Bud Abbott

by follers on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: William Alexander Abbott

Date of Birth: October 2, 1897

Place of Birth: Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: April 24, 1974

Place of Death: Woodland Hills, California, U.S.

*English, possibly Welsh, and other (father)
*German [likely German Jewish] (mother)

Bud Abbott was an American actor, producer, and comedian. He was straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.

His parents were Rae/Ray (Fisher) and Harry/Henry Wilburn/C. Abbott. They worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Bud’s father had English, and likely Welsh, and other, ancestry. Bud’s mother was born in Maryland, the daughter of German immigrants, who were likely Jewish.

Bud’s paternal grandfather was Charles William Abbott (who likely was the son of John G. Abbott and Nancy Agnes Allen). John was the son of Nathan G. Abbott, who was English, and of Anna Johanna Gibson.

Bud’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca Williams.

Bud’s maternal grandparents were Alexander/Aleck Fisher and Frederica/Rebecca/Reyka Buxbaum.

Sources: Genealogies of Bud Abbott –

Marriage record of Bud’s parents –

Bud’s mother on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Nancy Juvonen

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Place of Birth: Marin, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 18, 1967

Ethnicity: Finnish (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Nancy Juvonen is an American film producer.

Nancy is married to television host Jimmy Fallon. Nancy is also known for being the owner of production company Flower Films, alongside Drew Barrymore.

Nancy is the daughter of Pamela R. (Newell) and William Harwood Juvonen. Nancy has a brother, James.

Nancy’s paternal grandfather was Aaro William Juvonen (the son of William Juvonen and Ida Hyvonen). Aaro was born in California, to Finnish parents.

Nancy’s paternal grandmother was Laura Catherine Harwood (the daughter of Ben B. Harwood and Harriet E. Gates).

Nancy’s maternal grandfather was ? Newell (the son of Rufus Ingalls Newell and Janet Wilson). Rufus was the son of Eugene Newell and Lucy Bacon. Janet was the daughter of Charles R. Wilson, who was from Canada.

Nancy’s maternal grandmother was Barbara Buell Welts (the daughter of Robert Victor Welts and Persis Buell). Robert was the son of Richard Opdyke Welts and Edith Peck, who was from Canada. Persis was the daughter of Fred J. Buell and Carrie May Reel/Reil, whose father, Theodore Reil, was German, and whose mother, Martha Maria Bradshaw, had Northern Irish roots (from County Down).

Sources: Marriage record of Nancy’s parents, William Harwood Juvonen and Pamela R. Newell –

Birth record of Nancy’s father, William Harwood Juvonen –

Marriage record of Nancy’s paternal grandparents, Aaro William Juvonen and Laura Catherine Harwood –

Genealogy of Nancy Juvonen (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Information about the Bradshaw family –

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Burr Steers

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: Burr Gore Steers

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: October 8, 1965

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, German

Burr Steers is an American actor, screenwriter, and director.

Burr is the son of socialite Nina Gore (Auchincloss) and politician Newton Ivan Steers, Jr. His father was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland, from 1977 to 1979. His mother was a cousin of laywer/novelist Louis Auchincloss, a step-sister of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and a half-sister of writer Gore Vidal.

Burr’s paternal grandfather was Newton Ivan Steers, Sr. (the son of William Colyer Steers and Margaret R. Gault). Newton was born in New York, to a father from New York and a mother from Canada, whose own parents were Irish. William was the son of Thos E. Steers and Margaret Calhoun. Margaret was the daughter of Alex Gault and Elizabeth Campbell.

Burr’s paternal grandmother was Claire Louise Herder (the daughter of Peter Herder and Charlotte Maria Butler). Claire was born in New York, to a father from Germany and a mother from Ireland.

Burr’s maternal grandfather was Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. (the son of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Sr., and Emma Brewster Jennings). Burr’s great-grandfather Hugh was the son of John L. Auchincloss and Elizabeth Buck; John was born in New York, to a father from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, Hugh Auchincloss, and a mother from Pennsylvania, Ann Anthony Stuart. Burr’s great-grandmother Emma was the daughter of Oliver Burr Jennings, a businessperson, who was one of the original stockholders in Standard Oil, and of Esther Judson Goodsell.

Burr’s maternal grandmother was Nina S. Gore (the daughter of Thomas Pryor Gore and Nina Belle Kay). Thomas was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, from 1907 to 1921, and again from 1931 to 1937. Thomas was the son of Thomas/Tom Madison Gore and Caroline/Carrie Elizabeth Wingo. Burr’s great-grandmother Nina was the daughter of John Thomas Kay and Marcella/Macilla McLaughlin.

Burr’s maternal “Gore” line can be traced back to James Gore, who was born, c. 1662, in Wales.

Sources: Genealogy of Burr Steers –

Marriage record of Burr’s paternal great-grandparents, William Colyer Steers and Margaret R. Gault –

Burr’s paternal great-grandmother, Margaret R. Gault, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Burr’s paternal grandmother, Claire Louise Herder, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Burr Steers (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Burr’s maternal grandparents, Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. and Nina S. Gore –

Burr’s maternal great-grandmother, Nina Belle Kay, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Burr’s maternal great-grandmother, Nina Belle Kay (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Mary-Kate Olsen

by follers on May 25, 2017

Place of Birth: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 13, 1986

Ethnicity: Norwegian, English, German, 1/8th Italian, distant French

Mary-Kate Olsen is an American actress, businessperson, fashion designer, producer, author, and equestrian.

She is the daughter of Jarnette “Jarnie” (Jones) and David “Dave” Olsen. Actresses Ashley Olsen (Ashley Fuller Olsen) and Elizabeth Olsen (Elizabeth Chase Olsen) are her sisters. Mary-Kate and Ashley, who are twins, have appeared in television and films since infancy. Since then, they have appeared in television programs, films, interviews, as well as commercial endorsements. Although they are virtually identical in appearance, they are genetically different fraternal twins.

Mary-Kate is married to French banker Olivier Sarkozy. Olivier is the half-brother of French President Nicholas Sarkozy.

Mary-Kate’s maternal grandfather was likely Daniel David Jones (the son of Daniel De Jarnette/Dejarnette Jones and Rose Marie Sisto). Mary-Kate’s likely great-grandfather Daniel was the son of Daniel De Jarnette/Dejarnette Jones and Augusta Sophia Manshardt, who was born in Ohio, to German parents. Rose was born in California, to Italian parents, Donato F. Maria Sisto, Sr., who was born in Ruvo del Monte, Provincia di Potenza, Basilicata, and Celeste Lucia Rubino, who was also born in Potenza.

Mary-Kate’s maternal grandmother is Mary R. Fuller.

Sources: Genealogy of Mary-Kate Olsen (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Likely Mary-Kate’s maternal great-grandfather, Daniel De Jarnette/Dejarnette Jones, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Likely Mary-Kate’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Marie Sisto, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Debby Wong /

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Cal Ripken, Jr.

by bearboy on May 24, 2017

Birth Name: Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr.

Place of Birth: Havre de Grace, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1960

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, possibly other

Cal Ripken, Jr. is an American former baseball shortstop. He was a third baseman, and played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles.

Cal is the son of Violet and Cal Ripken, Sr.

Cal’s paternal grandfather was Arend Fredrick Ripken (the son of Peter Friedrich/Frederick Ludwig Ripken and Affena Lubina Wychgram). Peter was the son of Johann Friedrich Ripken and Anna Margrete Mueller. Affena was the daughter of Arend Wychgram and Rena Beredina Berends.

Cal’s paternal grandmother was Clara Amelia Oliver (the daughter of James Oliver and Mary Magdalena Stumpter). James was the son of William Oliver and Sarah McCoy. Mary Magdalena was the daughter of John Jacob Stumpter and Katherine Burkley.

Source: Genealogy of Cal Ripken, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

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