Mitch Hedberg

by madman on January 12, 2017

Birth Name: Mitchell Lee Hedberg

Date of Birth: February 24, 1968

Place of Birth: Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

Date of Death: March 30, 2005

Place of Death: Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.

Ethnicity: Swedish (paternal grandfather), Czech (maternal grandfather), German, some English and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Mitch Hedberg was an American comedian and actor.

Mitch was the son of Mary Ann (Schimscha) and Arnold Warren Hedberg. He was married to Canadian comedian Lynn Shawcroft, until his death.

Mitch’s paternal grandfather was Swedish, and his paternal grandmother had German, English, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry. Mitch’s mother was of half Czech and half German descent.

Mitch’s paternal grandfather was named Jerry Olaf Hedberg. Jerry was Swedish.

Mitch’s paternal grandmother was Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf (the daughter of Leroy/Lee/Leo R. Schaff and Wilma Amelia Thompson/Thomas). Laura was born in Illinois. Leroy was the son of Louis Schaaf, whose parents were German, and of Sarah J. Simpson. Wilma was the daughter of Marshall Thomas and Lena Sarah Schmidt, whose father was German.

Mitch’s maternal grandfather was Otto Joseph Schimscha (the son of Joseph Schimscha/Šimša and Anna Viska/Vyška). Otto was born in Czechoslovakia.

Mitch’s maternal grandmother was Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig (the daughter of Frank Koenig and Margaret/Marguerite Feig). Ann was born in Illinois, to ethnic German parents from Hungary. Frank was the son of John Koenig and Theresa Kohman.

Sources: Mitch’s paternal grandparents, Jerry Olaf Hedberg and Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Mitch’s paternal grandmother, Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf (focusing on her father’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Mitch’s paternal grandmother, Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Mitch’s paternal great-grandfather, Leroy/Lee/Leo R. Schaff – https://www.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Mitch’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Louis Schaaf and Sarah J. Simpson – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Mitch’s paternal great-grandmother, Wilma Amelia Thompson/Thomas – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Mitch’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Marshall Thomas and Lena Sarah Schmidt – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Mitch Hedberg (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com

Mitch’s maternal grandfather, Otto Joseph Schimscha, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Draft record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Schimscha/Šimša – https://familysearch.org

Mitch’s maternal grandmother, Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank Koenig and Margaret/Marguerite Feig – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandfather, Frank Koenig – https://familysearch.org

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madman May 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

Louis Schaaf’s parents were German.
Lena Sarah Schmidt’s father was German.

Change the third paragraph to:
Mitch’s paternal grandfather was Swedish, and his paternal grandmother had German, English, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry. Mitch’s mother was of half Czech and half German descent.

https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=curly_locks00&id=I1269
https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/lee-roy-schaff_205260573
https://www.geni.com/people/Herbert-Thomas/6000000070191222086

madman May 19, 2018 at 6:24 am

I’ve found his grandmother on the 1920 census:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW1Q-LB5

Margaret Feig —> Margaret/Marguerite Feig

Ann was born in Illinois, to parents from Austria or Germany. —> Ann was born in Illinois, to ethnic German parents from Hungary.

Remove Austrian.

Follers, can you find anything more on his paternal grandmother?

madman January 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm

“Achimacha” can be removed. I should’ve realized it earlier, but it’s just a spelling error where the S’s in “Schimscha” were replaced with A’s.

Also, is there a picture?

ethnic January 29, 2017 at 11:55 pm

No luck with a pic sorry. the one wiki seems to be copyrighted.

madman January 13, 2017 at 1:57 am

Maybe I’m just way off as always, but the surnames “Feig” and “Kohman” made me wonder if Mitch had any Jewish ancestry (both names are prevalent in Israel according to http://forebears.io/). His maternal grandmother had a Cross on her grave though, so she at least wasn’t a practicing Jew. And her family lived in Illinois and Minnesota, which does not seem like a common destination for Jews.

bablah January 14, 2017 at 6:37 am

Don’t know about Feig, but Kohman is an occupational name not indicative of religious background.

madman January 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

Okay. It was mostly the slight similarity with “Cohen” that made me think regarding “Kohman”.

What do you think about “Schimscha”, “Viska”, and “Achimacha”? They didn’t strike me as particularly Czech surnames, but maybe I’m wrong. Could Mitch’s grandfather have been a German from Czechoslovakia?.

bablah January 14, 2017 at 9:37 am

Šimša is a Czech name. Vyška too.
Achimacha sounds like gibberish.

madman January 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

Thank you! That makes sense.

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