French Canadian

Dan Bilzerian

by madman on December 30, 2016

Birth Name: Brandon Dan Bilzerian

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, United States

Date of Birth: December 7, 1980

*25% Armenian
*25% French-Canadian
*25% Swiss-German
*25% Norwegian

Dan Bilzerian is an American social media personality and professional poker player.

Dan is the son of Terri Lee (Steffen) and Paul Bilzerian (Paul Alec Bilzerian), a corporate takeover specialist. His father is of half Armenian descent, with his other roots including French-Canadian, and possibly other. His mother has Swiss-German and Norwegian ancestry.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Oscar A. Bilezerian (the son of Alexander Bilezerian and Lucy/Lusen Danielian/Dunelian). Oscar was born in Massachusetts, to Armenian parents.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was Joan S. Barrie (the daughter of Leon H. Barrie and Marie Claire Eveline Lachance). Leon was the son of Henry G. Barrie and Aileen L. Marie Claire was the daughter of Joseph H. Lachance and Georgiana Chartier.

Dan’s maternal grandfather was Harry Allen Steffen (the son of Samuel Steffen and Rose Susan Garber). Samuel was the son of Johannes “John” Steffen, who was born in Emmental, Switzerland, and of Magdalena J. Amstutz, who was born in Kidron, Ohio, of Swiss-German descent. Rose was the daughter of Israel Garber and Barbara Ann Suter, who were both of Swiss-German descent.

Dan’s maternal grandmother was Lois Jane Lanning (the daughter of Alfred Lanning and Alice Theoline Strand). Alfred was the son of Peder Sylversen Lanning, whose parents were Norweigan, and of Marta Olsdatter Gulden, who was Norwegian. Alice was the daughter of Helmer Parelius E. Strand and Emma Elvina Tollefson, who were both born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents.

Sources: Obituary of Dan’s uncle, Dan Morgan Steffen –

Dan’s paternal grandfather, Oscar A. Bilezerian, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Joan S. (Barrie) Bilezerian –

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph H. Lachance (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Dan’s maternal grandaunt, Doris A. Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-grandfather, Alfred Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Peder Sylversen Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice Theoline Strand –

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Natalie Merchant

by madman on December 16, 2016

Birth Name: Natalie Anne Merchant

Place of Birth: Jamestown, New York, United States

Date of Birth: October 26, 1963

*Italian/Sicilian (father)
*German, Irish, French-Canadian (mother)

Natalie Merchant is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is the daughter of Anne (Meyer) and Anthony Merchant.

Natalie’s paternal grandparents were Anthony “Tony” Merchant/Mercante (the son of Joseph L. Mercante and Rose) and Ida/Ada R. Benenati. Anthony and Ida were Italian immigrants.

Natalie’s maternal grandfather was Jerome Joseph Meyer (the son of Joseph A. Meyer and Elizabeth C.). Elizabeth’s mother was Irish.

Natalie’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Charlotte Boesch (the daughter of Oliver Wendell Boesch and Marion Couvrette). Oliver was the son of John Boesch, who was German, and of Stella Ralph. Marion was the daughter of Syripine/Cyprian Couvrette, who was French-Canadian, and of Anna J. Byron, who was Irish.

Sources: Genealogy of Natalie Merchant (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Natalie’s father –

Genealogy of Natalie’s mother –

Obituary of Natalie’s mother –

Natalie’s maternal grandfather, Jerome Joseph Meyer, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Natalie’s maternal great-grandparents, Oliver Wendell Boesch and Marion Couvrette –

Natalie’s maternal great-grandfather, Oliver Wendell Boesch, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Natalie’s maternal great-grandmother, Marion Couvrette, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Justice Smith

by follers on December 4, 2016

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Birth Name: Justice Elio Smith

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 9, 1995

*African-American (father)
*Italian, French-Canadian (mother)

Justice Smith is an American actor.

He is not related to entertainer Will Smith.

Photo by Debby Wong/


Haley Lu Richardson

by madman on November 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES - OCT 29:  Haley Lu Richardson at the "Edge of Seven

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Date of Birth: March 7, 1995

*English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, French, Welsh (father)
*possibly French-Canadian and other (mother)

Haley Lu Richardson is an American actress.

She is the daughter of Valerie M. (Valiquette), a marketing and branding professional, and Forrest Lee Richardson, a golf course architect. Her father has English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, French, and Welsh, ancestry. Her mother is possibly Canadian, and likely has French-Canadian ancestry.

Haley’s paternal grandfather was Lee Roy Richardson (the son of Roy C. Richardson and Ilene Belle Schaefer). Haley’s great-grandfather Roy was the son of Ford D. Richardson and Nettie J. Ilene was the daughter of Albert Schaefer, whose parents were German, and of Rebecca Wilmouth Boyd, whose father was from County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Haley’s paternal grandmother was Edna Morris Patterson (the daughter of Frank Leslie Patterson and Margaret May “Maggie” Harvey). Frank was the son of Harrison Patterson and Levina/Lovinah. Margaret was the daughter of Robert Rice Harvey and Edna Earl Morris.

Sources: Genealogy of Haley’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Haley’s paternal grandfather, Lee Roy Richardson (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Haley’s paternal grandmother, Edna Morris Patterson (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Haley’s paternal great-grandmother, Margaret May “Maggie” Harvey –

Genealogies of Haley’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Rosanna Annie McCoy –

Genealogy of Haley’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Huey Polly Walkup –

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Greg K.

by madman on October 18, 2016

Birth Name: Gregory David Kriesel

Place of Birth: Glendale, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 20, 1965

*German, Irish, English, Dutch (father)
*French-Canadian (mother)

Greg K. is an American musician and songwriter. He is the bass guitarist and backing vocalist of the punk rock band The Offspring. Other members of the band are Dexter Holland, Noodles, and Pete Parada.

Greg is the son of Donna Ann Marie (Lapointe) and David Eric Kriesel. His father has German, Irish, English, and Dutch, ancestry. His mother is of French-Canadian descent.

Greg’s paternal grandfather was Bernard Albert Kriesel (the son of Albert Bernard Kriesel and Helen McCarthy). Greg’s great-grandfather Albert was born in New York, to German parents, John Kriesel and Albertina Tetzlaff. Helen, and her parents, were born in New York, and were likely of Irish ancestry.

Greg’s paternal grandmother was Leona Madeline Miner (the daughter of Leon D. Miner and Laura Madeline Braisted). Leon was the son of Brownell “Brownie” W. Miner and Mary A. Vrooman/Vroman. Greg’s great-grandmother Laura was the daughter of George Washington Braisted and Mary Ann Summers, whose parents were Irish.

Greg’s maternal grandparents were Donald George Lapointe (the son of Wilfred Israel Lapointe and Mary Palmire Perreault) and Cecile Marie Begin (the daughter of Odias Begin and Lauza Jacques). Donald’s parents were Canadian. Odias was also Canadian. Lauza was born in Maine, to Canadian parents.

Sources: Marriage record of Greg’s parents –

Marriage record of Greg’s paternal grandparents, Bernard Albert Kriesel and Leona Madeline Miner –

Greg’s paternal grandfather, Bernard Albert Kriesel on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Greg’s paternal great-grandfather, Albert Bernard Kriesel, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Greg’s paternal great-grandfather, Leon D. Miner –

Genealogy of paternal Greg’s great-grandmother, Laura Madeline Braisted –

Greg’s paternal great-grandmother, Laura Madeline Braisted, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Laura Madeline Braisted on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Greg’s maternal grandfather, Donald George Lapointe, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Greg’s maternal grandmother, Cecile Marie Begin, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Greg’s maternal great-grandmother, Lauza Jacques, on the 1900 U.S. Census –