Shealah Craighead

by Manila on December 3, 2017

Birth Name: Shealah Deann Craighead

Place of Birth: Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 21, 1976

Ethnicity: Belgian Flemish, Dutch, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, 1/8th Paiute Native American, 1/32 Swiss-French, as well as remote Cornish, French, Norwegian, Swedish, and Swiss-German

Shealah Craighead is an American photographer. She been Chief Official White House Photographer, since January 20, 2017.

She is the daughter of Catherine “Cathy” I. (Craighead) Craighead-Lambert and folk musician Arvel Ellis Bird. Shealah, her mother, and her maternal grandmother are pictured here.

Shealah’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her eighth great-grandfather, Jeremiah Bird (died between April 19 and May 5, 1738, Elizabeth Township [now part of Elizabeth], New Jersey).

Shealah’s paternal grandfather was Earl Ellis Bird (the son of Ellis Bird and Alda Davis Housley). Shealah’s great-grandfather Ellis was the son of Charles Warner Bird and Celia Pernina White. Alda was the daughter of Joseph Benjamin Housley and Lydia Ann Davis.

Shealah’s paternal grandmother was LaVerna Shamp (the daughter of Thomas Ezra Shamp and Rhoda Carpenter). Thomas was the son of James Wesley Shamp and Mary Catherine Wehr. Rhoda belonged to the Shivwits Band of Paiutes, and was the biological daughter of Jack Bob Bee Queets and Tsuununk. After her biological parents’ deaths, she was adopted by William Hiram Carpenter and Marmora Sheffield.

Shealah’s maternal grandfather was Robert George Craighead (the son of Ralph Edward Craighead and Irene Clara Reed). Ralph was the son of Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Craighead and Anna Coon. Irene was the daughter of Franklin “Frank” Reed and Emma Ann Marie Voirol, whose parents, Augustin François Voirol and Marie Claire Marguerite Beuret, were Swiss-French emigrants, from Les Genevez, Jura.

Shealah’s maternal grandmother is Mary Catherine Hollie (the daughter of Aloysius Carl Hollie and Margaret Roach). Aloysius was the son of German immigrants, Carl Holle and Elizabeth Mary Rothermel. Margaret was the daughter of Richard Shelly Roach, whose was of Irish descent, and of Catherine Theresa Loner, who was of 3/4 German and 1/4 English descent.

Shealah’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her eighth great-grandmother, Regina Magdalena.

Sources: Biography of Shealah’s father –

Family history of Shealah’s paternal grandfather, Earl Ellis Bird –

Marriage records of Shealah’s paternal great-grandparents, Ellis Bird and Alda Davis Housley –

Death record of Shealah’s paternal great-grandfather, Ellis Bird –

Obituary of Shealah’s paternal grandmother, LaVerna (Shamp) Bird Carroll –

Death record of Shealah’s paternal great-grandfather, Thomas Ezra Shamp –

Biography of Shealah’s paternal great-grandmother, Rhoda (Carpenter) Johnston –

Marriage record of Shealah’s maternal grandparents, Robert George Craighead and Mary Catherine Hollie –

Obituary of Shealah’s maternal grandfather, Robert George Craighead –

Marriage record of Shealah’s maternal great-grandparents, Ralph Edward Craighead and Irene Clara Reed –

Marriage record of Shealah’s maternal great-grandparents, Aloysius Carl Hollie and Margaret Roach –


Mariee Sioux

by bablah on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Marie Sioux Sobonya

Place of Birth: Humboldt, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1985

*Hungarian, Polish, Croatian (father)
*Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous], Paiute Native American (mother)

Mariee Sioux is an American folk singer and songwriter.

Mariee’s paternal grandfather likely was Paul Joseph Sobonya (the son of Steve Sobonya and Elizabeth Muska). Paul’s parents were Hungarian.

Mariee’s paternal grandmother is Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich (the daughter of Izidor/John Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić and Wiktoria/Victoria Money/Pieniadz). Izidor was from Bednja, Yugoslavia, and was of Croatian ancestry; he was the son of Franjo Bistrović-Pić and Jana Češnjaj. Wiktoria was Polish, from Januszkowice, Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

Mariee’s maternal grandparents are Lauro Enrigue “Henry” Holguin and Carolina B. Salazar (the daughter of Tiburcio Salazar and Josephine Leiva). Tiburcio was the son of Pedro Salazar and Elena Marquez. Josephine was the daughter of Robert Roque Leiva and Maria Elena Martinez.

Sources: Mariee’s paternal grandmother, Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Baptism record of Mariee’s paternal great-grandfather, Izidor/John Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić –

Birth record of Mariee’s maternal grandfather, Lauro Enrigue “Henry” Holguin –

Birth record of Mariee’s maternal grandmother, Carolina B. Salazar –

Mariee’s maternal great-grandfather, Tiburcio Salazar, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Mariee’s maternal great-grandfather, Tiburcio Salazar –

Mariee’s maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Leiva, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Mariee’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Roque Leiva, on the 1880 U.S. Census –