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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Mariella Frostrup

by stlucas on May 25, 2017

Birth Name: Laura Elizabeth Mariella Frostrup

Place of Birth: Oslo, Norway

Date of Birth: November 12, 1962

*Norwegian (father)
*Scottish (mother)

Mariella Frostrup is a Norwegian-British journalist and television presenter.

Mariella’s father was Norwegian. Mariella’s mother was Scottish. Mariella moved to to Kilmacanogue, County Wicklow, Ireland, with her family, at the age of seven, and to London, England, at the age of seventeen.


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Matt Czuchry

by bablah on May 22, 2017

Birth Name: Matthew Charles Czuchry

Place of Birth: Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 20, 1977

*Ukrainian, English, Czech, German, Scottish (father)
*English, Irish, Scottish (mother)

Matt Czuchry is an American actor. He is known for his roles on the series Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was John Czuchry (the son of Andrew Czuchry and Anna Babink).

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Capitola Orrinta Undine Zabka (the daughter of Elmer W. Zabka and Iva May Timmerman). Elmer was born in Nebraska, the son of Josef Zabka, who was Bohemian, and of Edith Elizabeth Wilburn. Iva was the daughter of Jessie P. Timmerman and Clara Morrow.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was John Fitzgerald Phelps (the son of Lewis Worthington Phelps and Helen Fitzgerald). Lewis was the son of Charles L. Phelps and Charlotte Mann. Helen was the daughter of John Fitzgerald, who was born in New York, to parents from Scotland, and of Helen M. Roberts.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Taylor (the daughter of Walter Taylor and Isabella/Isabel). Walter was born in Massachusetts, to English parents. Isabella was also born in Massachusetts, to a Canadian mother.

Sources: Marriage record of Matt’s paternal grandparents, John Czuchry and Capitola Orrinta Undine Zabka –

Matt’s paternal great-grandparents, Elmer W. Zabka and Iva May Timmerman, on the 1920 U.S. census –

Genealogy and obituary of Matt’s paternal great-grandfather, Elmer W. Zabka –

Matt’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Josef Zabka, on a passenger list –

Matt’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Josef Zabka, on the 1880 U.S. census –

Matt’s paternal great-grandmother, Iva May Timmerman, on the 1910 U.S. census –

Matt’s maternal grandfather, John Fitzgerald Phelps, on the 1930 U.S. census –

Matt’s maternal great-grandfather, Lewis Worthington Phelps, on the 1900 U.S. census –

Death record of Matt’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Charlotte (Mann) Phelps –

Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Fitzgerald, on the 1900 U.S. census –

Matt’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Helen M. Roberts, on the 1860 U.S. census –

Matt’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Taylor, on the 1930 U.S. census –

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Corbin Bernsen

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Birth Name: Corbin Dean Bernsen

Place of Birth: North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 7, 1954

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Scottish, distant Welsh (mother)

Corbin Bernsen is an American actor and director.

Corbin is the son of actress Jeanne Cooper (born Wilma Jeanne Cooper) and Harry Ike Bernsen, Jr., a producer. Corbin has a brother, Collin, and a sister, Caren. Corbin is married to English actress Amanda Pays.

Corbin’s father was Jewish. His surname was originally spelt “Bernstein”. Corbin’s mother had English, Irish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Scottish, and distant Welsh, ancestry. Corbin’s mother was said to have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Corbin is a practicing Christian.

Corbin’s paternal grandfather was Harry Ike Bernstein/Bernsen, Sr. (the son of Victor William Bernstein and Regina Summers/Sommer). Harry was born in Illinois, to parents from Germany.

Corbin’s paternal grandmother was Pearl Bloch/Block (the daughter of Emil Bloch/Block and Nettie Weinberg). Pearl was born in Ohio, to a father from France and a mother from Germany.

Corbin’s maternal grandfather was Albert Troy Cooper (the son of Carroll Allen Cooper and Sarah Malona “Lona” Smith). Carroll was the son of William Riley Cooper and Malinda Elvira Dawson. Sarah was the daughter of James Leroy Smith and Sarah “Sally” Robertson.

Corbin’s maternal grandmother was Sildeth Evelyn Moore (the daughter of Jesse Calvin Moore and Sildeth Evelyn McGuire). Jesse was the son of John Callaway Moore and Martha Evelyn/Eveline Patty. Corbin’s great-grandmother Sildeth was the daughter of John Jackson McGuire and Paulina Jane Anderson.

Sources: Birth record of Corbin Bernsen –

Obituary of Corbin’s father, Harry Bernsen, Jr. –

Marriage record of Corbin’s paternal grandparents, Harry Ike Bernstein/Bernsen and Pearl Bloch/Block –

Corbin’s paternal grandmother, Esther Bloch/Block, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Corbin Bernsen (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Corbin’s mother, Wilma Jeanne Cooper –

Birth record of Corbin’s mother, Wilma Jeanne Cooper –

Obituary of Corbin’s mother, Wilma Jeanne Cooper –

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Craig Parker

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Place of Birth: Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji

Date of Birth: November 12, 1970

Ethnicity: Scottish (grandfather), Welsh, Danish, English, Cornish

Craig Parker is a Fiji-born New Zealand actor.

Craig’s mother is named Robin. Craig has a brother, David, and a sister, Wendy. They were raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

One of Craig’s grandfather was from Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Fiji. Craig’s other roots are said to be Danish, Welsh, English, and Cornish.


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