Erika Slezak

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Erika Hermina Slezak

Place of Birth: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 5, 1946

*Czech/Moravian, Austrian, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Dutch (mother)

Erika Slezak is an American actress.

Erika is the daughter of Johanna Elisabeth “Kaasi” (Van Rijn) and Walter Slezak, who was an actor and singer. Erika’s father was from Vienna, Austria, and was of Czech/Moravian, Austrian, and Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Erika’s mother was Dutch. Erika was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Erika’s paternal grandfather was Leo Slezak, who was a tenor associated with Austrian opera. He was born in Šumperk, Czech Republic, of Moravian background.

Erika’s paternal grandmother was Elsa Wertheim (the daughter of Wilhelm Wertheim and Antonie Strassmeier). Wilhelm was Jewish, and was the son of Bernhard Wertheimer and Theresie Kann. It is not clear if Antonie was also Jewish.

Erika’s maternal grandparents were B. F. Van Rijn and Hermina Petersen.

Sources: Genealogy of Erika Slezak (focusing on her father’s side) – http:/

Marriage record of Erika’s parents, Walter Slezak and Johanna Van Rijn –

Obituary of Erika’s mother, Johanna Elisabeth (Van Rijn) Slezak –

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Lino Facioli

by stlucas on April 26, 2017

Birth Name: Lino Schmidek Machado Facioli

Place of Birth: Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

Date of Birth: July 29, 2000

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Austrian, Italian, Portuguese, German, possibly other)

Lino Facioli is a Brazilian actor. He is known for his role as Robyn Arryn on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Lino is the son of Claudia Schmidek and Cako Facioli. The family moved to London, England, U.K., when Lino was five years old.

Lino’s mother has stated on Twitter that she has German and Austrian ancestry. Lino’s father has Italian roots. The surname “Machado” is of Portuguese origin.

Lino is pictured with his parents here.

Lino’s maternal grandfather is Werner Robert Schmidek. Werner was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Anna and Anton Schmidek (the son of Anton Schmidek and Ernestine).

Sources: (in Portuguese)

Immigration record of Lino’s maternal grandfather, Werner Robert Schmidek –


Wrenn Schmidt

by stlucas on April 24, 2017

Birth Name: Melinda Wrenn Schmidt

Place of Birth: Lexington, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 18, 1983

Ethnicity: German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Austrian, Polish, Dutch, possibly other

Wrenn Schmidt is an American actress.

Wrenn is the daughter of Linda L. (McCord) and Roger Schmidt.

Regarding her ancestry, Wrenn has stated:

My dad’s German, obviously, and there’s also some English and Scotch-Irish and Polish and Austrian and a bunch of other things.

Wrenn’s maternal grandfather was John Thomas McCord, Sr (the son of Philip H. McCord and Alice J. Van Wyck). Alice was the daughter of William Ward Van Wyck and Carrie Ackerman. “Van Wyck” is a Dutch surname.

Wrenn’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Florence Aumick/Anmick (the daughter of Everitt/Everett B. Aumick/Anmick and Linda). Everitt was the son of Wilson L. Aumick/Anmick and Juliett Lockwood.

Sources: Genealogy of Wrenn’s maternal grandfather, John Thomas McCord, Sr. –

Obituary of Wrenn’s maternal grandfather, John Thomas McCord, Sr. –

Wrenn’s maternal great-grandfather, Everitt/Everett B. Aumick/Anmick, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death records of Wrenn’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Wilson L. Aumick/Anmick and Juliett Lockwood –

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Rebecca Wisocky

by stlucas on April 19, 2017

Birth Name: Rebecca Ann Wisocky

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

Date of Birth: November 12, 1971

Ethnicity: Polish, German, some English and Austrian, possibly Slovak

Rebecca Wisocky is an American actress.

Rebecca is the daughter of Sally A. (Samok) and Ronald “Ron” J. Wisocky.

Rebecca’s father is of Polish, and possibly Slovak, descent. Rebecca’s mother has Polish and German, along with some English and Austrian, ancestry, with roots in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Wels, Austria.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was John Joseph Wisocky. The surname Wisocky is likely Polish.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Helen W. Pazucha (the daughter of Mátyás/Matej/Matey Pazucha and Helen Karabin). Rebecca’s great-grandparents Mátyás and Helen were born in Czechoslovakia, and were possibly of Polish and Slovak background. Mátyás was the son of Márton Pazucha and Mária.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was Michael Samok. The surname Samok is likely Polish.

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy J. Kromer (the daughter of Harry Franklin Kromer and Bertha Mae Berger/Borger). Harry was the son of Frank Kromer and Pauline Stoneburner. Bertha was the daughter of Edward Borger and Catharine Anne Mixsell.

Sources: Obituary of Rebecca’s paternal grandmother, Helen W. (Pazucha) Wisocky –

Rebecca’s paternal great-grandparents, Mátyás/Matej/Matey Pazucha and Helen Karabin, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Rebecca’s paternal great-grandfather, Mátyás/Matej/Matey Pazucha –

Likely baptismal record of Rebecca’s paternal great-grandmother, Helen Karabin –

Obituary of Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy J. (Kromer) Samok –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandmother, Bertha Mae Berger/Borger –

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John Ratzenberger

by stlucas on April 11, 2017

Birth Name: John Dezso Ratzenberger

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 6, 1947

*Hungarian, possibly some Austrian (father)
*Polish (mother)

John Ratzenberger is an American actor, voice actor, and entrepreneur.

John is the son of Bertha Veronica (Grochowski) and Dezso Alexander Ratzenberger.

John’s paternal grandparents were Dezso/Alfred S. Ratzenberger and Elizabeth V. Toth (the daughter of Michael Toth and Anna Brodnar). Dezso was born in Hungary. Elizabeth was born in New Jersey, to parents from Hungary.

John’s maternal grandparents were Casimir Grochowski and Bronislawa Salomin.

Sources: John’s father, Dezso Alexander Ratzenberger, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s father, Dezso Alexander Ratzenberger –

Obituary of John’s mother, Bertha Veronica (Grochowski) Ratzenberger-Sewack –

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