Chris Parnell

by madman on February 2, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas Christopher Parnell

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Date of Birth: February 5, 1967

*English, possibly other (father)
*German, Swiss-French/Swiss-German (mother)

Chris Parnell is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is the son of Shirley Russ (Rauchle) and Jack Parnell.

Chris’ maternal grandfather was August Carl Rauchle (the son of August Carl Rauchle and Louise Manner). Chris’ grandfather August was born in Tennessee, to German parents. Chris’ great-grandfather August was the son of Christian Rauchle. Louise was the daughter of Gottfried Manner and Elizabeth.

Chris’ maternal grandmother was Clara Bessire (the daughter of Fred Bessire and Louise Yancer). Clara was born in Tennessee, to Swiss parents, her father of Swiss-French origin, and her mother of Swiss-German descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Chris Parnell (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Clara Bessire, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Pattie Mallette

by stlucas on January 24, 2017

Birth Name: Patricia Mallette

Place of Birth: Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: April 2, 1975

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, with remote English, Swiss-French, and Scottish

Pattie Mallette is a Canadian author and film producer. She was born in Stratford, Ontario, to French-Canadian parents, Diane M. Henry and Michael Mallette. Pattie is the mother of Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor Justin Bieber.

Pattie’s paternal grandfather was Alexandre Mallette/Mallet (the son of Felix Alfred Telesphore Mallette/Mallet and Alida Lachance). Felix was the son of Felix Mallet and Elisabeth Romain. Alida was the daughter of Alexandre-Ildephonse Lachance and Adelaide Marleau.

Pattie’s paternal grandmother was Therese/Theresa Hamelin/Hamblin.

Pattie’s maternal grandfather was Venant Eugène Henry (the son of Joseph Daniel Henry and Marguerite Léocadie/Louse Babin). Joseph was the son of Pierre Henry and Elizabeth/Élisabeth Bujold. Marguerite was the daughter of Ambroise/Ambrose Babin and Charlotte Bourdages/Bourdage.

Pattie’s maternal grandmother was Estelle Germain (the daughter of Joseph-Roland Garneau Germain and Marie-Alphonsine-Germaine Breton). Joseph was the son of Trefflé Germain and Marie Laura Armiene/Herminie/Hermine Armenie Tousignant. Marie-Alphonsine-Germaine was the daughter of Joseph-Francois-Amédée Breton and Antoinette Audet.

Pattie’s matrilineal ancestry traces back to Marie Meilleur, who was born, c. 1599, in Sainte-Madeleine-de-la-Ventrouse, Perche, France.

Sources: Genealogies of Pattie Mallette –

Genealogy of Pattie Mallette (through her son, Justin) –

Genealogy of Pattie Mallette (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Gabriela Isler

by madman on January 2, 2017

Birth Name: María Gabriela de Jesús Isler Morales

Place of Birth: Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Date of Birth: March 21, 1988

*Swiss-French, German (father)
*Venezuelan (mother)

Gabriela Isler is a Venezuelan television host, model, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Guárico 2012, Miss Venezuela 2012, and Miss Universe 2013.

Gabriela has said that she is of “one quarter Swiss and one quarter German” descent, apart from Venezuelan. She is a Swiss citizen.

Gabriela’s paternal grandfather was Jean Isler. Jean was born in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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Stan Wawrinka

by stlucas on November 27, 2016


Birth Name: Stanislas Wawrinka

Place of Birth: Lausanne, Switzerland

Date of Birth: March 28, 1985

Ethnicity: Polish, Swiss (likely Swiss-French), possibly Czech and German

Stan Wawrinka is a Swiss professional tennis player. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German father, Wolfram Wawrinka, and a Swiss mother, Isabelle.

When asked about his origins, he stated in an interview:

Actually, I have a double passport, Swiss-German, but I am Swiss, and I have always felt good in my country. My mother’s Swiss and my dad’s German, given his origins are Czech. It happens that Wawrinka’s a Polish name because I had a great grandfather who was living on the border between Poland & Czechoslovakia.

Stan holds both German and Swiss citizenship.


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Janelle Olafson

by Manila on November 22, 2016

Birth Name: Janelle Bianes Olafson

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 17, 1989

*Icelandic (paternal grandfather)
*Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, as well as remote Cornish, Powhatan Native American, Swedish, and Swiss-French (paternal grandmother)
*Filipino (mother)

Janelle Olafson is a Filipina-American beauty queen and model. Her father, Kristinn Allen “Kris” Olafson, is American. Her mother, Nenita Reyes Bianes, is Filipina.

Janelle’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandfather, Árni Gellisson.

Janelle’s paternal grandfather was Stefan Daniel Murdock Olafson (the son of Hallur Magnússon, later Olafson, and of Þuríður Ingibjörg Breiðfjörð). Hallur was born in Kirkjubæ, Norður-Múlasýsla (now part of Eastern Region), Iceland, the son of Magnús Ólafsson and Ragnheiður Eiríksdóttir. Janelle’s great-grandmother Þuríður was the daughter of Icelandic immigrants, Einar Jónsson Breiðfjörð, of Hvammur í Hvammissveit, Dalasýsla (now part of Western Region), and Guðný Jónasdóttir, of Breidabolsstadur a Skogarstrand, Snæfellsnessýsla (now part of Western Region).

Janelle’s paternal grandmother is Laura Belle Walton (the daughter of Lawrence Fredrick Walton and Ethel Lucilla Dare). Lawrence was the son of James William Walton and Lora Hester Chandler. Ethel was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Dare and May Belle Ward.

Janelle’s maternal grandparents were ? Bianes and ? Reyes.

Sources: Family history of Janelle Olafson –

Janelle’s birth record –

Genealogy of Janelle Olafson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Janelle’s paternal grandfather, Stefan Daniel Murdock Olafson, on the 1930 U.S. census –

Janelle’s paternal great-grandfather, Hallur Magnússon, on the 1901 Icelandic census –

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