Chase Bryant

by stlucas on June 24, 2018

 Chase Bryant – 51st Academy of Country Music Awards – Arrivals – MGM Grand Garden Arena Arena – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Birth Name: Chase Spencer Yaklin

Place of Birth: Nueces, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 9, 1992

Ethnicity: English, Austrian, German, Swiss-German, Scottish

Chase Bryant is an American singer and songwriter.

Chase is the son of Durhonda “Rhonda” Kaye (Bryant) and Bert Edward Yaklin.

Chase’s paternal grandfather was Ralph Bernard Yaklin (the son of Leo August Yaklin and Antonia Hempen). Ralph was born in Texas. Leo was born in Michigan, the son of Joseph Yaklin, who was from Austria, and of Christine Keeler, who was of German and Swiss-German descent. Antonia was born in Illinois, the daughter of German parents.

Chase’s paternal grandmother was Clara Jane Batts (the daughter of Joseph W. “Joe” Batts and Mary W. Poss/Posse). Clara was born in Texas. Mary’s parents were from Germany and Scotland.

Chase’s maternal grandfather was Jimmy Alvin Bryant (the son of Park Hohner Bryant and Ruby Faye Hock). Park was the son of George H. Bryant and Della Mae Minshew. Ruby was the daughter of Columbus Walter Hock and Ruby Stevens.

Chase’s maternal grandmother is/was named Della Emmie Brooks.

Sources: Birth record of Chase Bryant –

Birth record of Chase’s father –

Birth record of Chase’s mother –


Bryan Fuller

by stlucas on June 14, 2018

Bryan Fuller – Bravo TV’s “Tabatha Takes Over” Season 4 VIP Hollywood Premiere Party – Arrivals – Mr. Black – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Ruben Flores / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Lewiston, Idaho, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 27, 1969

Ethnicity: German, Austrian, Irish, English

Bryan Fuller is an American television writer and producer.

Bryan is the son of Betty (Scharnhorst) and Arthur L. Fuller. Bryan was raised in Clarkston, Washington.

Bryan’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Lewis Fuller (the son of Francis Julius “Frank” Fuller and Anna Reider/Roeder). Francis was the son of Sanford William Fuller and Permelia Jane Halsey. Anna was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, the daughter of Peter Roeder and Christine Gaeb.

Bryan’s paternal grandmother was Doris M. Deaveny (who likely was the daughter of Thomas E. Deaveny and Julia H. Gilchrist). Bryan’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Thomas Deaveny, who was Irish, and of Mary, whose parents were Irish. Julia was the daughter of Irish parents, with her father being James Gilchrist.

Bryan’s maternal grandfather was Louis Dedrick Scharnhorst (the son of Dedrick Christian Scharnhorst and Minnie Oldag). Dedrick was the son of German parents, Christian Scharnhorst and Frederika Neubauer. Minnie was the daughter of German parents, Johann Heinrich Ludwig Oldag and Maria Sophia Johanna Christiane Bartelt.

Bryan’s maternal grandmother was Mary Josephine Sprenger (the daughter of Joseph Sprenger and Catherina/Catheryn Margaret Evitts/Evits). Joseph was from Germany. Catherina was born in Idaho, to parents from Austria, Michael Evits and Katheryn Kambisch.

Sources: Genealogy of Bryan’s father –

Obituary of Bryan’s father –

Genealogy of Bryan’s mother –


John Shiban

by stlucas on June 14, 2018

07/30/2012 – John Shiban – AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” Season 2 Premiere – Arrivals – Paley Center for Media – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

Birth Name: John J. Shiban

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 8, 1962

*Syrian (father)
*Austrian, Danish, English, Irish (mother)

John Shiban is an American television writer, director, and producer.

John is the son of Ramona Marie (Wustner) and John Roosevelt Shiban. His father was of Syrian descent. His mother had Austrian, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry. John is married to Janet, with whom he has a son.

John’s paternal grandparents were John Shiban and Anna. John and Anna were born in Syria.

John’s maternal grandfather was Lorenz Josef Wustner (the son of Franz Josef Wustner and Sophia Dorothea Paulsen). Lorenz was born in North Dakota. Franz was born in Austria, the son of Lorenz Wustner and Rosina Mangeng. Sophia was born in Vamdrup, Denmark.

John’s maternal grandmother was named Rubie Hines/Haines Ward (who likely was the daughter of Roy Otis Ward and Katherine Delnore Madigan). Roy was born in Iowa, the son of William W. Ward and Ella Letitia Haines. Katherine was born in Canada.

Sources: Birth record of John Shiban –

John’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s mother –

Obituary of John’s uncle (mother’s brother), Lorenz Franz “Larry” Wustner –


Jennifer Wayne

by madman on June 9, 2018

Jennifer Wayne – 51st Academy of Country Music Awards – Arrivals – MGM Grand Garden Arena Arena – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Birth Name: Jennifer Anne Kuhle

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 1, 1982

Ethnicity: Peruvian (maternal grandmother), German, Irish, Swedish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/32 Swiss and/or Austrian

Jennifer Wayne is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is the daughter of Aissa Wayne and Earl Lawrence Kuhle II.

Jennifer’s father was of German, one quarter Irish, one quarter Swedish, and one sixteenth Swiss and/or Austrian, descent. Her mother was of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Irish ancestry on one side, and Peruvian on the other.

Her cousin is actor and producer Brendan Wayne.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was Earl Lawrence Kuhle (the son of August/Augustus Henry Kuhle and Elizabeth Rosella Lacy). Earl was born in Illinois. August was the son of German parents, Ferdinand Herman Kuhle and Christiana Jane Keister, who was possibly born in Czechoslovakia. Elizabeth was the daughter of Irish parents, John Lacy and Margaret Ryan.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was June Audrey Bilgere (the daughter of Charles Clarence Bilgere and Agnes Wilhelmine Johanson). June was born in Illinois. Charles’ father, Michael John Bilgere/Bilgeri, was born in Illinois, to a Swiss and/or Austrian father, and a German mother. Charles’ mother, Susan C. Schlader, was born in Alsace, France, of ethnic German descent. Jennifer’s great-grandmother Agnes was born in Wisconsin, to Swedish parents, Alfred Johanson and Wilhelmine Erickson.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was actor, director, and producer John Wayne (born Marion Robert Morrison, the son of Clyde Leonard Morrison and Mary Alberta Brown). John was born in Iowa. Clyde was the son of Marion Mitchell Morrison and Wealtha Chase Parsons, and had English and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry. Mary was the daughter of Robert Emmet Brown, who had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry, and of Margaret Cullenan or Kennedy, who was Irish.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was actress Pilar Pallete (the daughter of Miguel Arturo Pallete and Carmela). Pilar was born in Paita, Peru.

Sources: Genealogy of Jennifer’s father (through his brother, Michael Alfred Kuhle) –

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, Earl Lawrence Kuhle, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Earl Lawrence Kuhle on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother, June Audrey Bilgere, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles Clarence Bilgere, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Charles Clarence Bilgere on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jennifer Wayne (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, John Wayne –

Genealogies of Jennifer’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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Alex Frnka

by stlucas on June 5, 2018

Alex Frnka – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Alexandra Nicole Frnka

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 16, 1988

*62.5% Czech
*12.5% Austrian
*12.5% Danish
*12.5% English, possibly other

Alex Frnka is an American actress.

Alex is the daughter of Madgalene Michele (Divin) and Randy Leroy Frnka. Alex’s father has Czech, Austrian, English, and Danish ancestry. Alex’s mother is of Czech descent.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was Leroy James Frnka (the son of Frank William Frnka, Jr. and Laura Kosler). Alex’s great-grandfather Frank was the son of Frank William Frnka, Sr., whose parents were from Moravia, and of Frances Marie Horak, whose parents were from Bohemia. Laura was the daughter of Frank Joe Kosler, who was from Austria, and of Alouisa/Alouisia Guenther, whose parents were from Austria. Frank was listed as a German speaker on the 1920 U.S. Census.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Gevonna Claudette Hickey (the daughter of Claud/Claude Charles Hickey and Astrid Elenora Hansen). Claud was the son of Charlie Augusta Hickey and Mattie Irene Wilson. Astrid was the daughter of Robert Peter Hansen, who was Danish, and of Thumine/Tomene/Tammie Nicolena “Minnie” E., whose parents were Danish.

Alex’s maternal grandfather was Charles Marion Divin (the son of Charles John Divin and Mary C. Krenek). Alex’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of John P. Divin, who was Czech, and of Frances Bubela, whose parents were Czech. Mary was the daughter of Czech parents from Bohemia, Joseph “Joe” Krenek and Mary Shimek.

Alex’s maternal grandmother was Agnes Antonio/Antonia Urban (the daughter of Joseph F. Urban and Lillian Judith Sovcek/Svrcek). Joseph was the son of John Louis Urban, who was born at sea to parents from Bohemia, and of Veronika/Varoncka Vaclavik, who was Czech. Lillian was the daughter of Joe Svrcek, whose parents were Czech, and of Louise/Louisa Vykukal, whose parents were also Czech.

Sources: Birth record of Alex Frnka –

Birth record of Alex’s father –

Birth record of Alex’s paternal grandfather –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal great-grandparents, Frank William Frnka, Jr. and Laura Kosler –

Birth record of Alex’s mother –