbosch. Maria Catherine was the daughter of François Drappier and Victoire Joseph Flabas.

Louis’ maternal grandfather was Omer Joseph Piraux (the son of Édouard Pireaux and Irma Léopoldine Joseph Ziebor). Édouard was the son of Antoine Joseph Piraux and Clémentine Joseph Fontaine. Louis’ great-grandmother Irma was the daughter of Aloïse Ziebor and Marie-Louise Philomène Pireau.

Louis’ maternal grandmother was Marie Julie Dellisse (the daughter of Jean Joseph Dellisse and Marie Thérèse Defoer). Jean Joseph was the son of Melchior Dellisse and Régine Dendas. Marie Thérèse was the daughter of an unknown father and Julienne Defoer.

Louis’ matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his sixth great-grandmother, Marie Catherine Leclercq.

Source: Genealogy of Louis’ son, Charles Michel – (page 9 onwards)


Michael Franti

by madman on February 2, 2017

Birth Name: Lofy (as registred on birth record)

Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 21, 1966

*African-American (father)
*Irish, Belgian, German (mother)

Michael Franti is an American poet, singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, and composer. He is the lead singer of the rock band Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Michael’s biological parents are Mary Lofy and Thomas Hopkins. Thomas is African-American, and Mary is of Irish, Belgian, and German descent, which Michael mentioned in an interview. In the same interview, Michael also stated that he has Native American ancestry on his father’s side. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Michael was adopted by a Finnish-American couple, Carole (Wisti) and Charles Franti.

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Iris Mittenaere

by Manila on January 29, 2017

Place of Birth: Lille, France

Date of Birth: 25 January, 1993

Ethnicity: French, some Belgian (Flemish)

Iris Mittenaere is a French model and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Universe 2016.

Her father, Yves Mittenaere, is a history and geography professor. Her mother, Laurence Druart, is a schoolteacher.

Iris’ paternal grandparents are Johnny Mittenaere (the son of Marcel Mittenaere and Madeleine Verheu) and Christiane Canivet. Madeleine was Belgian, from Halluin, Nord, and was likely the daughter of Arnold Adolf (or Arnold Joseph in French) Verheu and Maria Magdalena (or Marie-Madeleine in French) Vanwambeke, both of Tiegem, Anzegem, West Flanders.


Genealogy of Iris Mittenaere (focusing on her father’s side) –


Rose Bertram

by stlucas on January 19, 2017

Birth Name: Stephanie Rose Bertram

Place of Birth: Kortrijk, Belgium

Date of Birth: October 26, 1994

*Belgian [possibly Flemish] (father)
*Portuguese, Senegalese (mother)

Rose Bertram is a Belgian model. She was born in Kortrijk, Belgium, to a Belgian father and a Cape Verdean mother. Her maternal grandfather was from Senegal and her maternal grandmother was born in Portugal. Rose’s mother is pictured here. Rose, her mother, and grandmother, are pictured here.

Rose was raised in the Dutch part of Belgium. She moved to Ghent with her family at the age of eleven. She speaks fluent Dutch, French, and English.


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John Mellencamp

by madman on December 30, 2016

Birth Name: John J. Mellencamp

Place of Birth: Seymour, Indiana, United States

Date of Birth: October 7, 1951

Ethnicity: German, Scottish, English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, Welsh, French, remote Belgian (Flemish)

John Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, painter, and actor.

John is the son of Marilyn Joyce (Lowe) and Richard Lee Mellencamp.

John’s paternal grandfather was Harry Perry Mellencamp (the son of Johann/John Herman/Henry Louis Mellencamp/Mollenkamp/Melloncamp and Caroline/Carolyn “Carrie” Mary Mackey). John’s great-grandfather Johann was born in Columbus, Indiana, to German parents, from Enger, Germany, Johann/John Herman Friedrich/Louis Mellencamp/Mollenkamp and Anna Maria Bramsche. Caroline was the daughter of John Henry Mackey, who was German, and of Anna Maria Angelica Munte, who was likely of German descent as well.

John’s paternal grandmother was Laura L. Noblitt (the daughter of John Franklin Noblitt and Martha Ella/Ellen Ehlers/Ellers/Ellerson/Ellis). John’s great-grandfather John Noblitt was the son of Joel Vandeveer Noblitt and Elizabeth Codey McCalister/McCallister, and had Irish, French, English, Scottish, and Belgian (Flemish) ancestry. Martha was the daughter of Frederick James Ehlers, who was German, and of Martha Phemlot.

John’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Harrell Lowe (the son of Joseph Heber Lowe and Mary Louisa Belnap). John’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in Franklin, Idaho, to Scottish parents, Thomas Lowe and Eliza Galloway. Mary Louisa was the daughter of Gilbert Rosel Belnap, who was Canadian, and of Adaline Knight, and had English, and some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), ancestry.

John’s maternal grandmother was Bessie E. Lowry (the daughter of Charles Clinton Lowry and Cora Ethel Whitsett). Bessie had Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, and English, ancestry. Charles was the son of John Alvin Lowry and Martha Ellen Whitsitt. Cora was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Whitsett and Hannah Margaret Morrison.

Sources: Genealogy of John Mellencamp –

Genealogy of John Mellencamp (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Heber Lowe –

Genealogies of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Louisa Belnap –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Clinton Lowry –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Whitsett (focusing on his own father’s side) –

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