Matt Piedmont

by stlucas on January 22, 2018

Matt Piedmont – “Casa de mi Padre” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Matthew Christopher Piedmont

Place of Birth: Walnut Creek, Contra Costa, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 26, 1970

*English, Irish, French, Norwegian (mother)

Matt Piedmont is an American film director and writer.

Matt is the son of Karen Marie (Olson) and Joseph Rich “Joe” Piedmont. Matt is married to Jill Cargerman.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Alfred H. “Bud” Olson (the son of Alfred Helmer Olson and Agnes Avelsgaard). Matt’s great-grandfather Alfred was the son of Gilbert Olson, who was Norwegian, and of Mary Elizabeth Kinney. Agnes was the daughter of Ole Avelsgaard, who was Norwegian, and of Regnild Mehus, whose parents were Norwegian.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Margie Louise Capps (the daughter of William Louis Capps and Beatrice Mary Baker). William was the son of Walter Douglas Capps and Edith Clair De Coudres.

Sources: Birth record of Matt Piedmont –

Obituary of Matt’s maternal grandfather, Alfred H. “Bud” Olson –


Leslie Stefanson

by madman on January 22, 2018

James Spader and Leslie Stefanson – Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Dolby Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Birth Name: Leslie Ann Stefanson

Place of Birth: Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 10, 1971

*Icelandic (father)
*Norwegian (mother)

Leslie Stefanson is an American model, actress, and artist. She is the daughter of Corinne Laverna/Luverna (Kvamme) and Randolph E. Stefanson. Leslie has a son with her partner, actor James Spader.

Leslie’s paternal grandfather was Skuli Stefanson (the son of Sigurgeir “Sivert” Stefanson and Sigurros Gudmundsdottir). Sigurgeir and Sigurros were Icelanic immigrants.

Leslie’s paternal grandmother was Ephemia Elfridur May “Effie” Einarson (the daughter of Freeman Julius Einarson and Hallfridur “Freda” Snowfield). Freeman and Hallfridur were born in North Dakota, both of them to Icelandic parents.

Leslie’s maternal grandfather was Bertram Sidney “Bert” Kvamme (the son of Adolph Christian Kvamme and Bessie Andrine Noss). Adolph was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, from Innvik, Bendt Anderson/Andersen Kvamme and Sigrid Petersdatter Eide. Bessie was born in North Dakota, likely of Norwegian descent.

Leslie’s maternal grandmother was Eleanor/Eleanore Olive Klev/Kleve (the daughter of Knut K. Klev and Christine Buran). Knut was born in Rollag, Norway. Christine was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents.

Sources: Obituary of Leslie’s paternal grandfather, Skuli Stefanson –

Obituary of Leslie’s maternal grandmother, Eleanor/Eleanore Olive Klev/Kleve –

Obituary of Leslie’s aunt, Lillian Bernice Ellegard –

Leslie’s paternal grandmother, Ephemia Elfridur May “Effie” Einarson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Leslie’s father, Randolph E. Stefanson (through his brother, Skuli Stefanson) –

Genealogies of Leslie’s maternal grandfather, Bertram Sidney “Bert” Kvamme –

Genealogies of Leslie’s maternal grandmother, Eleanor/Eleanore Olive Klev/Kleve –


Russell M. Nelson

by Manila on January 17, 2018

Birth Name: Russell Marion Nelson

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 9, 1924

*37.5% Norwegian
*25% Danish
*21.875% English
*12.5% Swedish
*3.125% Cornish

Russell M. Nelson is an American religious leader. He has served as the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, since January 14, 2018. He also had served as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, from July 3, 2015 to January 14, 2018; and as the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, from April 7, 1984 to January 14, 2018.

His father, Marion Clavar Nelson, was an advertising manager, from Manti, Utah. His mother, Floss Edna (Anderson), was born in Ephraim, Utah.

Russell is married to professor Wendy Lee Watson. He was previously married to Dantzel White, until her death, with whom he has ten children.

Russell’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, Christen Madsen (died December 22, 1753, Store Brøndum).

Russell’s paternal grandfather was Andrew Clarence Nelson (the son of Mads Peter Nielsen, later Nelson, and of Margaretta “Margaret” Christensen). Mads was a Danish emigrant, from Store Brøndum, Ålborg, and was the son of Niels Christensen and Bodil Pedersdatter. Margaretta was also a Danish emigrant, from Gørding, Ribe, and was the daughter of Christen Hansen and Kiersten Nielsdatter.

Russell’s paternal grandmother was Amanda Jensen (the daughter of Johan Andreas Jensen and Petra Andrine Amundsdatter Noklebye). Amanda was a Norwegian emigrant, from Oslo. Johan was the son of Jens Iversen and Ingeborg Sophia Nielsdatter. Petra was the daughter of Amund Pedersen Borredalen and Oliana Hansdatter Heja.

Russell’s maternal grandfather was Andrew Charles Anderson (the son of Niels Andersson and Ingeborg Poulsdatter Reinsfjeld). Niels was a Swedish emigrant, from Lund, Malmöhus (now Skåne), and was the son of Anders Paul Jönsson and Elna Andersdotter. Ingeborg was a Norwegian emigrant, from Dypvåg (now part of Tvedestrand), Aust-Agder, and was the daughter of Paul Jensen Reinsfjeld and Siri Olsdatter Gangdalen.

Russell’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Williams (the daughter of Stephen Williams and Emma Jane Hillard). Stephen was an English emigrant, from Hartland, Devon, and was the son of Thomas Williams, whose own mother, Elizabeth Cleverdon, was Cornish, from Kilkhampton, Cornwall, and of Sarah Elliot. Emma was also an English emigrant, from Ditcheat, Somerset, and was the daughter of Andrew Hillard and Mary Higgins.

Russell’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandmother, Rose Pester.

Sources: Genealogy of Russell’s father –

Genealogy of Russell’s mother –


Fátima Ptacek

by stlucas on January 14, 2018

Fatima Ptacek – 28th Annual A Time for Heroes Family Festival Benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation – Arrivals – Smashbox Studios, 8549 Higuera Street – Culver City, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: María de Fátima Ptacek Espinoza

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

Date of Birth: August 20, 2000

*Czech, Norwegian, Irish (father)
*Ecuadorian (mother)

Fátima Ptacek is an American film and television actress and human rights activist.

Fátima is the daughter of Lucia Espinoza and John “Jack” Ptacek. Fátima’s father is American, and is said to have Czech, Norwegian, and Irish ancestry. Fátima’s mother is from Azogues, Ecuador.

Fátima’s paternal grandfather was Joseph M. Ptacek, the son of Joseph V. Ptacek and Thelma Hansen.

Fátima’s paternal grandmother was Theresa McEntee (the daughter of Edward McEntee and Theresa McCormel). Fátima’s great-grandparents Edward and Theresa were born in Ireland. Edward was the son of John McEntee and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Markey. Theresa was the daughter of James McCormel and Anne McEntee.

Fátima’s maternal grandmother is named Angelina.


Marriage record of Fátima’s paternal grandparents, Joseph M. Ptacek and Theresa McEntee –

Obituary of Fátima’s paternal grandfather, Joseph M. Ptacek –

Obituary of Fátima’s paternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), John J. McEntee –


Kyle Secor

by stlucas on January 14, 2018

Birth Name: Kyle Ivan Secor

Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 31, 1957

Ethnicity: English, Irish, French, Norwegian, possibly Dutch

Kyle Secor is an American television and film actor.

Kyle is the son of Shirley Avis (Waite) and James Walter “Jim” Secor. Kyle is married to actress Kari Coleman, with whom he has two children.

Kyle’s paternal grandfather was Lorenzo W. Secor (the son of William Jackson Secor and Harriet/Hattie May McNeal/McNeil). William was the son of John J. Secor and Alice C. Ray. Harriet was the daughter of Montreville E. McNeil and Catherine Fitzgerald.

Kyle’s paternal grandmother was Arvilla Willsher (the daughter of William Henry/Harry Willsher and Ann/Annie Hall). Arvilla was born in Essex, Ontario, Canada. William and Ann were born in Canada, to parents from England.

Kyle’s maternal grandfather was Ivan Waite (the son of Philo M. Waite and Hattie L. Drown). Philo was the son of Martin Waite and Jane Vanockner. Hattie was the daughter of Roswell D. Drown and Dianna Smith.

Kyle’s maternal grandmother was Hilda Theoline Lokken. Hilda had Norwegian ancestry.

Sources: Obituary and Genealogy of Kyle’s father –

Obituary of Kyle’s mother –

Obituary of Kyle’s uncle (mother’s brother), Wayne Archie Waite –

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