Birth Name: Renée Kathleen Zellweger
Place of Birth: Katy, Texas, USA
Date of Birth: April 25, 1969
*Swiss (including Swiss-German) (father)
*Norwegian, Finnish/Kveeni, Swedish, possible Sami (mother)
Renée Zellweger is an American actress and producer.
Renée’s father, Emil Erich Zellweger, was born in Au, a town in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and has Swiss-German ancestry. Renée’s mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), was born in Norway, of Norwegian, Finnish/Kveeni, and Swedish ancestry.
Many of Renée’s mother’s ancestors were from Sodankylä in northern Finland. During the 19th century, many Finns emigrated to Finnmark, in northern Norway; they are known as Kveeni, and both of Renée’s maternal grandparents were of part Kveeni descent.
Several internet sources state that Renée has some Sami ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented. Sami are Indigenous people who inhabit Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
Renée’s paternal grandparents were Emil Zellweger and Mickey Preisig.
Renée’s maternal grandfather was Ove Magnar Ingolf Andreassen (the son of Johan Edvard Charles Andreassen and Emma Ovidia/Ovidie Hansen). Ove was born in Norway. Johan was the son of Oluf Martin Andreassen and Fredrikke Mathilde Strand. Emma was the daughter of Oluf Bernhof Hansen and Ingeborg Martha Eriksdatter Jørstad.
Renée’s maternal grandmother was Bjørga Johanna Hildonen (the daughter of Isak Wilhelm Johansen Hildonen and Kathrine Jensdatter Hedlund). Isak was the son of Johan Daniel/Danielpoika/Danielsen Hiltunen/Hildonen and Johanne Kathrine Johannestyttär Kylmänen/Kullmann. Renée’s great-grandmother Kathrine was the daughter of Swedish parents, Jens Paulsen Hedlund and Brita Isaksdatter Bergstrøm.
Genealogy of Renée’s maternal grandfather, Ove Magnar Ingolf Andreassen – http://www.gareva.com