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Nathan Keyes

by stlucas on November 16, 2017

Birth Name: Nathan William Gumke

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: November 28, 1985

Ethnicity: German, Finnish, Swedish, English

Nathan Keyes is an American actor.

Nathan is the son of Holly (Zarfoss) and Dale Gumke. He has a brother, Chris. They were raised in York, Pennsylvania.

Nathan’s father has Bessarabia German, Swedish, and Finnish roots. Nathan’s mother is mostly of German and English descent.

Nathan’s paternal grandfather was Raymond Frederick “Ray” Gumke (the son of Christian Gumke and Rebecca Weispfenning). Christian and Rebecca were born in Russia, and were Bessarabia Germans. Christian was the son of Michael Gumke and Sophia Russhardt. Rebecca was the daughter of Johannes Weispfenning and Anna Susanna Schneider.

Nathan’s paternal grandmother was Eileen E. Ritola (the daughter of William August “Willy” Ritola and Lillian C. “Lillie” Anderson). William was born in South Dakota, to parents from Finland, August Ritola and Hilma. Lillian was Swedish.

Nathan’s maternal grandfather is Robert W. “Bob” Zarfoss (the son of William S. Zarfoss and Pauline E. Foose). William was the son of Frank J. Zarfoss and Annie R. Pauline was the daughter of Earl M. Foose and Grace A. Foust.

Nathan’s maternal grandmother is likely named Patricia.

Sources: Genealogy of Nathan’s paternal grandfather –

Nathan’s paternal grandmother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nathan’s paternal grandmother –

Obituary of Nathan’s maternal great-grandmother, Pauline E. (Foose) Zarfoss –

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Angie Dickinson

by follers on October 3, 2014

Pioneers Of Television Photocall

Birth Name: Angeline Brown

Place of Birth: Kulm, North Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 30, 1931

Ethnicity: German

Angie Dickinson is an American actress. She is of German descent. She had a daughter with her former husband, composer Burt Bacharach.

Angie’s paternal grandparents were Henry Braun/Brown (the son of George Braun and Sophia) and Theresa L. Hutter (the daughter of Michael Hutter and Agathe/Agatha Marie/Maria Ludescher). Henry was of German descent. Theresa was German. Agathe was the daughter of Konrad Ludescher and Rosina Rist.

Angie’s maternal grandfather was Johann/John G. Hehr (the son of Adam Hehr and Katharina Hanschke or Brenner). Johann was an ethnic German immigrants from Bessarabia, Russia. Adam was the son of Adam Hehr and Katharina Sauter.

Angie’s maternal grandmother was Lydia Rast (the daughter of Daniel Rast and Friederike/Fredericka Weiler). Lydia was an ethnic German immigrant from Bessarabia, Russia. Daniel was the son of Georg Fredrick Rast and Friederika Hermann. Angie’s great-grandmother Friederike was the daughter of Friedrich Weiler and Margaretha Längert.

Sources: Angie’s parents’ marriage announcement –

Angie’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Landon Liboiron

by follers on August 3, 2014

2011 Fox All-Star Party

Place of Birth: Jenner, Alberta (lkely)

Date of Birth: January 5, 1992

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, Polish, German, Swiss-German

Landon Liboiron is a Canadian actor. He is the son of Lorraine Mack Liboiron, an artist, and Marcel Liboiron. His father is of half French-Canadian and half Polish ancestry. His mother is of at least part German and Swiss-German descent.

Landon’s paternal grandfather was Jacques Saul “Jim” Liboiron (the son of Azarie Liboiron and Blandine Cloutier). Jacques was French-Canadian. Azarie was the son of Joseph Liboiron and Emma Hamelin.

Landon’s paternal grandmother was Anne Marie Dzus/Juss (the daughter of William Dzus/Juss and Mary Osadczuk). Anne’s parents were Polish. Mary was born in Trembowla, Poland, the daughter of Jan Osadczuk and Agnes.

Landon’s maternal grandfather was named John William Mack. John was born in Brandon, Manitoba.

Landon’s maternal grandmother was Marjorie Hillenberg (the daughter of John Gerhard/Gerhart Hillenberg and Dorothea “Dora” Weiss). Marjorie was born in Alberta. John was born in Wisconsin, U.S., the son of Charles Hillenberg, whose parents were German, and of Margaret/Margaretha Engler, whose parents were Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Dorothea was born in Alt Posttal, Bessarabia, Russia, the daughter of Johann/John Weiss, Sr. and Barbara Heidinger, who were ethnic Germans.

Sources: Genealogies of Landon Liboiron (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Landon’s paternal grandfather, Jacques Saul “Jim” Liboiron –

Obituary of Landon’s paternal grandmother, Anne Marie (Dzus/Juss) Liboiron –

Obituary of Landon’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary (Osadczuk) Dzus/Juss –

Genealogy of Landon’s maternal grandmother, Marjorie (Hillenberg) Mack –

Obituary of Landon’s maternal grandmother, Marjorie (Hillenberg) Mack –

Landon’s maternal great-grandfather, John Gerhard/Gerhart Hillenberg, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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Chris Isaak

by andrew on January 23, 2014

18th Annual MTV Movie Awards - Press Room

Birth Name: Christopher Joseph Isaak

Place of Birth: San Joaquin, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 26, 1956

*Bessarabia German (father)
*Italian (mother)

Chris Isaak is an American rock musician and actor. He is known for the song “Wicked Game”. His father, Joe Isaak, was of Bessarabia German ancestry (ethnic Germans living in Bessarabia). His mother is of Italian descent, with her family being from Liguria.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was John Thomas Isaak (the son of Gottfried C. Isaak and Caroline J. Leischner). John was born in North Dakota, to ethnic German parents, born in Bessarabia, then in the Russian Empire (now Pidhirne, Odessa). Gottfried was the son of Christian Isaak and Karoline Kuehn. Chris’s great-grandmother Caroline was the daughter of Johann Leischner and Louise/Louisa Grosz.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Helen Ann Schneider (the daughter of Henry Alex Peter Schneider and Kathernia Weideman). Helen was born in Canada, to ethnic German parents from Russia. Katherina was the daughter of Conrad Weideman and Maria Catharina Olenberger.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Bill Vignolo (the son of Giovanni “John” Vignolo and Teresa Perazzo/Perasso). Ralph was born in California, to Italian parents. Giovanni was the son of Andrea Vignolo and Maria Sturla.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Inez Marie Bertolli (the daughter of Augustine Bertolli and Amelia Delamora). Inez was born in California, to Italian parents.


Genealogy of Chris Isaak (focusing on his father’s side) –

Obituary of Chris’s father –

Genealogies of Chris’s paternal great-grandparents, Gottfried C. Isaak and Caroline J. Leischner –

Genealogy of Chris Isaak (focusing on his mother’s side) –

History of Chris’s mother’s Vignolo family –

Chris’s maternal grandfather, Ralph Bill Vignolo, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Inez Marie Bertolli, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Garrett Hedlund

by Tulsagrl87 on January 11, 2011

Birth Name: Garrett John Hedlund

Place of Birth: Pennington, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: September 3, 1984

*50% Swedish
*37.5% German
*12.5% Norwegian

Garrett Hedlund is an American model, actor, and singer. He has had major or starring roles in the films Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers, Georgia Rule, Tron: Legacy, Unbroken, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, among many others.

Garrett’s father was of Swedish descent. Garrett’s maternal grandfather was of German descent. Garrett’s maternal grandmother was of half German and half Norwegian ancestry.

Garrett’s paternal grandfather was Martin Emil Hedlund (the son of Nils Emil Peter Hedlund and Brita/Bertha Larsson/Larson). Martin was born in Minnesota. Nils was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents, Jon Olsson Hedlund and Gertrud Jansdotter Sahlström. Brita was born in Sweden, the daughter of Jonas “John” Larson and Ingeborg Martensdotter.

Garrett’s paternal grandmother was Alice Christine Hedman (the daughter of Edwin Olaf Hedman and Johannah/Johanna/Hanna Hazelquist/Hasselquist). Alice was born in Minnesota. Edwin was born in Sweden. Johannah was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents, Gustav A. Hasselquist and Carolina Nilsson.

Garrett’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Albert Yanish (the son of Albert Joseph/John Yanish and Veronica Helen Berens). Eugene was born in North Dakota. Garrett’s great-grandfather Albert was born in North Dakota, the son of Anton Yanish (the son of Martin Yanish and Theresa/Theresia Ferdinger) and Mary/Marie H. Puhr (the daughter of John F. Puhr and Maria/Marie Bosch). It appears that Garrett’s great-great-grandparents Anton and Mary/Marie H. were ethnic Germans, from Geresdlak and Gerasdorf, Hungary, respectively. Garrett’s great-grandmother Veronica was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Peter Berens and Mary Schumacher; Peter was born in Minnesota, to German parents, John Berens and Gertrude Heuft, and Mary was also born in Minnesota, to German parents, Mathias Schumacher and Katharine Hormuth.

Garrett’s maternal grandmother is Ane Marie Bietz (the daughter of Gideon Theodore Bietz and Agnes Bouck). Gideon was born in North Dakota, the son of Gottlieb Bietz, Jr. and Ann Maria Mantz, who were ethnic Germans, from Bessarabia, Russia. Agnes was born in North Dakota, the daughter of Harald Martinsen Bouck, who was born in Glemminge, Østfold, Norway, and of Anne Olsdatter Kjelland, who was born in Sokndal, Rogaland, Norway.

Sources: Genealogy of Garrett’s paternal grandfather, Martin Emil Hedlund (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Garrett’s paternal grandfather, Martin Emil Hedlund, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Garrett’s paternal grandmother, Alice Christine Hedman –

Garrett’s paternal grandmother, Alice Christine Hedman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Garrett’s paternal grandmother, Alice Christine (Hedman) Hedlund –

Genealogy of Garrett Hedlund (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Garrett’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Albert Yanish –

Garrett’s maternal great-grandfather, Albert Joseph/John Yanish, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Garrett’s maternal great-grandfather, Gideon Theodore Bietz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Garrett’s maternal great-grandmother, Agnes Bouck –

Garrett’s maternal great-grandmother, Agnes Bouck, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Garrett’s maternal great-grandmother, Agnes (Bouck) Bietz –

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