Édouard Philippe

by Manila on May 18, 2017

Birth Name: Édouard Charles Philippe

Place of Birth: Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Date of Birth: 28 November, 1970

Ethnicity: French, Belgian (both Flemish and Walloon)

Édouard Philippe is a French lawyer and politician. He has served has the Prime Minister of France, since 15 May, 2017.

He is the son of teachers Anne Marie Josette Marthe (Lahosse) and Patrick Philippe. He is married to Edith Chabre.

Prime Minister Philippe’s maternal grandfather was Lucien Paul Auguste Lahosse (the son of Lucien Jules Constant Lahousse and Charlotte Marie Joséphine Lafont). Prime Minister Philippe’s great-grandfather Lucien was the son of Belgian immigrant Constant Fidèle Amand Lahousse, of Wervik, West Flanders, and of Pauline Marie Joseph Godfroy. Charlotte was the daughter of Auguste Joseph Lafont and Françoise Joséphine Claire Roux.

Prime Minister Philippe’s maternal grandmother was Jacqueline Raymonde Cornelie Barbez (the daughter of Jean Georges Théophile Corneille Barbez and Marthe Pannier). Jean was the son of Georges Joseph Charles Barbez and Hélène Florence Corneille Sicard. Marthe was the daughter of Emile Armand Henri Pannier and Marie Sophie Vanoost.

Prime Minister Philippe’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandmother, Isabelle Laseure, of Beveren aan de IJzer, West Flanders, Belgium.

Sources: Genealogies of Édouard Philippe (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org


Jess Moskaluke

by stlucas on April 14, 2017

Birth Name: Jessica Moskaluke

Place of Birth: Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada

Date of Birth: June 4, 1990

*Ukrainian, possibly other (father)
*German, one quarter Belgian/Flemish (mother)

Jess Moskaluke is a Canadian country pop singer.

Jess is the daughter of Rhonda (Walz) and Robert Moskaluke. Her father’s surname is of Ukrainian origin. Her mother has German and one quarter Belgian (Flemish) ancestry.

Jess’ maternal grandfather was Earl Walz (the son of Alfred Walz and Elizabeth de Pape). Alfred was the son of Joseph Walz and Anna Buchberger, who were ethnic Germans, born in Galicia, Austria (now Ukraine) and Bavaria, Germany. Elizabeth was the daughter of Frank de Pape, who was born in Illinois, U.S., to parents from Belgium, and of Emelie Marie Lucie Van Hee, who was originally from Merkem, West Flanders, Belgium.

Jess’ maternal grandmother was Rosemarie Silbernagel (the daughter of John Silbernagel and Roseanne Beck). John was the son of Ignatz Silbernagel and Magdalena Sander. Roseanne was the daughter of Kasper Beck and Katherine Litzingen. Jess’ great-great-grandparents Ignatz, Madgalena, Kasper, and Katherine all hailed from Kutschurgan, Ukraine (now Kuchurhan, Rozdilna Raio, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine), a village that was established by Roman Catholic German and Alsatian French immigrants in 1808. The family were ethnic Germans.

Sources: Genealogy of Jess’ maternal grandfather, Earl Walz – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Jess’ maternal great-grandfather, Alfred Walz, on the 1911 Canada Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jess’ maternal grandmother, Rosemarie Silbernagel – http://www.gigacorp.net

Obituary of Jess’ maternal great-grandmother, Rosanne (Beck) Silbernagel – http://www.legacy.com


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Coco Vandeweghe

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Colleen Hutchins Mullarkey

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 6, 1991

Ethnicity: Irish, Belgian/Flemish, Austrian, German, Manx, English

Coco Vandeweghe is an American professional tennis player. She was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Robert “Bob” Kennish Mullarkey and Tauna Kay (Vandeweghe).

Coco’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Francis Xavier Mullarkey (the son of James Mullarkey and Florence). Thomas was born in New York, to parents from Ireland.

Coco’s paternal grandmother was Theresa Ann Mall (the daughter of John Sylvester Mall and Laura Kennish).

John’s parents were Alois Mall and Clara Holz. John was born in Colorado, to an Austrian father, and an American mother of German ancestry.

Laura’s parents were William Kennish (the son of Robert Kennish and Dora H. Skeels) and Martha Elizabeth Harshman (the daughter of Frank Nathan Harshman and Laura Ellen Bullard). Robert was born in the Isle of Man, to an English father and a Manx mother.

Coco’s maternal grandmother was Miss America 1952, Colleen Kay Hutchins. Colleen’s mother’s surname was Perry.

Coco’s maternal grandfather was basketball player Ernest Maurice “Ernie” Vandeweghe, Jr. His parents were Ernest Maurice Van de Weghe, Sr. and Mary Smith (the daughter of Rufus Smith). Ernest Maurice, Sr. was born in New York, to a father from Belgium, of Flemish descent, and a mother from Germany.

Coco’s uncle (mother’s brother) is basketball executive Kiki Vandeweghe.

Sources: https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Coco’s parents – http://www.nytimes.com

Obituary of Coco’s paternal grandfather, Thomas F. X. Mullarkey – http://www.nytimes.com

Genealogy of Coco’s paternal grandmother, Theresa Ann Mall – http://mall.t.tripod.com

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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 – http://en.calameo.com (page 9 onwards)


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.

Sources: http://www.rfgenealogie.com

Genealogy of Iris Mittenaere (focusing on her father’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org