Tom Brokaw

Birth Name: Thomas John Brokaw

Place of Birth: Webster, South Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 6, 1940

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, Swiss, Dutch, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/256th French Huguenot, remote Welsh

Tom Brokaw is an American television journalist and author. He was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004.

Tom is the son of Eugenia “Jean” (Conley) and Anthony Orville “Red” Brokaw.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was William Loren Brokaw (the son of Richard Patterson Brokaw and Anna M./E. Hyde). William was born in South Dakota. Richard was the son of Joseph Brokaw and Sarah Patterson. Anna was the daughter of Elias Hyde and Sarah Bethiah/Berthia Woodward.

According to Tom’s official website, he has French Huguenot ancestry through his Brokaw line, originally Broucard. His ancestor, John Broucard, was born, c. 1680, in New York, to Bourgon Broucard and Catherine Lefevre, who were French Huguenots. John’s wife, Sarah Teunis (van Middleswart), was born in New Jersey, to Dutch parents.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Elisabeth/Elizabeth “Lizzie” Meuer/Meier. Elisabeth was born in Wisconsin. Her father was born “at sea”, likely of German descent, and her mother was German.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was James Henry Conley (the son of Thomas Conley and Matilda Moser). James was born in Manitoba, Canada. Thomas was born in Wisconsin, to Irish parents. Matilda was born in Minnesota, to Swiss parents, Henry Moser and Anna.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Lalla Ethel Baker (the daughter of Eugene Baker and Addie Bradford Sperry). Lalla was born in Minnesota. Eugene was the son of Nathan M. Baker and Elmina. Addie was the daughter of Charles B. Sperry and Mary E.

Sources: http://www.signature-reads.com
http://tombrokaw.com (official website)

Genealogies of Tom Brokaw – https://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Tom’s father – http://www.ancestry.com

Tom’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tom’s maternal grandfather, James Henry Conley, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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1 Response

  1. madman says:

    His ancestry includes German, English, Irish, Swiss, Dutch, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), 1/256th French Huguenot, remote Welsh

    Elisabeth Meuer’s father was born “at sea” (likely of German descent) and her mother was German.

    Tom’s maternal grandfather was James Henry Conley (the son of Thomas Conley and Matilda Moser). Thomas was born in Wisconsin, to Irish parents. Matilda was born in Minnesota, to Swiss parents, Henry Moser and Anna.

    Tom’s maternal grandmother was Lalla Ethel Baker (the daughter of Eugene Baker and Addie Bradford Sperry). Eugene was the son of Nathan M. Baker and Elmina. Addie was the daughter of Charles B. Sperry and Mary E.

    More genealogies: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Brokaw-Family-Tree-190
    http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=mikemather63&id=I161109

    Genealogy of Tom’s father – http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/anton-anthony-brokaw_27540244

    Tom’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6JX-JF6

    Tom’s maternal grandfather, James Henry Conley, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMR3-8GN

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