Birth Name: Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez
Place of Birth: Chula Vista, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 4, 1995
*Mexican, including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican, and African (father)
*Filipino, including Aklanon (mother)
Jessica Sanchez is an American singer and songwriter. She was the runner-up on season seven of the singing show American Idol. Her father, Gilbert Cavazos Sanchez, is of Mexican descent (his ancestry includes Spanish, Indigenous Mexican, and African). Her mother, Edita Morandarte (Bugay), is originally from Samal, Bataan, in the Philippines, and has Aklanon ancestry.
Jessica’s maternal grandfather is pictured here.
Jessica’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her 9th great-grandfather, Diego Olivares, of Morón de la Frontera, Seville, Andalusia, Spain.
Jessica’s paternal grandfather was Alberto Sánchez Cavazos (later Albert Cavazos Sánchez, the son of Carlos Sánchez and Feliberta Cavazos Córdova). Alberto was a Mexican immigrant, from Monterrey. Carlos was the son of José Faustino González Garza and Albina Sánchez Martínez. Feliberta was the daughter of Antonio Cavazos Martínez and Macedonia Córdova Sevilla.
Jessica’s paternal grandmother was Margarita Garcia Garcia (the daughter of Quirino García Samarrón and Sara “Sarah” García Zertuche). Quirino was born in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, to Felipe García Cortés and Estefana Samarrón Ramírez. Sara was born in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico, to José Brígido García Andrade and Teodora Zertuche Peña.
Jessica’s maternal grandparents are Eduardo “Ed/Eddie/Edward” Medina Bugay (the son of Antonio Cruz Bugay and Rosa Medina) and Virginia “Virgie” Lim Morandarte (the daughter of Agapito Mares Morandarte and Magdalena Bartolo Lim). Agapito was the son of Bruno Morandarte and Paula Mares. Magdalena was the daughter of Lucio Lim and Mamerta Bartolo. The surname “Lim” is of Chinese origin. However, it is not clear if Jessica has Chinese ancestry.
Sources: Jessica’s father’s birth record – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Jessica’s paternal grandparents, Albert Cavazos Sanchez and Margarita Garcia Garcia – https://familysearch.org
Birth record of Jessica’s paternal grandmother, Margarita Garcia Garcia – https://familysearch.org
Birth Record of Jessica’s paternal great-grandfather, Quirino García Samarrón – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Jessica’s paternal great-grandfather, Quirino García Samarrón – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Jessica’s paternal great-grandmother, Sara “Sarah” García Zertuche – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Jessica’s maternal grandparents, Eduardo Medina Bugay and Virginia Lim Morandarte – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Jessica’s maternal great-grandparents, Agapito Mares Morandarte and Magdalena Bartolo Lim – https://familysearch.org
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