Filipe Luís

by andrew on October 21, 2017

Birth Name: Filipe Luís Kasmirski

Place of Birth: Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil

Date of Birth: 9 August, 1985

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Italian, Polish, Austrian, possibly other)

Filipe Luís is a Brazilian professional footballer.

Filipe Luís is the son of Moises Kasmirski and Sueli Stinghen. He holds Italian citizenship through his Italian great-grandmother.

His father has Polish and possibly Italian ancestry. His paternal grandfather is said to have escaped Poland during the Second World War.

His mother is described as having Austrian and Italian ancestry.

Filipe Luís’ maternal grandfather was Ivo Stinghen.

Filipe Luís’ maternal grandmother is named Elzira.


Obituary of Filipe’s maternal grandfather, Ivo Stinghen –

Photo by LevanteMedia/


Damon Berryhill

by bablah on September 8, 2017

Birth Name: Damon Scott Berryhill

Place of Birth: South Laguna, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 3, 1963

Ethnicity: English, African-American, Irish, Austrian, Hungarian

Damon Berryhill is a former Major League Baseball catcher.

Damon’s paternal grandfather was Gordon Arthur Berryhill, son of John Berryhill and Alice Keene. John was born in either Ohio or Ontario to Irish immigrants  John Berryhill and Jane Hodgins. Alice was born in London, England to William Edmund Brook Keene (son of Frederick Benjamin Brook Keene and Hannah Hay) and Fannie/Fanny Gillmore.

Damon’s paternal grandmother was Fay Wenonah Grant, daughter of William J. Grant and Orville J. Smith. It appears both William and Orville were African-American, though they are listed as white after moving from South Carolina to California.

Damon’s maternal grandfather was Howard Lester Patchen, son of Jay Judson Patchen and Adda Marie Woodruff. Jay was the son of Sylvanus A. Patchen (son of Jared Patchen and Augusta Tiffany) and Mary A. Crouse (daughter of John Crouse and Jane). Adda was the daughter of John Woodruff and Mary Ann Thomas.

Damon’s maternal grandmother was  Wilma Viola Forst, daughter of Eugene Frederick Forst and Kathleen Dane/Dennis. Frederick was born in Bohemia and was of Austrian descent, Kathleen was Hungarian.

Sources: Marriage record of Damon’s parents –

Marriage record of Damon’s paternal grandparents –

Damon’s paternal grandfather Gordon Arthur Berryhill on 1910 U.S. census –

Marriage record of Damon’s paternal great-grandparents John Berryhill and Alice Keene –

Damon’s paternal great-grandfather John Berryhill on 1880 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal great-grandmother Alice Keene on 1871 England and Wales census –

Damon’s paternal grandmother Fay Wenonah Grant (listed as white) on 1910 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal grandmother Fay Wenonah Grant (listed as black) on 1900 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal great-grandfather William J. Grant on 1880 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal great-grandmother Orville Smith on 1880 U.S. census –

Marriage record of Damon’s maternal grandparents –

Damon’s maternal great-grandfather Jay Judson Patchen on 1860 U.S. census –

Damon’s maternal great-grandmother Adda Marie Woodruff on 1870 U.S. census –

Damon’s maternal grandmother Wilma Viola Forst 1911 Canada census –


Andy Mientus

by stlucas on September 6, 2017

Andy Mientus – “Thanks for Sharing” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Andrew M. Mientus

Place of Birth: Ross Township, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 10, 1986

*Polish, possibly some Austrian (father)
*Irish, Italian (mother)

Andy Mientus is an American stage and television actor and singer. Andy is married to actor, singer, and composer Michael Arden.

Andy is the son of Jean Marie (Gleeson) and Robert J. Mientus. Andy has stated that he is of one half Polish, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Irish, descent.

Andy’s paternal grandfather was Joseph A. Mientus (the son of John/Jon Mientus and Annie/Anna Pokracki/Pocratsky). John was Polish. Annie was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Poland.

Andy’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Chernek (the daughter of Joseph Chernek and Elizabeth Steish/Steis). Joseph was from Poland. Elizabeth was born in Poland, to parents from Austria.

Andy’s maternal grandfather was Morgan Francis Gleeson.

Andy’s maternal grandmother was Mary Rose Lavachielli (the daughter of Matteo “Matthew” Lavacchielli/Lavachielli and Ernestina Costa). Matteo and Ernestina were Italian. Matteo was born in Tiedoli, Province of Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

Sources: Marriage record of Andy’s parents –

Obituary of Andy’s father –

Obituary of Andy’s aunt (father’s sister), Joanne (Mientus) Nedrow –

Andy’s paternal grandfather, Joseph A. Mientus, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Andy’s paternal grandfather, Joseph A. Mientus –

Andy’s paternal grandmother, Josephine Chernek, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Andy’s paternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), Harry T. Chernek –

Andy’s maternal grandmother, Mary Rose Lavachielli, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Andy’s maternal grandmother, Mary Rose (Lavachielli) Gleeson –

New York Passenger Arrival Lists record of Andy’s maternal great-grandfather, Matteo “Matthew” Lavacchielli/Lavachielli –

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Tobias Moretti

by andrew on September 3, 2017

Birth Name: Tobias Bloéb

Place of Birth: Gries am Brenner, Tyrol, Austria

Date of Birth: July 11, 1959

Ethnicity: Austrian, Italian

Tobias Moretti is an Austrian actor. He is known for his role on the television series Inspector Rex.

Tobias is the son of Waltraud Moretti and Harry Bloéb.

He speaks German, Italian, and English fluently.

Photo by Denis Makarenko/


Joanne Nosuchinsky

by stlucas on August 20, 2017

Joanne Nosuchinsky – 2013 Jacob’s Cure “Dream Big” Gala – Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco / 

Place of Birth: Freehold Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 26, 1988

Ethnicity: Ukrainian, Italian, Hungarian, possibly Austrian

Joanne Nosuchinsky is an American actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and television personality. Joanne was the winner of Miss New York USA 2013.

Joanne is the daughter of Marianne (Yavarone) and James “Jim” Nosuchinsky. She has stated that she has Italian and Ukrainian roots.

Joanne’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Nosuchinsky (the son of Anthony Nosuchinsky and Susie). Joseph was born in New Jersey, to a father from Poland and a mother from Hungary.

Joanne’s paternal grandmother was Emilie E. Bobrowski (the daughter of John Bobrowski and Antonina/Antoinette).

Joanne’s maternal grandfather was Anthony E. “Tony” Yavarone (the son of Anthony Yavarone and Antoinette Cappola). Joanne’s great-grandparents Anthony and Antoinette were Italian.

Joanne’s maternal grandmother was Maria Louise Landi (the daughter of Tullio/Tulio S. Landi and Mary E. Olier/Olero). Tulio was Italian. Joanne’s great-grandmother Mary E. was born in New Jersey, to parents from Austria, Andrew Olier/Olero and Mary J.


Joanne’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Nosuchinsky, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Joanne’s maternal grandfather, Anthony E. “Tony” Yavarone, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Joanne’s maternal grandfather, Anthony E. “Tony” Yavarone –

Joanne’s maternal grandmother, Maria Louise Landi, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Joanne’s maternal great-grandfather, Tullio/Tulio S. Landi –

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