Stephen Chbosky

by stlucas on October 26, 2017

Birth Name: Stephen Frederick Chbosky

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 25, 1970

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German [including Alsatian], some French, possibly other

Stephen Chbosky is an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director.

Stephen is the son of Lea (Meyer) and Frederick George “Fred” Chbosky. Stephen has a sister, Stacy, who is married to director John Erick Dowdle.

Stephen’s paternal grandparents likely were Stephen Chbosky and Anna K.

Stephen’s maternal grandfather was Ambrose John Meyer (the son of Jacob A. Meyer and Gertrude B. Heeg). Jacob was the son of John M. Meyer, who was from Moselle, Lorraine, France, and had German and French roots, and of Catherine Miller. Gertrude was the daughter of Albert Heeg and Elizabeth Stinner, whose parents were German.

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Alberta M. Maloy (the daughter of John Albert Maloy and Lucy Whalen). John was the son of James Maloy and Jane Kyle, who was Scottish.

Sources: Genealogy of Stephen’s maternal grandparents, Ambrose John Meyer and Alberta M. Maloy –

Obituary of Stephen’s maternal grandmother, Alberta M. (Maloy) Meyer –

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Angela Trimbur

by stlucas on October 23, 2017

Birth Name: Angela Denice/Denis Trimbur

Place of Birth: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 19, 1981

Ethnicity: Italian (maternal grandmother), English, Irish, Alsatian German, Swiss-German, 1/8 Slovak

Angela Trimbur is an American actress, comedian, and dancer.

Angela is the daughter of Lisa Marie (Garvin) and Scott P. Trimbur.

Angela’s paternal grandfather was Norman R. Trimbur (the son of Roy F. Trimbur and Florence L. McAllister). Roy was the son of Phillip Trimbur, whose parents were from Alsace, France, and Switzerland, and of Fannie/Fanny Virginia Mayall, whose father was English. Florence was the daughter of William M. McAllister and Lelia F.

Angela’s paternal grandmother was Elaine H. Raslavsky (the daughter of James F. Raslavsky and Eleanor Snyder). James was the son of Michael Raslavsky and Anna, who were born in either Hungary or Slovakia, possibly of Slovak descent.

Angela’s maternal grandfather was Robert Arthur Garvin.

Angela’s maternal grandmother was Carolyn Patricia Porretta (the daughter of Peter Porretta and Phyllis/Phyllas Arcidiacono). Peter was the son of immigrant parents, who were likely Italian. Phyllis also had Italian ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Angela’s father –

Obituary of Angela’s paternal grandmother, Elaine H. (Raslavsky) Trimbur –

Obituary of Angela’s maternal great-grandfather, Peter Porretta –

Obituary of Angela’s maternal great-grandmother, Phyllis/Phyllas (Arcidiacono) Porretta –

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Steve Howey

by stlucas on October 4, 2017

Birth Name: Steve Michael Robert Howey

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 12, 1977

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, German [including Alsatian]

Steve Howey is an American film and television actor. Steve is married to actress Sarah Shahi, with whom he has three children.

Steve is the son of Carla Sue (Novinger/Ovinger) and William Duncan “Bill” Howey. Steve’s mother is mostly of English and German descent, and Steve’s wife has mentioned (06:48) that Steve also has Scottish roots.

Steve’s maternal grandfather was Harry E. Novinger (the son of Isaac Milton Novinger and Fannie Jane Eitel). Isaac was the son of Daniel Michael Dewalt Novinger and Elnora Jane Bozarth. Fannie was the daughter of John Frederick Eitel, whose parents were German, and of Eva Weber, whose parents were from Alsace, France.

Steve’s maternal grandmother was Mary Louise Flentge (the daughter of John J. Flentge and Mary M. Mansfield). John was the son of John Edward Flentge and Hazel H. Perry. Steve’s great-grandmother Mary M. was the daughter of Jesse Mansfield and Belvia A.

Sources: Birth record of Steve Howey –

Marriage record of Steve’s parents –

Marriage record of Steve’s maternal grandparents, Harry E. Novinger and Mary Louise Flentge –

Genealogy of Steve’s maternal great-grandparents, Isaac Milton Novinger and Fannie Jane Eitel –

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Lisa Ann Walter

by stlucas on September 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 3, 1963

*German [including Alsatian] (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Lisa Ann Walter is an American actress, comedian, writer, and film producer.

Lisa is the daughter of Catherine Gloria (Pompa/Pampa) and Louis Simon Walter. Lisa’s father was born in New York, to ethnic German parents from France. Lisa’s mother was also born in New York, and has Italian/Sicilian roots.

Lisa has four children, including two with her former husband, actor Sam Baum.

Lisa’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Simon Walter (the son of Louis Walter and Marie Riosh). Joseph was born in Rosheim, Grand Est/Alsace, France, to a father from France and a mother from Germany.

Lisa’s paternal grandmother was Stephanie/Stephenie Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach (the daughter of Adolf Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach and Stephanie Riffel). Lisa’s grandmother Stephanie was also born in France, of German descent.

Lisa’s maternal grandfather was likely Domenico/Dominick Pompa/Pampa (the son of Antonio/Antonino Pompa and Caterina/Catherine Lagrutta/Lagrotta). Domenico was born in New York, to parents from Italy. Antonio was the son of Luigi Pompa and Rosa Maria Sacchetti. Caterina was the daughter of Domenico Lagrutta/Lagrotta and Cicilia Russo.

Lisa’s maternal grandmother was likely Vincenza Mansuetta/Mansueto (the daughter of Francisco Mansueto and Clotilde/Clatilda Venetti/Vinetti). Vincenza was born in New York, to parents from Italy. Francisco was the son of Yante/Santo Mansueto and Vincenza Spinelli.


Marriage record of Lisa’s parents –

Obituary of Lisa’s father –

Marriage record of Lisa’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Simon Walter and Stephanie/Stephenie Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach –

Lisa’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Simon Walter and Stephanie/Stephenie Ferrenbach/Fehrenbach, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lisa’s paternal step-grandmother, Barbara Schmitt –

Possibly Lisa’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of possibly Lisa’s maternal grandparents, Domenico/Dominick Pompa/Pampa and Vincenza Mansuetta/Mansueto –

Birth record of possibly Lisa’s maternal grandfather, Domenico/Dominick Pompa/Pampa –

Marriage record of possibly Lisa’s maternal great-grandparents, Antonio/Antonio Pompa and Caterina/Catherine Lagrutta/Lagrotta –

Marriage record of possibly Lisa’s maternal great-grandparents, Francisco Mansueto and Clotilde/Clatilda Venetti/Vinetti –

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by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Feist – WITNESS’ 20th Anniversary Focus for Change Benefit – Roseland Ballroom – New York City, NY, USA –  Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco / PR Photos

Birth Name: Leslie Feist

Place of Birth: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date of Birth: February 13, 1976

Ethnicity: German [including Alsatian], English, Irish, possibly other

Feist is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Feist is the daughter of Lyn and Harold Elmer Feist. Feist’s father is American, and is mostly of German, English, and Irish descent. Feist’s mother is from Saskatchewan, Canada. Feist has a brother, Ben, and they were raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Calgary, Alberta. Feist has dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship.

Feist’s paternal grandfather was Elmer Frank Feist (the son of Frank Joseph Feist, Jr. and Mabel Charlotte Fulton).

Feist’s great-grandfather Frank was the son of Frank Joseph Feist, Sr., who was from Baden, Germany, and of Mary Agnes Hildenbrandt, whose own parents were German. Feist’s great-grandmother Mabel was the daughter of Martin John Fulton, whose father was from France, and of Sophie Borsch, whose own father was from either Germany or France.

Feist’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Frances Cronan (the daughter of George Leslie Cronan and Etta Mae Benjamin). George was the son of Daniel Webster Cronan, whose parents, Patrick Cronan and Ellen Kelley, were Irish, and of Vina/Vienna Agnes Weller.


Birth record of Feist’s father –

Feist’s paternal grandfather, Elmer Frank Feist, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Feist’s paternal grandmother, Ruth Frances Cronan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –