Zach Helm

by stlucas on July 10, 2018

Zach Helm – “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” New York City Premiere – Outside Arrivals – DGA Theatre – New York, NY, USA – Keywords: – – – Photo Credit: Anthony G. Moore / PR Photos

Birth Name: Zachary Emile Helm

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 21, 1975

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Dutch, 1/16th Swiss-French

Zach Helm is an American screenwriter, director, and producer.

Zach is the son of Brenda K. (Merillat) and Thomas Bradford “Tom” Helm. He is married to musician and songwriter Michelle Featherstone, with whom he has a daughter.

Zach’s paternal grandparents were surnamed Helm and Carson.

Zach’s maternal grandfather was Donald Duane “Don” Merillat (the son of David D. Merillat and Irma G. Smith). Donald was born in Indiana. David was born in Indiana, the son of August Merillat, who was from Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and of Margaret Marguerite McKeeman, whose parents were Irish. Irma was born in Indiana, the daughter of James M. Smith and Elizabeth Mary “Lizzie” Yeagar, whose parents were German.

Zach’s maternal grandmother was Alida G. Spawn (the daughter of Albert Spawn and Ada Amanda Klumpner/Lumpner). Alida was born in South Dakota. Albert was born in South Dakota, the son of Lewis Spawn and Lydia Florine Bishop. Ada was born in South Dakota, the daughter of Peter Klumpner, whose father was Dutch, and of Julia Marie Hare.

Sources: Marriage record of Zach’s parents –

Birth record of Zach’s father –

Birth record of Zach’s mother –

Genealogy of Zach’s maternal grandfather, Donald Duane “Don” Merillat –

Genealogy of Zach’s maternal grandmother, Alida G. Spawn –


Christian Borle

by stlucas on June 29, 2018

Christian Borle – 2015 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Junket – Arrivals – The Diamond Horseshoe at Paramount Hotel – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Birth Name: Christian Dominique Borle

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

Date of Birth: October 1, 1973

*Swiss-French (father)

Christian Borle is an American theater, film, and television actor.

Christian is the son of Beverly Ann “Lee” and Andre Bernard Borle. His father was born in Switzerland.



Kato Kaelin

by stlucas on March 15, 2018

Kato Kaelin – Viva Glam Magazine November 2012 Issue Launch at the W Hotel in Hollywood on October 29, 2012 – Station Hollywood at the W Hotel – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Glenn Francis /

Birth Name: Brian Gerard Kaelin

Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 9, 1959

*Swiss-German, Swiss-French, English, possibly Dutch (father)
*Polish (mother)

Kato Kaelin is an American actor, radio personality, and television personality.

Kato is the son of Isabelle Mary “Izzy” (Adamczyk) and Adelrich J. “Al” Kaelin. Kato’s father was of Swiss-German, Swiss-French, English, and possibly Dutch, descent. Kato’s mother was of Polish ancestry. Kato has a daughter with his former wife, Cynthia Coulter.

Kato’s paternal grandfather was Adelrich Kaelin (the son of Franz/Frank Kaelin and Caroline Ochcner). Adelrich was born in Switzerland.

Kato’s paternal grandmother was Anita P. Doutaz (the daughter of Theodore Edward “Theo” Doutaz/Dautaz and Margaret Shrewberry/Schrewsbery). Theodore was the son of Henry Marion Joseph Doutaz, who was Swiss, and of Mary Elizabeth Hoagland/Hoglan.

Kato’s maternal grandparents were Anton K. Adamczyk and Mary. Anton and Mary were born in Poland.

Source: Obituary of Kato’s mother –


Ellen Hollman

by stlucas on March 4, 2018

Ellen Hollman – “In The Tub, Vol. 2” Book Launch by director TJ Scott – Cinematic Pictures Group Gallery, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Photography by Eugene /

Birth Name: Ellen Kristen Hollman

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

Date of Birth: April 1, 1983

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, Austrian, French, French-Canadian, Swiss-French

Ellen Hollman is an American actress.

Ellen is the daughter of Julie (Joliat) and Hart H. Hollman.

Ellen’s maternal grandfather was John Francis “Jack” Joliat (the son of Leo Francis Joliat and Marcella Maria Schwertner). Leo was the son of Sebastian Joliat, who was born in Switzerland, and of Josephine Balizet, whose parents were French. Marcella was the daughter of Frank A. Schwertner, who had Austrian and Alsatian German ancestry, and of Frieda Wilhelmina Klorer, who was German.

Ellen’s maternal grandmother was Rosemary LaJoie (the daughter of Ernest Phillip LaJoie and Jane/Jene C. Murphy). Ernest was born in Canada, the son of Heloise. Jane was born in Michigan, to parents from Ontario, Canada.

Sources: Genealogy of Ellen’s mother –

Obituary of Ellen’s maternal grandfather, John F. “Jack” Hollman –

Obituary of Ellen’s maternal grandmother, Rosemary (LaJoie) Joliat –


Alain Berset

by Manila on January 5, 2018

Place of Birth: Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Date of Birth: 9 April, 1972

Ethnicity: Swiss-French

Alain Berset is a Swiss politician. He has served as a member of the Swiss Federal Council, since 1 January, 2012, in which he has been the President of Switzerland, since 1 January, 2018; as well as the the Vice President of Switzerland, from 1 January, 2017 to 31 December, 2017. He has also served as the Head of the Department of Home Affairs, since 1 January, 2012.

Councillor Berset’s father, Michel Louis Berset, is a teacher. Councillor Berset’s mother, Solange (Angéloz), is a bookseller.

Councillor Berset is married to Muriel Zeender, with whom he has three children.

Councillor Berset’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Jacques Berset (died 4 November 1750, Cormérod, Fribourg).

Councillor Berset’s paternal grandfather was François Julien Berset (the son of Alphonse Berset and Marie Catherine Chavaillaz). Alphonse was the son of François Julien Berset and Marie Cérine Progin. Catherine was the daughter of

Councillor Berset’s paternal grandmother was Elise Philomène Page (the daughter of Louis Page and Louise Guisolan). Councillor Berset’s great-grandfather Pierre Isidore Page and Anne Toffel.

Councillor Berset’s maternal grandfather was François Xavier Angéloz (the son of Auguste Jacques Angéloz and Cécile Joséphine Angéloz). Councillor Berset’s great-grandfather Jacques was the son of Philippe Angéloz and Geneviève Berger. Joséphine was the daughter of Isidore Jules Angéloz and Marie Ursule Bossy.

Councillor Berset’s maternal grandmother was Céline Marceline Remy (the daughter of Louis Alphonse Remy and Alice Agnès Vonlanthen). Councillor Berset’s great-grandfather Louis was the son of Jean Marcelin Remy and Marie Léocadie Chavannaz.

Sources: Genealogies of Alain Berset –