Alicia Keys

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Alicia J. Augello-Cook

Place of Birth: Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 25, 1980/1981

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (maternal grandfather)
*English, Irish, Scottish (maternal grandmother)

Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer.

Alicia’s father, Craig Cook, is African-American, and Alicia’s mother, Terri (Augello), is caucasian. Alicia’s maternal grandfather was of Italian/Sicilian descent, while Alicia’s maternal grandmother was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, with several of her family lines leading back to Connecticut of the 1600s. Alicia is married to musician Swizz Beatz.

Alicia has stated that as she grew up in New York she never had to experience feeling “not Black enough” or “not White enough”. However, she became comfortable with her biracial heritage as it allows her to relate to different cultures. She has said, “A lot of people believe I’m part Jamaican, though I’m not. I’m definitely black and Italian and a little Irish or Scottish.”

Alicia’s paternal grandfather is named Michael Cook.

Alicia’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Lawrence Augello (the son of Michelangelo/Michael Angelo Augello and Mary Carmen Zaffina). Joseph’s parents were both Italian immigrants. Alicia’s great-grandfather Michael was from Sciacca, Province of Agrigento, Sicily. Alicia’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Giuseppe Zaffina and Rosa Scardamaglia, from Nicastro and Sambiase (now Lamezia Terme, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria).

Alicia’s maternal grandmother was Donna Jean Smith (the daughter of Thad T. Smith and Irma Margaret Heald). Thad was the son of Henry Harrison Smith and Mary S. Jordan. Irma was the daughter of George Webster Heald and Margaret Ruxton. Alicia’s grandmother Donna’s ancestry was largely English, with many roots in New England, going back to the 1600s, and some ancestors who lived in Canada. She also had Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Alicia Keys – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Alicia Keys (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://humphrysfamilytree.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Alicia’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Notations about Alicia’s Italian background – http://www.tempieterre.it
http://www.calabriansmostfamous.com

Alicia’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Lawrence Augello, on 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Giuseppe Zaffina – https://familysearch.org

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rosa Scardamaglia – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Alicia’s maternal grandmother, Donna Jean (Smith) Augello – http://www.legacy.com

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andrew December 30, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Giuseppe Zaffina: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KD41-ZR1

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rosa Scardamaglia: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF16-1X3

neiltennant December 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm

she looks better with bronze make up

without make up we all can see she is mixed and she does not look good ;-(

andrew October 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Alicia’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Lawrence Augello, on 1930 U.S. Census:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHSK-9QD

andrew October 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm

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