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, United States

*25% Swedish
*25% Czech
*50% German (including German-Austrian)

Mitch Hedberg was an American comedian and actor. He 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 maternal grandfather was Czech. The rest of Mitch’s ancestry was German (his paternal grandmother was American, for at least some generations, and his maternal grandmother’s parents were from Austria or Germany).

Mitch’s paternal grandparents were Jerry Olaf Hedberg and Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf (the daughter of Leo R. Schaff and William A.). Jerry was Swedish. Laura was born in Illinois.

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 Feig). Ann was born in Illinois, to parents from Austria or Germany. 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 –

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

Genealogy of Mitch Hedberg (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Mitch’s maternal grandfather, Otto Joseph Schimscha, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Draft record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Schimscha –

Mitch’s maternal grandmother, Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank Koenig and Margaret Feig –

Death record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandfather, Frank Koenig –

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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 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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