Julia Roberts

Roberts in 2011, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Julia Fiona Roberts

Place of Birth: Smyrna, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 28, 1967

Ethnicity: English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, remote French

Julia Roberts is an American actress and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Erin Brockovich (2000). Julia is also well known for starring in the films Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, and Mona Lisa Smile, among many others.

She is the daughter of Betty Lou and Walter Grady Roberts, who were actors and playwrights. She is the sister of actors Eric Roberts (Eric Anthony Roberts) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and the aunt of actress Emma Roberts, who is Eric’s daughter. Julia is married to cinematographer Daniel Moder, with whom she has three children.

Julia’s father’s family has lived in the American South for many generations; her ancestry includes English, German, Swedish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and remote French.

Julia’s paternal grandfather was Walter Thomas “Tom” Roberts (the son of John Pendleton Roberts and Jimmie Glen Corbitt). Walter was born in Georgia. John was the son of Rhoda/Rodie Suttles. Jimmie was the daughter of Thomas C. Corbitt and Josephine “Josie”/Jodie Gherkey/Garker.

Julia’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice M. Beal (the daughter of William Edward Beal and Pearl F. Dooley). Beatrice was born in Georgia. William was the son of John Frank Beal and Martha Ann Redd. Pearl was the daughter of Lewis Washington Dooley and Mahala Ann Hitt.

Julia’s maternal grandfather was Wendell John Bredemus (the son of John Math/Mathias/Matheus/Mathews Bredemus and Elin Maria “Eleanor” Johansdotter/Johnson). Wendell was born in Minnesota. Julia’s great-grandfather John was the son of Mathias/Mathew Bredemus, who was German, and of Elizabeth Steffens/Stevens, who was of German descent. Elin was Swedish, born in By församling, Värmlands län, Sweden, the daughter of Johan/John Jansson/Johnson and Emma Kristina/Christina Carlsdotter/Karlsdotter/Carlson.

Julia’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ellen Billingsley (the daughter of James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings). Elizabeth was born in Indiana. James was the son of John James Warren Billingsley and Elizabeth P./A. Hymer/Hyner/Pickelhymer. Nellie was the daughter of Dolphin/Dalphin/Dalphon Hutchings and Ellen Greenlee/Matkin/Matkins.

Sources: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article about Julia’s ancestry, at The Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Genealogies of Julia Roberts – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Julia’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Julia’s paternal great-grandfather, John Pendleton Roberts – http://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Julia’s maternal great-grandparents, James Henry Billingsley and Nellie Hutchings – https://familysearch.org

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84 Responses

  1. Erik1714 says:

    Julia’s husband, Daniel Moder:

    Birth name: Daniel Richard Moder
    Date of birth: 1969
    Place of birth: L.A., California, U.S.

    Ethnicity: German, one fourth French-Candian, Czech, smaller amounts of English, Irish, Dutch and French, distant Scottish

    His father is Michael Richard “Mike” Moder (film producer). His mother is Patricia Ann Watz.

    Daniel’s paternal grandfather was Richard Charles Moder (the son of Charles A. Moder and Rose Sindelar). Rose was born in Missouri, possibly the daughter of Frank Sindelar and Rosalie Lukas, who were Czech immigrants.

    Daniel’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ellen Fritzlen (the daughter of Charles Eugene Fritzlen and Grace Ellen Keelor). Charles was the son of Eugene K. Fritzlen and Mary Jestin Bean. Grace was the daughter of Urias Keelor and Mary Jane Bailey. Mary Jane was born in Illinois, seemingly of full Irish ancestry. Mary Ellen had deep roots in America, with English, Dutch, French and distant Scottish ancestry.

    Daniel’s maternal grandfather was William H. Watz (the son of Philip Watz and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Schulte). Wilhelmina was born in Michigan, the daughter of German parents, Clements J. Schulte and Mary Elizabeth Seitz. Philip was a German immigrant.

    Daniel’s maternal grandmother was Leola Dalbec (the daughter of David Dalbec and Anna Mabel Secor). Leola was of French-Canadian descent. David was born in Michigan, the son of Joseph Dalbec and Adeline Charland. Anna Mabel was the daughter of Octave and Edwige Secor.

    Sources:
    https://gw.geneanet.org/tdowling?lang=en&n=moder&oc=0&p=daniel+richard
    https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/LK32-7Y7

  2. andrew says:

    -> Thomas C. Corbitt and Josephine “Josie” Gurkey/Gherkey

    Such an obscure surname.

    This tree states William Edward Beal’s wife was Pearl Dooley. Geni.com does not provide a surname for William’s wife.
    https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/LY14-NF6

    If so, there would be Cherokee blood on that line: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17718575

  3. andrew says:

    stop trolling.

  4. andrew says:

    https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Roberts-Family-Tree-10357

    According to this, one of her ancestors on her mother’s side, Hans Michael (Gudknecht) Goodnight, is related to Harry Truman and Barack Obama.

  5. Ardor says:

    I will call it the George Clooney Effect (when it comes to Americans) and the Sean Connery Effect (when it comes to Brits).

    It’s really fascinating how some people can have such dark features and be purely Celtic or even Germanic.

    • Obey says:

      Why are people with brown eyes and black hair not white? People with black eyes have everyone, of course! It is absurd to say that a white person is not white just because he has dark hair and black eyes! Until the story of snow white she has black hair and brown eyes, she is undoubtedly extremely white and prettier than many old ugly blonde who looks like the Smigol. On the contrary, there are plenty of blond people with blue eyes that are not white, they are from Mongolia, Arabs, Israelites, or anywhere else on the planet.

    • angiemorton says:

      But you’re surprised because you have no f–king idea of European genetics.

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