Mary Hart

by bablah on November 6, 2017

Mary Hart – 8th Annual NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards – Arrivals – Fontainebleau Hotel – Miami Beach, FL, USA – Photo Credit: Steven Schnitzer / PR Photos

Birth Name: Mary Johanna Harum

Place of Birth: Madison, Lake County, South Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 8, 1950

Ethnicity: Norwegian, 1/8 Danish

Mary Hart is an American television personality. She was the host of the show Entertainment Tonight from 1982 to 2011.

Mary is married to producer Burt Sugarman, with whom she has a son. Mary is usually described as a convert to Judaism, Burt’s religion.

Mary’s paternal grandfather was Olaf/Olof S. Harum (the son of Lars Anders Larson Harum and Carrie O. Christopherson). Olaf’s parents were Norwegian. Lars was born in Bamble.

Mary’s paternal grandmother was Johanna/Joanna Bertina Ordal (the daughter of John/Johannes Bendik Johannesen Ordal and Andria/Andrea Katherine Samuelsdottir Erickstad). Johanna’s parents were Norwegian, from Jolster.

Mary’s maternal grandfather John Erickson. John was born near Stavanger, Norway.

Mary’s maternal grandmother was Ulda Jensen (the daughter of Christ/Christin Jensen and Sarah/Sarene). Ulda was born in South Dakota, to a Danish father and a Norwegian mother.

Sources: Mary’s father on 1930 U.S. Census –

Mary’s paternal grandfather, Olaf/Olof S. Harum, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Mary’s paternal grandmother, Johanna/Joanna Bertina Ordal, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death records of Mary’s maternal grandparents, John Erickson and Ulda Jensen –

Mary’s maternal grandmother, Ulda Jensen, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Ross Marquand

by stlucas on October 24, 2017

Birth Name: Ross W. Marquand

Place of Birth: Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 22, 1981

Ethnicity: Norwegian (paternal grandmother), English, German

Ross Marquand is an American film, stage, and television actor.

Ross is the son of Nancy (Wall) and Kermit Wayne Marquand.

Ross’ paternal grandfather was Manley/Manly M. Marquand (the son of Fred Marquand and Ida Mary Zellmer). Fred was the son of John Le/D. Marquand, who was Canadian and whose father was English, and of Mary Nelson, who was also Canadian. Ida’s parents were German.

Ross’ maternal grandmother was Gladys Alvilda Thompson (the daughter of Peter Thompson and Thea O. Everson). Peter was born in Norway, and was the son of Peder Torstensen/Thompson and Tolline Pedersdtr/Pedersdotter, who were from Gran, Oppland County. Thea was the daughter of Norwegian parents, Ever Everson and Anne Andersdtr/Andersdotter, who were also from Gran.

Ross’ maternal grandfather was Charles Wall.

Ross’ maternal grandmother was Mary A. Johnson (the daughter of Floyd Burdette Johnson and Mabel Shapland/Shopland). Floyd was the son of William Johnson and Sarah Butler. Mabel was the daughter of Simon Shopland, who was English, and of Christina T. Snook.

Sources: Obituary of Ross’ maternal grandmother –

Marriage record of Ross’ maternal great-grandparents, Floyd B. Johnson and Mabel A. Shapland/Shopland –

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Chip Johannessen

by stlucas on October 24, 2017

Chip Johannessen – 64th Annual Writers Guild of America West Coast Awards – Press Room – Hollywood Palladium – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: George Frederick Johannessen

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 16, 1955

*Norwegian (father)
*German (mother)

Chip Johannessen is an American writer, editor, and television producer.

Chip is the son of Doris Winifred (Woehrlin) and George Hans Johannessen. Chip is married to Virginia Stock, with whom he has a child.

Chip’s father was born in Harstad, Troms County, Norway, and moved to Michigan with his family at the age of two. Chip’s mother was born in New York, and had German ancestry.

Chip’s paternal grandparents were Elmer Johannessen/Johannesson and Emma.

Chip’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Richard Woehrlin (the son of John George Woehrlin and Elizabeth Boss). Frederick was born in New York, to parents from Baden and Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, respectively.

Chip’s maternal grandmother was Augusta Wilhelmina Voss (the daughter of William Voss and Madeline/Magdeline/Magdalena “Lena” Schmidt). Augusta was born in New York, to parents from Germany. William was the son of John Voss and Lena Busch.

Sources: Genealogy of Chip Johannessen (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Chip’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Chip’s father –

Obituary of Chip’s mother –

Birth record of Chip’s maternal grandmother –


Van Hansis

by stlucas on October 13, 2017

Birth Name: Evan Vanfossen Hansis

Place of Birth: North Adams, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1981

Ethnicity: German, English, Dutch, 1/8 Norwegian

Van Hansis is an American actor.

Van is the son of Roma Lee (Vanfossen) and Randall G. “Randy” Hansis. He was raised in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Van’s paternal grandfather was Charles Stanley “Chuck” Hansis, Jr. (the son of Charles Harry Hansis, Sr. and Amy Bjarlott Hanson/Hansen). Van’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Sebastian/Sabastian Hansis, who was German, and of Mary Esther Strock, whose father was German. Amy was the daughter of Norwegian parents, Sigword Hanson and Laura Thorp.

Van’s paternal grandmother was Jean Elizabeth Harbaugh (the daughter of George Oliver Harbaugh and Elizabeth Alice Ellison). George was the son of George Jacob Harbaugh and Mary Catherine Kretsinger. Elizabeth was the daughter of Johann Benjamin Ellison, who was German, and of Sophia Franziska Eppler.

Van’s maternal grandfather was Marion W. Vanfossen (the son of Robert Lee Vanfossen, Sr. and Eva Lucretia). Robert was the John Vanfossen and Jane.

Van’s maternal grandmother was Vida/Veda/Vita F. Moore (the daughter of Clarence H. Moore and Lelia/Leila G. Frost). Clarence was the son of Hugh T. Moore and Sarah Joanna Alward. Lelia was the daughter of Samuel N. Frost and Ida A. Kitzmiller.


Marriage record of Van’s parents –

Obituary of Van’s paternal grandmother –

Obituary of Van’s maternal grandfather –

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Michael Trucco

by stlucas on October 13, 2017

Birth Name: Edward Michael Trucco

Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 22, 1970

*Italian (father)
*Norwegian (mother)

Michael Trucco is an American actor. Michael is married to Swiss actress and model Sandra Hess.

Michael is the son of Bjorg (Hoff) and Edward Michael Trucco, Jr. Michael has stated that he has Italian and Norwegian ancestry.

Edward’s paternal grandfather was Edward Michael Trucco, Sr. (the son of Francisco/Frank Trucco and Louisa/Louise Cuneo). Francisco was Italian. Louisa’s parents were Italian, and her mother, Catherine/Catarine, was born in Genoa, Liguria.

Edward’s paternal grandmother was Zita M. Squellati (the daughter of Vergelio/Vergilio/Virgilio Squellati and Anna/Annie T. Fe). Zita was born in California, to Italian parents.

Sources: Birth record of Michael Trucco –

Marriage record of Michael’s parents –

Birth record of Michael’s father –

Genealogical information and death records of Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Vergelio/Vergilio/Virgilio Squellati and Anna/Annie T. Fe –

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