Birth Name: Michael Francis Moore
Place of Birth: Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 23, 1954
Ethnicity: Irish, with English and Scottish
Michael Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, activist, and author. He is known for his films The Big One, Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, and Fahrenheit 9/11, among others.
Michael is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall) and Francis Richard “Frank” Moore, an automotive assembly-line worker. He was raised in a Catholic family. His parents were both of at least half Irish descent, and he also has English and Scottish roots. Part of his mother’s family has lived in United States since the 1600s, and descends from English settlers of that era.
Michael’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Richard “Herb” Moore (the son of Frank A. Moore and Laura/Lura D. Harvey). Herbert was born in Indiana. Frank was the son of Richard Roy Moore and Rachel Jane Peacock. Laura was the daughter of Thomas Harvey and Anna Hoover, who was from a family of Quakers.
Michael’s paternal grandmother was Mary E. “Molly” Connors (the daughter of William Connors/Conners and Mary Hogan). Michael’s grandmother Mary was born in Michigan, to Irish parents, with Michael’s great-grandmother Mary being from Waterford.
Michael’s maternal grandfather was William J. Wall (the son of Thomas Wall and Elizabeth/Eliza Simpson). William was born in Canada, to parents from Northern Ireland. Thomas was evidently the son of Thomas Wall and Mary Sheppard.
Michael’s maternal grandmother was Lois Elizabeth “Bessie” Moore (the daughter of Martin Pemberton Moore and Anna Marie McChristal). Lois was born in Michigan. Martin was the son of Silas Moore and Caroline Pemberton. Anna was born in Canada.
Sources: Michael’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Michael Moore (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Michael’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Lois Elizabeth “Bessie” Moore (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com