French Canadian

Jessica Paré

by stlucas on April 23, 2017

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: December 5, 1980

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, English, German

Jessica Paré is a Canadian actress and singer. She is married to Canadian musician John Kastner.

Jessica is the daughter of Louise (Mercier) and Anthony Paré. She was raised Catholic in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal, Québec, along with three brothers. She speaks fluent English and French.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather was Jules-Arthur Peter Paré (the son of Alphonse Arthur Paré and Lucy Griffith). Alphonse was the son of Louis Paré and Josephine Timmins, and had French-Canadian, English, and German, ancestry. Lucy was born in Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of Edward Arthur Griffith and Lucy Armstrong.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother was Ann/Anne Patricia Allison.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather was Jean-Jacques Mercier (the son of Honore-Joseph Mercier and Athala Gibeau). Honore-Joseph was the son of Napoleon Mercier and Delima Ruel. Athala was the daughter of Mathias Gibeau and Eva Vallee.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Newby.


Genealogy of Jessica Paré (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Jason Beghe

by stlucas on April 21, 2017

Birth Name: Jason Deneen Beghe

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

Date of Birth: March 12, 1960

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), German, English, 1/16th French-Canadian

Jason Beghe is an American film and television actor.

Jason is the son of Bina Loulie (House) and Renato William Beghe.

Jason’s father, a Judge of the U.S. Tax Court, was of half Italian descent, along with German and English, ancestry. Jason’s mother had English and French-Canadian roots.

Jason’s paternal grandfather was Bruno Beghe. Bruno was a painter, sculptor, and violonist originally born in Italy. His surname was possibly originally spelt “Beghè”.

Jason’s paternal grandmother was Emmavve/Emmaive Frymire. Her parents were William B. Frymire (the son of Benton J. Freymier and Emma Bell) and Laura Jane Cooper (the daughter of Ezra Alonzo Cooper and Vanda Jane Harriman). Benton’s mother, Rose Ann Miller, was originally from Germany.

Jason’s maternal grandfather was Thomas William House, IV. His parents were Thomas William House, III (the son of Thomas W. House, II, and Ruth Nicholson) and Bessie Forbes (the daughter of Thomas Forbes and Lila Hughes). Thomas William, II, was born in Texas to parents from Somerset, England.

Jason’s maternal grandmother was Bina Day Deneen. Her parents were Charles Samuel Deneen (the son of Samuel Hedding Deneen and Mary Frances Ashley) and Bina Day Maloney (the daughter of James Smith Maloney and Frances Viola Bashaw). Frances Viola’s parents were Peter Bashaw (the son of Jean Baptiste Bachand and Marie Françoise Meunier Lapierre) and Mary Elizabeth Ashby (the daughter of Jean Baptiste Ashby and Catherine Vegiard).

Jason’s great-grandfather Charles Samuel was the 23rd Governor of Illinois, and was the first to serve two consecutive terms, from 1905 to 1913. Jason’s great-great-grandmother Frances Viola was born in Marieville, Québec, Canada, of French-Canadian descent.

Sources: Obituary of Jason’s father, Renato William Beghe –

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Joseph Kosinski

by stlucas on April 16, 2017

Birth Name: Joseph Michael Kosinski

Place of Birth: Marshalltown, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 3, 1974

Ethnicity: Polish, French-Canadian, English, possibly other

Joseph Kosinski is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

Joseph is the son of Patricia Eileen (Provost) and Joel Michael Kosinski.

Joseph’s maternal grandfather was Leo H. Provost (the son of Henry Joseph Provost and Blanche S. Fournier). Henry was born in Massachusetts, to a father from Vermont, Joseph H. Provost, and a mother from Massachusetts, Mary Ryder. Blanche was born in Massachusetts, to French-Canadian parents.

Joseph’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Julia Ryan (the daughter of Edward A. Ryan and Leontine Genevieve Mansur). Edward was born in Wisconsin, to a father from Australia and a mother from New York. Leontine was born in Wisconsin, to a father from Canada and a mother from Wisconsin.

Sources: Obituary of Joseph’s maternal grandfather, Leo H. Provost –

Joseph’s maternal great-grandmother, Blanche S. Fournier, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Joseph’s maternal grandmother, Catherine Julia (Ryan) Provost –

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LuAnn de Lesseps

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: LuAnn Nadeau

Place of Birth: Berlin, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 17, 1965

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, possibly Mi’kmaq/Algonquin First Nations

LuAnn de Lesseps is an American television personality, model, author, and singer. She is married to French entrepreneur Alexandre de Lesseps, the great-great-grandson of French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps.

LuAnn is the daughter of French-Canadian parents Rolande (Corriveau) and Roland B. Nadeau. She grew up with six siblings.

LuAnn’s mother is from Montréal, Québec. LuAnn’s father was born in Lac-Baker, New Brunswick.

LuAnn’s paternal grandparents were Belone/Belonne Nadeau and Matheide/Méthaide Tardif.

Regarding her ethnic background, LuAnn stated in her book, Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair (2009):

My father’s mother was a full-blooded Native American of the Micmac tribe of the Algonquin Indians. He grew up poor in Canada, one of twelve children.

Sources: Obituary of Luann’s father, Roland B. Nadeau –

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Jason Reitman

by stlucas on April 1, 2017

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: October 19, 1977

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*French-Canadian (mother, who converted to Judaism)

Jason Reitman is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Jason was born in Montréal, Québec, the son of film producer Ivan Reitman and actress Geneviève Robert. His sisters are Caroline and Catherine, who is also an actress. They were raised in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Jason’s father was born in Komárno, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), to Slovak Jewish parents. Jason’s mother is French-Canadian; she converted to Judaism upon their marriage.

Jason’s paternal grandparents were Ladislav “Leslie” Reitman (the son of Gustav Reitman and Cecelia/Cecilia Hochberger) and Klara/Clara Raab/Rab. Gustav was the son of Nathan Reitman and Rozalia Hilwerth.

Jason has dual Canadian and American citizenship.


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