Richard Dean Anderson

by madman on August 18, 2017

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: January 23, 1950

Ethnicity: Finland-Swedish (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, French-Canadian, Irish

Richard Dean Anderson is an American actor and producer. He is known for his lead role in the television series MacGyver.

Richard is the son of Jocelyn Rhae (Carter), an artist, and Stuart Jay Anderson, a teacher. Richard’s paternal grandfather was born in Wisconsin, to Finland-Swedish (ethnic Swedes from Finland) parents. His paternal grandmother was of English, Scottish, and Irish descent. Richard’s mother has German, English, and French-Canadian ancestry.

Richard has said that he has Mohawk Native American ancestry on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was John Irenus Anderson (the son of John Anderson and Sophia Silvart). John and Sophia were ethnic Swedish immigrants from Finland. Richard’s great-grandfather John was the son of Andrew Anderson and Susanna Johandotter. Sophia was the daugther of Jacob Silvart and Susanna Gunard.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Verna Jane Hall (the daughter of Charles Frederick Hall and Jennie Margaret McGeorge). Charles was born in New Brunswick, Canada, the son of George Stillman Hall and Hannah E. Knight, who was born in Maine. Jennie was also born in New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Peter McGeorge, who was Scottish, and of Eleanor Kelly, whose father was Irish.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Thomas Carter (the son of Francis Marion Carter and Otilia/Otellia Emilie/Amelia “Tillie” Gust). Francis was the son of Thomas Henry Carter and Cynthia Ann Trenary. Otilia was German.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Marie Rodd (the daughter of Richard Edward Rodd and Clara Bell Gray). Richard’s great-grandfather Richard Rodd was the son of Charles A. Rodd, who was of French-Canadian descent, and of Susanna Steffers, who was German. Clara was the daughter of David W. Gray, who was Canadian, and of Mary Elizabeth Hammer, whose father was German.

Sources: Genealogy of Richard Dean Anderson –

Genealogies of Richard Dean Anderson (focusing on his father’s side) –

Richard’s paternal grandparents, John Irenus Anderson and Verna Jane Hall, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Richard’s paternal grandfather, John Irenus Anderson –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal grandfather, Ralph Thomas Carter (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal grandmother, Hazel Marie Rodd –

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G Hannelius

by stlucas on July 5, 2017

G. Hannelius – “She’s Funny That Way” Los Angeles Premiere – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Genevieve Knight Hannelius

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 22, 1998

*Swedish (father)
*French-Canadian, Irish, English (mother)

G Hannelius is an American actress and singer.

G is the daughter of Kathy (Knight) and Paul Hannelius. G’s father is Swedish. G’s mother is American, of French-Canadian, Irish, and English descent. G was raised in Falmouth, Maine.

G’s paternal grandfather was Uno Oskar Hannelius (the son of Holger Oskar Birger Jarl Hannelius and Karin Irma Kristina Bohlin). Holger was born in Finland, likely of Swedish descent. Karin was from Sweden.

G’s paternal grandmother was Evy Maria Lindau (the daughter of Birger Erik Teodor Lindau and Anny Maria Åsenlund). Birger born in Sweden, the son of Emil Teodor Lindau/Larsson and Selma Elisabeth Sundström. Anny was also born in Sweden, the daughter of Per Erik Åsenlund and Brita Persdotter.

G’s maternal grandfather is the son of Clarence Errastis Knight and Arline Kenney. Clarence was the son of Linwood/Lynwood C. Knight and Nina/Rina E. Brown.

G’s maternal grandmother is the daughter of Paul R. Morin and Genevieve Agnes Cyr. Paul was born in Maine, the son of Remi Morin and Alice Costaonguay/Castonguay, who were of French-Canadian descent. Genevieve was also born in Maine, the daughter of Peter Price Cyr and Emma M. Paradis, and had French-Canadian and Irish roots.

Source: Genealogy of G Hannelius –


Jaco Pastorius

by madman on November 20, 2016

Birth Name: John Francis Anthony Pastorius III

Date of Birth: December 1, 1951

Place of Birth: Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: September 21, 1987

Place of Death: Wilton Manors, Florida, U.S.

*German, Irish (father)
*Finnish, Swedish, distant Sami (mother)

Jaco Pastorius was an American musician, composer, and producer. He was the son of Verna Katarina “Stephanie” (Haapala) and John Francis Pastorius.

Jaco’s paternal grandfather was John Francis Anthony Pastorius (the son of Francis Joseph Pistorius/Pastorius and Winifred/Winnifred “Winnie” Malley/Melley). Jaco’s great-grandfather Francis was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to German parents, Johann/John Nikolaus/Nicholas Pistorius/Pastorius and Margarethe/Margaret Fritzen. Winifred was born in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, to Irish parents; her father was named Condy Melley.

Jaco’s paternal grandmother was Rose Gertrude Carr (the daughter of John Vincent Carr and Sarah Gertrude Zink). John was the son of John Carr and Rose Harkins, and was most likely of Irish ancestry. Sarah was the daughter of George Zink, who was born in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, to German parents, and of Mary Jane Mullholland, who was likely the daughter of Irish parents.

Jaco’s maternal grandfather was David Haapala (the son of Antti “Andrew” Olofsson Haapala/Haapalainen and Josephina Gustavsdotter Bucht). Antti was born in Nedersotkamo, Oulu, Finland, the son of Olof Andersson Haapalainen and Caisa Isakdotter Nykänen. Josephina was born in Korpijärvi, Norrbotten, Sweden, the daughter of Gustaf Isaksson Bucht and Maria Cajsa Nilsdotter Oradd. Josephina had ancestors who lived in Finland.

Jaco’s maternal grandmother was Kaisa Eriika Isojärvi (the daughter of Heikki Pekanpoika Isojärvi and Briita Kaisa Jaakontytär Karjalainen). Jaco’s grandmother Kaisa was born in Kuolajärvi, Lappi, Finland. Heikki was the son of Pekka Ollinpoika Isojärvi and Maria Ollintytär Maajaakkola. Briita was the daughter of Jaakko Jaakonp Karjalainen and Maria Sigfridint Pitkä Tiermas.

Sources: Genealogy of Jaco Pastorius –

Genealogy of Jaco’s paternal grandfather, John Francis Anthony Pastorius –

Jaco’s paternal grandfather, John Francis Anthony Pastorius, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jaco’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Possibly Jaco’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Mullholland, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jaco Pastorius (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Jaco’s mother (through her sister, Hazel Eliina Haapala) –



by madman on October 12, 2016

Mary Lambert and gnash in Concert at Mix 106's and Q102's Performance Theatre in Bala Cynwyd - July 21, 2016

Birth Name: Garrett Charles Nash

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 16, 1993

Ethnicity: Norwegian (maternal grandmother), English, German, Irish, Scottish, distant Swedish, 1/1024th Lenape Native American

Gnash is an American singer, songwriter, DJ, and record producer. He is the son of Helene Carol (Lynn) and Charles Warner Nash.

Gnash’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of Norwegian parents. The rest of Gnash’s ancestry is mostly English and German, with some Irish and Scottish roots. He also has distant Swedish ancestry from the Colonial American period, as well as 1/1024th Lenape Native American roots, through Wa Ku Su To Me “Bright Lighting”, a princess of the Lenape tribe, who was born, c. 1658, in the colony of New Sweden (present-day Delaware); she married Hendrick Andersson Coleman, who was born in Finland.

Gnash’s paternal grandparents’ surnames were “Nash” and “Smith”.

Gnash’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Chester Lynn (the son of Chester E. Lynn and Lena Fern Owery/Owrey). Gnash’s great-grandfather Chester was the son of Albert Chadwick Lynn and Lydia Jane Stepp/Steppe. Lena was the daughter of David S. Owery/Owrey and Hannah Nye.

Gnash’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Hildur Andersen (the daughter of Helmer Andersen and Helene Gaarstad). Helmer and Helene were Norwegian immigrants.

Sources: Genealogies of Gnash’s maternal grandfather, Stanley Chester Lynn –

Gnash’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Hildur Andersen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Gnash’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Hildur Andersen –

Genealogy of Gnash’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Philip Walter –

Photo by Prphotos


Magnus Uggla

by madman on August 18, 2016

Birth Name: Per Allan Magnus Claësson Uggla

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

Date of Birth: June 18, 1954

Ethnicity: Swedish, as well as 3/16ths Ashkenazi Jewish, 1/16th Belgian (Walloon), 1/64th German, and remote Russian, Scottish, and Northern Irish

Magnus Uggla is a Swedish singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and blogger. He is the son of Madeleine Margareta (Thiel), a music director, and Claës Augustin Uggla, a patent council.

Magnus’ maternal grandfather was of three quarters Ashkenazi Jewish and one quarter Belgian (Walloon) descent. The rest of Magnus’ ancestry is mostly Swedish, with around 1/64th German, and remote Russian, Scottish, and Northern Irish.

Magnus’ paternal grandfather was Allan Robert Uggla (the son of Erik Robert Uggla and Adina Matilda Asklöf). Erik was the son of Johan Vilhelm Uggla and Kristina Ulrika Schöning. Johan’s father was a Swedish-speaking immigrant from Janakkala, Finland, and his mother was born in Gävle, Sweden, to Swedish-speaking parents from Finland. Magnus’ great-grandmother Adina was the daughter of Isaac/Isak Jonas Asklöf and Adina Charlotta Spaak.

Magnus’ paternal grandmother was Ida Evelina Augusta Petersén (the daughter of Carl August Petersén and Ida Abrahamson).

Magnus’ maternal grandfather was Olof Thiel (the son of Ernest Jacques Thiel and Anna Fredrika Josephson). Ernest was a Swedish financier and art collector, and was the son of Jean Jacques Thiel and Fanny Stiebel; Jean, a Catholic, was born in Eupen, Belgium, and was of Belgian (Walloon) descent, while Fanny was Jewish, and was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Magnus’ great-grandmother Anna was from a prominent Swedish Jewish family, with roots in Germany and Poland, and was the daughter of Wilhelm Joel Josephson and Emelie Josephina Marcus.

Magnus’ maternal grandmother was Matilda Lovisa Margareta af Burén (the daughter of Ivar af Burén and Matilda Sofia Ulrika Mörner af Morlanda). Ivar was the son of Carl Pontus af Burén and Lovisa Ulrika Amalia Key. Matilda was the daughter of Claes Gustaf Ernst Mörner af Morlanda and Mathilda Lovisa Napoleona Palmqvist. Cleas’ maternal grandfather, Bogislav Ernst Von Platen, was born in Rügen, Germany.

Sources: Genealogies of Magnus Uggla –

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