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 most known for his role as Robyn Arryn in 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’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)

Lino is pictured with his parents here.

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 actor.

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

Wrenn’s parents have German, Austrian, Scots-Irish, Polish, Dutch, and possibly other roots.

Regarding her ethnic background, Wrenn has stated in an interview:

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 (the daughter of Everitt/Everett B. Aumick and Linda).

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

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

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Rebecca Wisocky

by stlucas on April 19, 2017

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

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

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Helen W. Pazucha (the daughter of Matej/Matey Pazucha and Helen Karabin). Matej and Helen were both born in Czechoslovakia, possibly of Polish and Slovak background.

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

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy J. Kromer. Her parents were Harry Franklin Kromer (the son of Frank Kromer and Pauline Stoneburner) and Bertha Mae Berger/Borger (the daughter of Edward Borger and Catharine Anne Mixsell). Edward’s parents were Jacob Borger and Elizabeth George. Catharine’s parents were Peter Mixsell and Susanna Kerchner.

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

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

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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Coco Vandeweghe

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Colleen Hutchins Mullarkey

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 6, 1991

Ethnicity: Irish, Belgian/Flemish, Austrian, German, Manx, English

Coco Vandeweghe is an American professional tennis player. She was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Robert “Bob” Kennish Mullarkey and Tauna Kay (Vandeweghe).

Coco’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Francis Xavier Mullarkey (the son of James Mullarkey and Florence). Thomas was born in New York, to parents from Ireland.

Coco’s paternal grandmother was Theresa Ann Mall (the daughter of John Sylvester Mall and Laura Kennish).

John’s parents were Alois Mall and Clara Holz. John was born in Colorado, to an Austrian father, and an American mother of German ancestry.

Laura’s parents were William Kennish (the son of Robert Kennish and Dora H. Skeels) and Martha Elizabeth Harshman (the daughter of Frank Nathan Harshman and Laura Ellen Bullard). Robert was born in the Isle of Man, to an English father and a Manx mother.

Coco’s maternal grandmother was Miss America 1952, Colleen Kay Hutchins. Colleen’s mother’s surname was Perry.

Coco’s maternal grandfather was basketball player Ernest Maurice “Ernie” Vandeweghe, Jr. His parents were Ernest Maurice Van de Weghe, Sr. and Mary Smith (the daughter of Rufus Smith). Ernest Maurice, Sr. was born in New York, to a father from Belgium, of Flemish descent, and a mother from Germany.

Coco’s uncle (mother’s brother) is basketball executive Kiki Vandeweghe.


Marriage record of Coco’s parents –

Obituary of Coco’s paternal grandfather, Thomas F. X. Mullarkey –

Genealogy of Coco’s paternal grandmother, Theresa Ann Mall –

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