Connor Franta

by stlucas on February 21, 2017

Birth Name: Connor Joel Franta

Place of Birth: Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 12, 1992

Ethnicity: Czech, German, English, possibly other

Connor Franta is an American Youtube personality, entrepreneur, and writer. He was originally born in Wisconsin, to Peter John Franta and Cheryl Lea (Nitz). He was raised in La Crescent, Minnesota, with his two brothers, Dustin and Brandon, and a sister, Nicola.

Peter’s surname is Czech. Cheryl’s surname is usually German.

His paternal grandparents were Paul Donald Franta and Agatha Elizabeth Kachel (the daughter of Peter Paul Kachel and Martha Irene Gospodar).

His maternal grandparents were Larry A. Nitz and Jeanne Sanderson. Jeanne’s parents were Gladys Montana Olsen (the daughter of Frank Christian Olsen and Caroline Blonner/Blauner) and Robert Lorin Sanderson (the son of Robert Blake Sanderson and Nellie Edna Brodrick). Robert’s parents were Frank Sanderson and Carrie Miller. Nellie’s parents were Everett G. Brodrick and Alice Fineham.

Source: Obituary of Connor’s paternal grandmother, Agatha Elizabeth Kachel –

Obituary of Connor’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Montana Olsen –

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Kim Matula

by stlucas on February 5, 2017

Birth Name: Kimberly Marie Matula

Place of Birth: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 23, 1988

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Czech, English, German, likely 1/32 French-Canadian

Kim Matula is an American actress. She is the daughter of Karin Marie (Finholt) and David Matula. She has a sister, Kristin.

Kim’s paternal grandfather was Thomas William Matula (the son of Frank John Matula and Mary Ann Peters). Frank was the son of Louis Lawrence Matula, who was born in Czechoslovakia, and of Emelie Pazderny, whose parents were Czech. Mary Ann was the daughter of Ludwig Frank Peters, whose parents were ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia, and of Agnes A. Steffek, whose parents were Czech.

Kim’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Gaye/Gay Stinson (the daughter of Conley Aaron Stinson and Vera Irene Sifford). Vera was the daughter of Edward “Eddie” Byron Sifford and Gertrude “Trudie” Allen Reynolds.

Kim’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Kenneth Finholt (the son of Otto Finholt and Mabel Pauline Blihodve). Daniel was of Norwegian origin.

Kim’s maternal grandmother was Barbara Edith Dagger (the daughter of Kenneth James Dagger and Marie Nell Neuman/Newman). Kenneth was the son of Harry E. Dagger, who was English, and of Ethel L. Masson, who was born in Toronto, Canada, to a Canadian (likely French-Canadian) father, and an English mother. Marie Nell was the daughter of Ernest Neuman, who was of German descent, and of Minnie Marie Grein/Green.

Kim’s mother has stated:

Hello fans in Norway! Kim Matula is my daughter, and we have Norwegian ancestry. My Grandmother, Mabel Blihovde was born in Norway in 1902. I’m told that my maiden name, Finholt, means “fine grove of trees”. Thanks for watching B&B in Norway.

According to Mabel’s genealogy and obituary, she was born in Wisconsin, to first-generation American parents, Sever Arthur Blihodve and Olava Galstad, whose own parents were all born in Norway.

Kim’s mother is pictured here.

Sources: Genealogy of Kim’s paternal great-grandparents, Frank John Matula and Mary Ann Peters –

Genealogy of Kim’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Edward “Eddie” Byron Sifford (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Kim’s maternal great-grandmother, Mable Pauline Blihovde –

Obituary of Kim’s maternal great-grandmother, Mable Pauline (Blihovde) Finholt –

Kim’s maternal great-grandfather, Kenneth James Dagger, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Kim’s maternal great-grandmother, Marie Nell Neuman/Newman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Marie Nell Neuman/Newman on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Kim’s maternal great-grandmother, Marie Nell (Neuman/Newman) Dagger –

Photo by kathclick/


Bradley Nowell

by madman on January 31, 2017

Birth Name: Bradley James Nowell

Place of Birth: Long Beach, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 22, 1968

Place of Death: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Death: May 25, 1996

Ethnicity: English, German, Irish, 1/16th Czech (Bohemian), as well as small amounts of Scottish, Dutch, distant Welsh, French, and Swiss-German

Bradley Nowell was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He was the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Sublime.

Bradley was the son of Nancy Loiuse (Shomler) and James Arthur Nowell. His ancestry included English, German, Irish, 1/16th Czech (Bohemian), as well as small amounts of Scottish, Dutch, and distant Welsh, French, and Swiss-German. Additionally, one of Bradley’s 9th great-grandmothers, Jane Sandusky, was said to be a Native American princess, although it does not appear to exist any particular evidence for this.

Bradley’s paternal grandfather was Louis Ray Nowell (the son of Oliver Nowell and Minnie Gordon). Bradley’s grandfather Louis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to a Mormon family. Oliver was the son of Oliver Nowell and Mary Newton, whose parents were English. Minnie was the daughter of John Henry Gordon, who was English, and Mary Rebecca Bolton.

Bradley’s paternal grandmother was Maxine Dolores Barlow (the son of Edmund/Edward/Edwin Joseph Barlow and Irene Mildred Blahna). Edmund was the son of John H. Barlow, whose parents were Irish, and Emma H., whose parents were German. Irene was the daughter of Peter Blahna, who was born in Crawford, Wisconsin, to Czech parents, and Mary Jane, who was born in Manitoulin, Ontario, Canada, and had an Irish father.

Bradley’s maternal grandfather was Myron Shomler (the son of Florence Isaac Shomler and Frances Maud Darling). Florence was the son of Florence Shomler, who was German, and Lucretia E. Noe. Frances was the daughter of Gilivan Edson Darling and Roselvina Stephens.

Bradley’s maternal grandmother was Annie Louise Carroll (the son of Almeron Edgar Carroll and Annie Mary Gribble). Almeron was the son of Luke Carroll, who was Canadian, and Louisa Olive Patrick. Annie was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of English parents, William Henry Gribble and Ann Wimperis.

Source: Genealogy of Bradley Nowell – 

Genealogy of Bradley’s maternal grandmother, Annie Louise Carroll (through her sister, Virginia Eileen Carroll) –

Genealogies of Bradley’s great-grandfather, Florence Isaac Shomler –

Genealogies of Bradley’s great-grandmother, Frances Maud Darling –

Genealogy of Bradley’s great-great-grandfather, Luke Carroll – 

Bradley’s great-grandmother, Irene Mildred Blahna, on the 1905 Wisconsin Census – 

Bradley’s great-grandfather, Edmund/Edward/Edwin Joseph Barlow, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Edmund/Edward/Edwin on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Ksenia Sobchak

by wanderer on January 29, 2017

Birth Name: Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak

Place of Birth: St. Petersburg, Russia

Date of Birth: 5 November, 1981

Ethnicity: Polish, Czech, Russian, Ukrainian, Ashkenazi Jewish

Ksenia Sobchak is a Russian television anchor, journalist, socialite, and actress.

Her father, Anatoly Sobchak, a politician, was Mayor of Saint Petersburg, from 1991 to 1996, and co-wrote the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Her mother, Lyudmila Narusova, is a politician, who was a member of the Federation Council of Russia, representing Tyva Republic and Bryansk Oblast. Her father was of Polish, Czech, Russian, and Ukrainian descent. Her mother is of Russian and Jewish origin. She identifies herself as of Jewish heritage, but not religiously.

Ksenia’s paternal grandfather is Aleksander Antonovich Sobchak (the son of Anton Semyonovich Sobchak and Anna Ivanovna). Ksenia’s great-grandfather Anton was Polish. Anna was Czech.

Ksenia’s paternal grandmother is Nadezhda Andreyevna Litvinova (the daughter of Andrey Litvinov). Nadezhda’s father was Russian and her mother was Ukrainian.

Ksenia’s maternal grandparents are Boris Moiseevich Narusovich (the son of Moisey Narusovich) and Valentina Vladimirovna Hlebospolova (the daughter of Vladimir Hlebospolov). Boris is Jewish.


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Mitch Hedberg

by madman on January 12, 2017

Birth Name: Mitchell Lee Hedberg

Date of Birth: February 24, 1968

Place of Birth: Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

Date of Death: March 30, 2005

Place of Death: Livingston, New Jersey, United States

*25% Swedish
*25% Czech
*50% German (including German-Austrian)

Mitch Hedberg was an American comedian and actor. He was the son of Mary Ann (Schimscha) and Arnold Warren Hedberg. He was married to Canadian comedian Lynn Shawcroft, until his death.

Mitch’s paternal grandfather was Swedish and his maternal grandfather was Czech. The rest of Mitch’s ancestry was German (his paternal grandmother was American, for at least some generations, and his maternal grandmother’s parents were from Austria or Germany).

Mitch’s paternal grandparents were Jerry Olaf Hedberg and Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf (the daughter of Leo R. Schaff and William A.). Jerry was Swedish. Laura was born in Illinois.

Mitch’s maternal grandfather was Otto Joseph Schimscha (the son of Joseph Schimscha/Šimša and Anna Viska/Vyška). Otto was born in Czechoslovakia.

Mitch’s maternal grandmother was Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig (the daughter of Frank Koenig and Margaret Feig). Ann was born in Illinois, to parents from Austria or Germany. Frank was the son of John Koenig and Theresa Kohman.

Sources: Mitch’s paternal grandparents, Jerry Olaf Hedberg and Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Mitch’s paternal grandmother, Laura Ann Schaff/Schaaf, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Mitch Hedberg (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Mitch’s maternal grandfather, Otto Joseph Schimscha, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Draft record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Schimscha –

Mitch’s maternal grandmother, Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Ann/Anna Theresa Koenig on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank Koenig and Margaret Feig –

Death record of Mitch’s maternal great-grandfather, Frank Koenig –