Stephanie Gatschet

by stlucas on December 9, 2017

Stephanie Gatschet – Cure in the Canyons IV for Breast Cancer Research – Arrivals – 13100 Mulholland Drive – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Tatiana Beller / PR Photos

Birth Name: Stephanie Lucile Gatschet

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 16, 1983

Ethnicity: Swiss-German, German, English, possibly French

Stephanie Gatschet is an American actress.

Stephanie is the daughter of Nancy (Kohlhas) and Steven C. “Steve” Gatschet. She has a brother, Andrew. Stephanie’s father’s surname is Swiss-German. Stephanie’s mother has German, English, and possibly French roots.

Stephanie’s maternal grandfather was David M. Kohlhas (the son of Albert Posey Kohlhas and Elizabeth Davis “Eliza” Milliette). Albert was possibly the son of Albert Kohlhaas and Catherine, who were German. Elizabeth was the daughter of Sylvanus J. Milliette and Anna/Annie C. Rogers/Rodgers.

Stephanie’s maternal grandmother was Dolores Meder (the daughter of Henry J. Meder and Elsie Wagner). Henry was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Germany, Jacob Meder and Louise/Luise. Elsie was also born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Germany.

Sources: Obituary of Stephanie’s uncle (mother’s brother), Jeffrey Meder Kohlhas –

Obituary of Stephanie’s maternal grandmother, Dolores (Meder) Kohlhas –


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 –


Chris Rene

by stlucas on December 3, 2017

 Chris Rene – “Jack and Jill” World Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Westwood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Christopher Noel Maurice René

Place of Birth: Santa Cruz, Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 25, 1982

*Louisiana Creole [African, French, German, Swiss-German, possibly other] (father)
*German, Swiss-German, English (mother)

Chris Rene is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is known for being a contestant on the first season of The X Factor USA.

Chris is the son of Joan G. (Sampson) and musician Rafael/Raphael Leon “Googie” René. His siblings are Mike, Gabriel, and Gina.

Chris’ father, who had been described as a Louisiana Creole, was of African-American, French, German, and Swiss-German descent. He was also said to have had Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Chris’ mother is pictured here. She has German, Swiss-German, and English ancestry.

Chris has stated:

Fun facts… about my heritage, which is Creole – that’s black and French. And German, Indian, Swiss. Not everybody knows that about me.

Chris has two children.

Chris’ paternal grandfather was music composer Leon T. René (the son of Otis Joseph René and Lelia Baumann). Otis was the son of Joseph René and Mary Caroline Plaisance/Pleasant. Lelia was the daughter of James Connor Baumann, whose parents were from Switzerland and Germany, and of Matilda/Madilda Johnson, who was listed as “Black” on the 1880 U.S. Census.

Chris’ paternal grandmother was Irma J. Jahncke (the daughter of Solomon Z. Thomas and Jennie). Irma was also from Louisiana. She was listed as “Mulatto” on the 1910 U.S. Census.

Chris’ maternal grandfather was Maurice Bradley Sampson (the son of Maurice/Morris B. Sampson and Annabel Bradley). Chris’ great-grandfather Maurice was the son of Henry J. Sampson and Josephine Barr. Annabel was the daughter of Watson Bradley and Eliza Lanker.

Chris’ maternal grandmother was Lois Bernice Schini (the daughter of Jacob Jay Schini and Edith Ellen Grayburn). Jacob was the son of Jacob Schini, whose parents were from Alsace-Lorraine, and of Elizabeth Schueller/Schneller, whose parents were from Felsberg, Switzerland. Edith was the daughter of Charles Frederick Grayburn and Praxcy Ann Garlick.

Sources: Genealogy of Chris Rene –

Birth record of Chris Rene –

Marriage record of Chris’ parents –

Chris’ mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Chris’ maternal grandmother, Lois Bernice Schini –

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Jennifer Landon

by madman on November 28, 2017

Jennifer Landon – 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Kodak Theater – Hollywood, CA – Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jennifer Rachel Landon

Place of Birth: Malibu, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 29, 1983

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), Italian (great-grandfather), English, Irish, small amounts of German, Swiss-German, and Scottish

Jennifer Landon is an American actress. She is the daughter of Cindy Kim (Clerico) and actor Michael Landon (Eugene Maurice Orowitz).

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was Eli Maurice Orowitz (the son of Moses/Moshe/Joseph Orowitz/Orovitz and Bessie/Pessel Rosenfeld Solositzky/Solisitsky). Moses and Bessie were Russian Jewish immigrants. Moses was the son of Mordecai Horowitz and Channah. Bessie was the daughter of Lazarus/Eliezar Solositzky/Solisitsky and Eva.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Kathleen “Peggy” Ignatius O’Neill (the daughter of William Joseph O’Neill and Mary “Muddy”). William was born in Ireland. Mary was born in England, to an Irish father and a mother who was either English or Irish.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Richard Clerico (the son of Albert Clerico and Screlda Jane Jolley). Albert was the son of Italian parents, Batista Giovan Clerico and Gabriella Quaranta. Screlda had English, and some German, Swiss-German, and Scottish, ancestry, and was the daughter of Alma Franklin Jolley and Eldora Hutchings.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was named Marilyn Parleen Jones.

Sources: Genealogies of Jennifer Landon (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Jennifer’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Richard Clerico (through Richard’s sister, Barbara Clerico Koncher) –

Obituary of Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Richard Clerico –

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, Kathleen “Peggy” Ignatius O’Neill, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Kathleen “Peggy” Ignatius O’Neill on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Richard Russell, Jr.

by follers on November 26, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Brevard Russell, Jr.

Date of Birth: November 2, 1897

Place of Birth: Winder, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Death: January 21, 1971

Place of Death: Washington D.C., U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Swiss-German and French Huguenot

Richard Russell Jr. was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a Member of the Georgia House of Representatives, from 1921 to 1931, Governor of Georgia, from June 27, 1931 to January 10, 1933, a U.S. Senator from Georgia, from January 12, 1933 to January 21, 1971, and President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, from January 3, 1969 to January 21, 1971, his death.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1948 and 1952.

Richard was the son of Ina (Dillard) and Richard Brevard Russell. His father was a prominent lawyer, and chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was William John Russell (the son of Edward William Russell and Susan Sarah Way). Susan’s mother’s maiden name was Hines.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca Harriet Brumby (the daughter of Richard Trapier Brumby and Mary Martha Isabelle Brevard). Richard’s great-grandfather Richard Brumby was the son of Thomas Brumby and Susannah Greening. Mary Martha was the daughter of Captain Alexander McWhorter Brevard and Rebecca Davidson.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Fielding Dillard (the son of Fielding Dillard). Richard’s great-grandfather Fielding was the son of Thomas Dillard.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was America Frances Chaffin (the daughter of Lemuel Chaffin and Elizabeth Tharpe Maine).

Source: Genealogy of Richard Russell, Jr. –