Birth Name: Katherine Marie Heigl
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: November 24, 1978
Katherine Heigl is an American actress, producer, and model. Among her many roles is the television series Grey’s Anatomy and the film Knocked Up.
Her father is of one half Irish, one quarter German, and one quarter Swiss-German, descent. Her mother is of German ancestry. Katherine is married to musician and actor Josh Kelley, with whom she has three children, including a daughter from Korea. One of Katherine’s siblings, a sister, is also from Korea.
Katherine’s paternal grandfather was John H./Joseph Heigl (the son of Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki). John was born in Minnesota. Katherine’s great-grandfather Joseph was a German immigrant, the son of Lorentz Heigl and Theresa Fodel. Ida was a Swiss immigrant, of Swiss-German descent, and was the daughter of Jacob Burki and Anna Muller.
Katherine’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Mary Lynes (the daughter of Patrick John Lynes/Lyne and Josephine Murray). Margaret was born in New Jersey. Patrick and Josephine were Irish immigrants. Patrick was the son of John Lyne and Ellen Donoghue. Josephine was the daughter of John Murray and Eliza/Elizabeth Smith.
Katherine’s maternal grandfather was Reinhold Ferdinand Engelhardt/Engelhart (the son of Ernest Engelhardt and Marie). Reinhold was born in Germany.
Katherine’s maternal grandmother was Margaretta/Margaret Jane Debus (the daughter of Frederick Jekel Debus and Elda Adeline Niehaus). Margaretta was born in New York. Frederick was born in New York, the son of Charles Frederick Debus and Canadian-born Elizabeth Katherine Jekel, and all of his grandparents were German, from Bavaria and Hessen. Elda was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Henry Niehaus and Amelia Johanna Langkamp, who were both of German descent.
Sources: Katherine’s paternal grandfather, John H./Joseph Heigl, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Katherine’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki – https://familysearch.org
Katherine’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Heigl and Ida Burki, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Katherine’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Mary Lynes, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Katherine’s maternal grandfather, Reinhold Ferdinand Engelhardt/Engelhart, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Margaretta/Margaret Jane Debus – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Margaretta/Margaret Jane (Debus) Engelhardt – http://www.legacy.com