Ancestry of Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert's show The Colbert Report
appears on the Comedy Central Network. He appeared on the PBS series Faces of America
in February and March, 2010. Participants in the series, including Colbert, had their genealogy researched and an SNP analysis of their DNA (https://www.23andme.com/partner/foa/
Neither the DNA analysis nor the complete pedigree were made public. Through independent research we have determined Colbert's pedigree for a few generations.
The pedigree presented to Mr. Colbert on Faces of America
may have been in error concerning his Quinn ancestors who settled in Illinois. It was there in 1894 that Angeline Quinn married George William Colbert, Stephen's Great-grandfather. The Illinois marriage index website has transcribed the surname as "Garin", and this error was somehow perpetuated to an incorrect pedigree for this line. The ancestry is Irish in either case, so there is truthiness.