Johnny Carson

by madman on January 18, 2017

Navy portrait of Johnny Carson

Birth Name: John William Carson

Date of Birth: October 23, 1925

Place of Birth: Corning, Iowa, United States

Date of Death: January 23, 2005

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ethnicity: English, with some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), German, Dutch, French, distant Scottish and Swiss-German

Johnny Carson was an American comedian and television host. He was the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1962 to 1992.

Johnny was the son of Ruth E. (Hook) and Homer “Kit” Lloyd Carson.

Johnny’s paternal grandfather was Christopher N. Carson (the son of Marshall Carson and Emilene Kellogg). Marshall was the son of William Carson and Dorothy Nye. Emeline was the daughter of Amos Kellogg and Rebecca Wilson Carver.

Johnny’s paternal grandmother was Ella B. Hardy (the daughter of Samuel Tomlinson Hardy and Viola Millicent Vincent). Samuel was the son of James Hardy and Minerva Tomlinson. Viola was the daughter of Ezra Vincent and Catherine Colburn/Colborn.

Johnny’s maternal grandfather was George William Hook (the son of William Hook and Sophronia Barnett). Johnny’s great-grandfather William was the son of James Grant Hook and Sarah Lyle.

Johnny’s maternal grandmother was Jessie Elton Boyd (the daughter of John Saylor Boyd and Cynthia Simildie Elton Raynolds). Johnny’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Boyd, who was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and of Eliza Saylor. Cynthia Simildie was the daughter of George Washington Raynolds and Elizabeth Millar.

Sources: Genealogies of Johnny Carson –

Genealogy of Johnny Carson (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Mark Pontius

by madman on January 18, 2017

Birth Name: Mark A. Pontius

Place of Birth: Orlando, Florida, United States

Date of Birth: January 3, 1985

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, Swiss-German

Mark Pontius is an American musician and songwriter. He is the drummer and co-vocalist of the indie pop band Foster the People, which also includes Mark Foster.

Mark is the son of Harriet S. and Lawrence Lee “Larry” Pontius.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was Bert Everette Pontius (the son of William Oscar Pontius and Ethel Z. Gotts). William was the son of Levi Pontius and Sarah Catharine Butler. Ethel was the daughter of English parents, George G. Gotts and Anne Woolsey.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Jaunetti Ione Norton (the daughter of Noel Alfred Norton and Vernal E. Keltner). Noel was the son of William H. Norton, whose parents were from New York, and of Alice Nixon, whose parents were Irish. Vernal was the daughter of James A. Keltner and Alice V. Thatcher.

Sources: Obituary of Mark’s father –

Genealogy of Mark’s paternal grandfather, Bert Everette Pontius (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogies of Mark’s paternal grandmother, Jaunetti Ione Norton –

Mark’s maternal great-grandmother, Ethel Z. Gotts, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Mark’s maternal great-grandfather, Noel Alfred Norton, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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Dan Bilzerian

by madman on December 30, 2016

Birth Name: Brandon Dan Bilzerian

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, United States

Date of Birth: December 7, 1980

*25% Armenian
*25% French-Canadian
*25% Swiss-German
*25% Norwegian

Dan Bilzerian is an American social media personality and professional poker player.

Dan is the son of Terri Lee (Steffen) and Paul Bilzerian (Paul Alec Bilzerian), a corporate takeover specialist. His father is of half Armenian descent, with his other roots including French-Canadian, and possibly other. His mother has Swiss-German and Norwegian ancestry.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Oscar A. Bilezerian (the son of Alexander Bilezerian and Lucy/Lusen Danielian/Dunelian). Oscar was born in Massachusetts, to Armenian parents.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was Joan S. Barrie (the daughter of Leon H. Barrie and Marie Claire Eveline Lachance). Leon was the son of Henry G. Barrie and Aileen L. Marie Claire was the daughter of Joseph H. Lachance and Georgiana Chartier.

Dan’s maternal grandfather was Harry Allen Steffen (the son of Samuel Steffen and Rose Susan Garber). Samuel was the son of Johannes “John” Steffen, who was born in Emmental, Switzerland, and of Magdalena J. Amstutz, who was born in Kidron, Ohio, of Swiss-German descent. Rose was the daughter of Israel Garber and Barbara Ann Suter, who were both of Swiss-German descent.

Dan’s maternal grandmother was Lois Jane Lanning (the daughter of Alfred Lanning and Alice Theoline Strand). Alfred was the son of Peder Sylversen Lanning, whose parents were Norweigan, and of Marta Olsdatter Gulden, who was Norwegian. Alice was the daughter of Helmer Parelius E. Strand and Emma Elvina Tollefson, who were both born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents.

Sources: Obituary of Dan’s uncle, Dan Morgan Steffen –

Dan’s paternal grandfather, Oscar A. Bilezerian, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Joan S. (Barrie) Bilezerian –

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph H. Lachance (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Dan’s maternal grandaunt, Doris A. Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-grandfather, Alfred Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Peder Sylversen Lanning –

Genealogy of Dan’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice Theoline Strand –

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Amy Klobuchar

by madman on December 14, 2016

Birth Name: Amy Jean Klobuchar

Place of Birth: Plymouth, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: May 25, 1960

*Slovenian (father)
*Swiss-German (mother)

Amy Klobuchar is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, since January 3, 2007.

Amy is the daughter of Rose Katherine (Heuberger) and Jim Klobuchar (James John Klobuchar), a journalist, author, and travel guide.

Amy’s paternal grandparents were Michael Klobuchar (the son of Michael/Mike Klobuchar and Barbara Brozich) and Mary Pucel (the daughter of Joseph Pucel and Rose Francel). All of Amy’s paternal great-grandparents were Slovenian.

Amy’s maternal grandparents were Martin Heuberger and Margaret Wuthrich (the daughter of John Wuthrich and Bertha Lutti). Martin and Margaret were Swiss. John was the son of Johannes Wuthrich and Elizabeth Krahenbuhl.

Sources: Genealogies of Amy Klobuchar –


Nick Offerman

by madman on December 11, 2016

Birth Name: Nicholas David Offerman

Place of Birth: Joliet, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: June 26, 1970

Ethnicity: German, Swiss-German, English, Irish, distant Welsh, remote French, Scottish, and Jersey (Channel Islander)

Nick Offerman is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, musician, humorist, and carpenter. He is the son of Catherine Ann (Roberts), a nurse, and Frederic Dames Offerman, a teacher. Nick is married to actress Megan Mullally.

Nick’s father was of German (including Swiss-German) descent. Nick’s mother was of English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, as well as distant Welsh, and remote French, Scottish, and Jersey (Channel Islander), ancestry.

Nick’s paternal grandfather was Raymond Eugene Offerman (the son of Nicholas/Nick M. Offermann and Matilda F. Schweizer). Nick’s great-grandfather Nicholas was born in Illinois, the son of German parents, Franz Offermann and Susannah/Susanna Korst. Matilda was born in Illinois, to Swiss-German parents, Joseph Casper Schweizer and Barbara Ernst.

Nick’s paternal grandmother was Marilynn Olivia Dames (the daughter of Fredric/Fred Cramer Dames and Louise Juliet Wilhelmi). Fredric was the son of Joseph Dames and Margaret/Margaretha Cramer/Kraemer, who were both born in Illinois, to German parents. Louise was the daughter of John Peter Wilhelmi and Mary Louise Boos, who were also both born in Illinois, to German parents.

Nick’s maternal grandfather was Michael Donald Roberts (the son of William Dean Roberts and Carrie Alta Orvelene Knupp). William was the son of Samuel Johnson Roberts and Sarah Ann Prater. Carrie was the daughter of Michael Lafayette Knupp and Lenna Mae Thompson.

Nick’s maternal grandmother was Eloise Catherine Loucks (the daughter of Harry Milton Loucks and Hazel Ada Smith). Harry was the son of Milton Scott Loucks and Catherine Bell Barr. Hazel was the daughter of James Charles Smith and Mary J. Kehoe, who was Irish.

Sources: Genealogies of Nick Offerman –

Genealogy of Nick’s father –

Genealogy of Nick’s mother (through her sister, Michele Roberts) –

Genealogy of Nick’s maternal grandfather, Michael Donald Roberts –

Genealogy of Nick’s maternal great-grandfather, William Dean Roberts (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Nick’s maternal grandmother, Eloise Catherine Loucks, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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