by stlucas on February 13, 2018

RuPaul – 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Arrivals – The Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Keywords: Rupaul Andre Charles, Rupaul Charles Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: RuPaul Andre Charles

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 17, 1960

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

RuPaul is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter, author, and television personality. RuPaul is known for being the host of television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

RuPaul is the son of Ernestine “Toni” (Fontenet/Fontenette) and Irving Andrew Charles. RuPaul’s parents are from Louisiana. His father was African-American and his mother was a Louisiana Creole. RuPaul is married to Georges LeBar, an Australian.

Two of RuPaul’s maternal ancestors were Andre Adrien Mercier, who was born, c. 1766, in Nantes, France; and Nicholas Wiltz, who was born, c. 1699, in Volkringen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland.

RuPaul has said:

My mother got the name [RuPaul] out of Ebony magazine. It was spelled Ripoll, but she’s Creole, so she made it into this saucy, Frenchy concoction.

RuPaul’s maternal grandfather was Felix “Bukey” Fontenet/Fontenette (the son of Felix Fontenette and Marie Louise Wiltz). Marie Louise was the daughter of François Leufroy Wiltz and Marie Amelie Mercier.

RuPaul’s maternal grandmother was Ernestine Girard/Gerard (the daughter of Joseph Gerard).


Birth record of RuPaul –

Genealogy of RuPaul’s maternal grandfather, Felix “Bukey” Fontenet/Fontenette –


David Janssen

by follers on February 13, 2018

Birth Name: David Harold Meyer

Date of Birth: March 27, 1931

Place of Birth: Naponee, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Death: February 13, 1980

Place of Death: Malibu, California, U.S.

David Janssen is an American actor.

Ethnicity: German, some Swiss-German, Irish, and English

David Janssen was an American actor.

David was the son of Berniece (Graf) and Harold Edward Meyer. He took the surname of his stepfather, Eugene Janssen.

He was married to actress and model Dani Crayne, until his death.

David had apparently stated that he was of Jewish heritage, or “half Jewish”, through his father. This is not accurate. More information about this can be seen here.

David’s paternal grandfather was William Meyer (the son of Heinrich/Henry Meier/Meyer and Caroline/Carlena Kuster). William was born in Nebraska, to parents from Hanover, Germany. Heinrich was the son of John Conrad Coon Vesperman and Sophia Hofmeister. Caroline was the daughter of Hans or Anton Wilhelm Jacob Kuster and Catharina Dorothea Antoinette Vesperman.

David’s paternal grandmother was Myra Angela Wert (the daughter of Edward David Wert and Angela McKee). Myra was born in Nebraska. Edward was of German descent, and was the son of John Wert and Sarah Ziegler. Angela was the daughter of Robert Warwick McKee and Mary Ann Rachford.

David’s maternal grandfather was Werner Jacob/D. Graf (the son of Arnold J. Graf and Louisa Rosa Kluge). Werner was born in Nebraska. Arnold was born in Rebstein, Switzerland, the son of Samuel Graf and Juditha. Louisa was born in Breslau, Germany.

David’s maternal grandmother was Verna Eliza Waggoner (the daughter of William Murray Waggoner and Isadora/Dora Eliza Vance). Verna was born in Nebraska. William was the son of Joseph Waggoner and Rachel Murray. Isadora was the daughter of Solomon Elijah Vance and Eliza Richards.

Sources: Genealogy of David Janssen –

Genealogy of David Janssen (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of David Janssen (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Cailee Spaeny

by follers on February 9, 2018

Cailee Spaeny – Marie Claire’s Image Maker Awards 2018 – Arrivals – Delilah LA, 7969 Santa Monica Boulevard – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Place of Birth: Springfield, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 24, 1997

Ethnicity: Swiss-German, German, English

Cailee Spaeny is an American actress and singer. She will star in the film Pacific Rim Uprising (2018).

Cailee’s paternal grandfather was Donald Kenneth Spaeny (the son of Ernest C. Spaeny and Ora Kathryn Runkle). Ernest was the son of Charles A. Spaeny, who was Swiss, and of Sophia Fuhlendorf, who was German. Ora was the daughter of Albert Richard Runkles/Runkle and Catherine Ann Wennet.

Cailee’s paternal grandmother was Alberta Jean Humphrey (the daughter of Wilbur John Humphrey and Ruby Emma Sherrill). Wilbur was the son of Charles/Charlie Humphrey and Mary Masters. Ruby was the daughter of Thomas Oliver Sherrill and Agnes Mae/May Ruble.

Two of Cailee’s maternal great-grandparents are Willis Adley Burchett and Maudie Beatrice “Bea” Cardwell. Willis was the son of George Emmett Burchett and Pearl May Brock. Maudie was the daughter of Thomas Edward Cardwell and Mary Belle Fellows.

Sources: Genealogies and obituaries of Cailee’s paternal grandparents, Donald Kenneth Spaeny and Alberta Jean (Humphrey) Spaeny –

Obituary of Cailee’s maternal great-grandmother, Maudie Beatrice “Bea” (Cardwell) Burchett Richardson –


Tarah Paige

by stlucas on January 30, 2018

Tarah Paige – 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 100 Stars Night Out Viewing Party and Gifting Suite – Inside – Infusion Lounge, Universal CityWalk – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Claudio Uema / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Tarah Paige Chellevold

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 8, 1982

Ethnicity: Norwegian (paternal grandfather), Swiss-German, German, English

Tarah Paige is an American gymnast, dancer, and actress.

Tarah is the daughter of Hertha Jane (Farmer) and Duane Chellevold. She has a brother, Devon.

Tarah’s paternal grandfather was Norman Chellevold/Chellewold (the son of Ole Chellewold and Dorthea/Dorothea Tangedahl/Tangadal). Norman was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Norway.

Tarah’s paternal grandmother was named Helen Brown.

Tarah’s maternal grandfather was Arvel Lewis Farmer (the son of Noah Lewis Farmer and Lelah/Lela Mae Brown). Noah was the son of H. G. Farmer and Mary.

Tarah’s maternal grandmother was Hertha Fredericka Hedwig Steiner (the daughter of Otto Steiner and Emma Heideman). Hertha was born in Missouri. Otto was born in Germany, to parents from Switzerland. Emma was also born in Germany, to German parents.

Sources: Obituary of Tarah’s paternal grandfather, Norman Chellevold –

Obituary of Tarah’s maternal grandfather, Arvel Lewis Farmer –

Obituary of Tarah’s maternal great-aunt (grandfather’s sister), Jane (Farmer) Soflin –


Bob Graham

by follers on January 26, 2018

Birth Name: Daniel Robert Graham

Place of Birth: Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 9, 1936

Ethnicity: English, as well as distant Swiss-German

Bob Graham is an American politician and author. A member of the Democratic Party, he was Governor of Florida, from January 2, 1979 to January 3, 1987, a U.S. Senator from Florida, from January 3, 1987 to January 3, 2005, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, from June 6, 2001 to January 3, 2003, and Chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, from May 21, 2010 to January 11, 2011.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2004.

Bob is the son of Hilda Elizabeth (Simmons) and Ernest R. “Cap” Graham, a Florida state senator, mining engineer, and dairy and cattleman. His brother, Phil Graham, was publisher and co-owner of the Washington Post, and the husband of publisher Katharine Graham.

Bob is married to educator Adele Khoury Graham, with whom he has four children.

Bob’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Robert Graham (the son of Robert William Graham and Emma Elizabeth Post). Robert was born in Lancashire, England, the son of Catherine Graham. Emma was the daughter of Joseph Carter Post and Julia Ann Manwaring.

Bob’s paternal grandmother was named Carlotta Hall.

Bob’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Hutchinson Simmons (the son of Andrew Jackson Simmons and Mahala Hutchison). Andrew was the son of Daniel Simmons and Elizabeth. Mahala was the daughter of William Hutchison and Hester Lanier Mills.

Bob’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ansley (the daughter of Samuel Joseph Ansley and Sarah Louisa/Louise Garrison). Samuel was the son of The Rev. John Thomas Ansley and Mary Redden. Sarah was the daughter of The Rev. Levi Garrison, a Methodist minister, and of Susannah/Susan Guilford.

Bob is a fourth cousin of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, through their great-great-great-grandparents, Abel Ansley and Ann Morris, on Bob’s mother’s and President Carter’s father’s, sides.

Sources: Genealogies of Bob Graham –

Genealogy of Bob’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Robert Graham (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Bob’s mother –