Nile Rodgers

by Manila on April 17, 2016

LOS ANGELES - FEB 22:  Nile Rodgers at the Elton John Oscar Part

Birth Name: Nile Gregory Rodgers

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

Date of Birth: September 19, 1952

Ethnicity: African-American, 1/4 Afro-Bahamian, 1/16 Iroquois Native American, 1/32 Irish, possibly distant English

Nile Rodgers is an American musician and producer. He is known as the lead guitarist of Chic. He is the son of Beverly Ann (Goodman) Glanzrock and Nile Rodgers, Sr.

Nile’s paternal grandparents were Leroy Rodgers (the son of Eugene Rodgers and Pauline Shorter) and Lenora “Nora” Clare. Leonora’s parents were Afro-Bahamian immigrants.

Nile’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Lee “Fred” Gooden (later Goodman, the son of Cleveland Gooden, later Goodman, and of Annie Lee Dennard). Cleveland was the son of George Gooden and Canniss. Annie was the daughter of Sandy Dennard and Ida Huoy.

Nile’s maternal grandmother was Alice Clarice “Goodie” Mickens (the daughter of Percy Stanley Mickens and Mabel Ethel Randall). Percy was the son of Abraham Lincoln “Abe” Mickens, who was African-American, and of Wicke, who was Iroquois Native American. Mabel was the daughter of Lee Randall and Mary Ellen Nicholas. Mary Nicholas was the daughter of Dr. Gough, who was a doctor and slave owner, and of Irish descent, and of Caroline, who was black/mixed-race.

Sources: Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny, by Nile Rodgers

Nile’s father, Nile Rodgers, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Nile’s paternal grandfather, Leroy Rodgers, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Nile’s paternal grandmother, Lenora Clare, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Nile’s mother, Beverly Ann Goodman, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Nile’s maternal grandfather, Frederick Lee Gooden, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Nile’s maternal great-grandfather, Cleveland Gooden, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Nile’s maternal great-grandmother, Annie Lee Dennard, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Kay Starr

by madman on April 2, 2016

Birth Name: Katherine Laverne Starks

Date of Birth: July 21, 1922

Place of Birth: Dougherty, Oklahoma, United States

Date of Death: November 3, 2016

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California

*Iroquois Native American (father)
*Irish, Choctaw Native American (mother)

Kay Starr was an American singer. She was a well known pop and jazz singer in the ’40s and ’50s.

Kay was the daughter of Annie Mae (Coll) and Harry/Henry (Asa, according to some sources) Starks.

Various claims have been made about Kay’s ancestry. Some sources state that her father was a “full-blooded Iroquois Indian” (sometimes born on a reservation). About her mother, it has been said that her ancestry was either fully Native American (often Choctaw, Cherokee, or both), Irish, or mixed Irish and Native American. Kay’s maternal grandfather was Irish. Other than that, it is not clear if any of these claims are true. Kay’s parents were both listed as “White” on the 1930 census.

In this clip, Kay appeared to confirm the interviewer’s breakdown of her ethnicity: “You are a Cherokee Indian, actually you’re not quite a Cherokee Indian because your father was Iroquois, (and) your mother was half Choctaw.”

Kay was most likely of at least part Native American descent, but to what degree is not clear.

Kay’s maternal grandparents were Edward D. Coll and Matilda Deel (who was likely the daughter of Robert C. Deal and Nancy T. Griffin). Edward was born in Ireland. Matilda was born in Texas.

Sources: Kay Starr on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kay Starr (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Kay’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Joey Belladonna

by madman on March 25, 2016

Joey Belladonna plays solo at the Pearl Room

Birth Name: Joseph Anthony Bellardini

Place of Birth: Oswego, New York, United States

Date of Birth: October 13, 1960

*Italian (father)
*English, Irish, Scottish, remote Dutch, possibly Iroquois Native American (mother)

Joey Belladonna is an American singer and musician. He is the singer of the thrash metal band Anthrax, and the singer and drummer of the band Chief Big Way.

Joey is the son of Jean M. (Hutchinson) and Joseph Bellardini. He has Italian ancestry from his father, and English, Irish, Scottish, and remote Dutch, ancestry from his mother.

Joey has said:

My mother is Iroquois. I don’t really follow anything, but I am very sentimental about it. I am always very happy to see someone showing interest in this important part of my life.

When asked if it is true that he is Native American, Joey said:

Yeah that is true, my mum is part Indian American, from the Canadian side of it, but I never talk to my mum about it. The rest of me is Italian American. I think it is really neat to be honest.

It is not clear if this Iroquois Native American ancestry have been documented/verified. All of Joey’s maternal great-grandparents are listed as “White” or “English” on the U.S. and Canada censuses.

Joey’s paternal grandparents were Antonio Bellardini (the son of Joseph Bellardini and Louise) and Alvena Angelina (the daughter of James Angelina and Helena Polga/Poliga/Polica). Antonio was born in Italy. James and Helena were Italian immigrants.

Joey’s maternal grandparents were William Murel Hutchinson (the son of John W. Hutchison and Cora Bell Wolf/Wolfe/Woolf) and Myrtle/Murtle Bell/Belle Root (the daughter of Hulbert Horace Root and Margaret “Maggie” Shipman). Joey’s grandmother Myrtle/Murtle was Canadian.

Sources: Joey’s father, Joseph Bellardini, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Joey’s father, Joseph “Joey” Bellardini –

Marriage record of Joey’s paternal grandparents, Antonio Bellardini and Alvena Angelina –

Joey’s paternal great-grandparents, James Angelina and Helena Polga/Poliga/Polica, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Joey’s mother, Jean M. Hutchinson, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Joey’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Joey’s mother, Jean M. (Hutchinson) Bellardini –

Obituary of Joey’s aunt (mother’s sister), Mary Alice (Hutchinson) Kielb –

Marriage record of Joey’s maternal grandparents, William Murel Hutchinson and Myrtle/Murtle Bell/Belle Root –

Genealogy of Joey’s maternal grandfather, William Murel Hutchinson –

Joey’s maternal grandfather, William Murel Hutchinson, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Joey’s maternal great-grandmother, Cora Bell Wolf/Wolfe/Woolf, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Joey’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William Wolfe and Albertine, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Joey’s maternal grandmother, Myrtle/Murtle Bell/Belle Root –

Birth certificates of Joey’s maternal grandmother, Myrtle/Murtle Bell/Belle Root –

Joey’s maternal grandmother, Myrtle/Murtle Bell/Belle Root, on the 1901 Canada Census –

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Jewel Staite

by Marc 2 on December 30, 2013

2008 Comic Con International Sci-Fi/Entertainment Weekly Party - Arrivals

Birth Name: Jewel Belair Staite

Place of Birth: White Rock. British Columbia. Canada

Date of Birth: 2 June 1982

Eye Color: Green

Hair Type/Color: Virtually black

Ethnicity: French Canadian, English, Irish, Iroquois Native

Family info:She is the youngest child of her parents and 6 siblings. After sometime, her family moved to Maui where she stayed until she reached the age of four.


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Bill de Blasio

by andrew on November 6, 2013

2013 National Puerto Rican Day Parade

Birth Name: Warren Wilhelm, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: May 8, 1961

*German, English, French-Canadian, French, Welsh, distant Irish, Belgian/Walloon, Swiss-German, and Dutch, possibly 1/512 Iroquois Indigenous Canadian (father)
*Italian (mother)

Bill de Blasio is an American politician. A Democrat, he has served as Mayor of New York City, since January 1, 2014. He was previously the 3rd Public Advocate of New York City, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013.

Bill’s father, Warren Wilhelm, a veteran, had German, English, French-Canadian, French, Welsh, and distant Irish, Belgian (Walloon), Swiss-German, Dutch, and possibly 1/512 Iroquois Indigenous Canadian, ancestry. Bill’s mother, Maria/Mary Angela (de Blasio), was of Italian descent. Bill was brought up by his mother’s family.

Bill is married to activist and poet Chirlane McCray, who is African-American. The couple has two children. Bill is fluent in Italian.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was Donald/Donaldson George Wilhelm (the son of John Ricart Wilhelm and Agnes May Marantette/Marentette). Donald was born in Ohio. John was of German descent, the son of Adam Wilhelm and Mary Ann Ricart/Rikart. Agnes was of French-Canadian ancestry, the daughter of Patrick Godet dit Marentette, from Assumption, Essex, Ontario, Canada, and of Françoise/Frances Mouton.

Bill’s paternal grandmother was Nina May Warren (the daughter of Solomon Sangston Warren and Emma Jane Prettyman). Nina was born in Iowa. Solomon was the son of WIlliam H. Warren and Helen Lutz. Emma was the daughter of Lewis Wyatt Prettyman and Hannah Rebecca Kintigh.

Bill’s maternal grandfather was Giovanni “John” de Blasio (the son of Simone de Blasio). Giovanni was born in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was Anna Briganti (the daughter of Innocenzo Briganti and Maria Schiavone). Anna was born in Grassano, province of Matera, Italy.

Sources: Genealogy of Bill de Blasio –

Genealogy of Bill’s paternal grandfather, Donald/Donaldson George Wilhelm (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Bill’s paternal great-grandfather, John Ricart Wilhelm (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Death records of Bill’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Lewis Wyatt Prettyman and Hannah Rebecca Kintigh –

Bill’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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