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Robert Schenkkan

by stlucas on April 13, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Frederick Schenkkan, Jr.

Place of Birth: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 19, 1953

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish, Sephardi Jewish (father)
*English, Scottish (mother)

Robert Schenkkan is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor.

Robert is the son of Jean Gregory (McKenzie) and Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. Robert’s nephew (brother’s son) is actor Ben McKenzie.

Robert’s father was from a Dutch Jewish family, and had both Ashkenazi and Sephardi ancestry, including more distant German Jewish, English Jewish, French Jewish, Italian Jewish, and Iranian Jewish, ancestors. He was, however, probably raised Catholic (his own parents, Robert’s paternal grandparents, likely converted from Judaism to Catholicism). Robert’s mother had English and some Scottish roots.

Robert’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Abraham Juda Schenkkan-Levie, who was born, c. 1781, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and to Abraham’s parents, Juda Eliaser Levie and Roosje Isaac, who were born in Stuttgart, Germany.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Jozef/Joseph Schenkkan (the son of Levie Hyman Schenkkan and Roosje Ensel). Jozef was born in Amsterdam, to a Jewish family. Levie was the son of Hijman Abraham Schenkkan and Judic Levie Smit. Roosje was the daughter of Mozes Joseph Ensel and Sara Joseph Rimini, whose father was born in London, England.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Flora/Flortje Josephine/Josefina Van Der Zyl/Zijl (the daughter of John/Izak/Isaac Van Deziel/der Zijl and Anna Eva/Theresia Wolf). Flora was born in Amsterdam, to a Jewish family. John was born in Groningen, the son of Jacob Comprecht van der Zijl and Carolina Pinias van der Velde. Anna was the daughter of Levie Wolf, who was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and of Rosette Levij, who was born in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Robert’s great-aunt, Martha van der Zijl, died in Auschwitz (in 1943). Martha was the sister of Robert’s grandmother, Flora/Flortje Josephine/Josefina Van Der Zyl/Zijl.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was Francis “Frank” Clement McKenzie (the son of James E. McKenzie and Mary Anne Dahlia Sizemore).

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Alice Bell Beall (the daughter of William Joseph Bell Beall and Georgia Augusta Roberts).

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Schenkkan (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Obituary of Robert’s father, Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Robert’s father, Robert Frederic “Bob” Schenkkan, Sr. – https://www.genealogieonline.nl

Genealogy of Robert’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Hijman Abraham Schenkkan (through Hijman’s brother, Isaac Abraham Schenkkan) (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Greg Proops

by madman on February 19, 2017

Birth Name: Gregory Everett Proops

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Date of Birth: October 3, 1959

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Irish, German, Scottish (mother)

Greg Proops is an American actor, comedian, and television host. He is the son of Doris Olive (Savage) and Steven G. Proops. His father is Jewish. His mother, who was born in Mississippi, has English, Irish, German, and Scottish, ancestry.

Greg’s paternal grandfather was Everett Proops (the son of Solomon George Proops and Theresa Hartman). Solomon was the son of Isaac Proops, who was born in England, and of Matilda Deckinger, who was born in Germany. Therese was born in New York, to Czech Jewish parents, Karl/Charles Hartman and Eva/Elizabeth Adele/Adelheit Stadler.

Greg’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Adler (the daughter of Simon Adler and Anna Eltinger). Simon was born in New York, to German Jewish parents. Anna was born in New Jersey or New Jersey, also to German Jewish parents, with her father’s name possibly being Abram Eltinger.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was John “Jack” Brown Savage (the son of William Henry Savage and Louisiana Adeline Hyde). William was the son of James Anderson Savage and Jane Caroline Bagwell. Louisiana was the daughter of Eaton Davenport Hyde and Emily Jane Kelly.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Olive Mentie Wolfe (the daughter of James Monroe Wolfe and Arrah Mentie/Mente Strider). James was the son of Henry Ridley Wolfe and Laura Elizabeth Rainey. Arrah was the daughter of Henry Alpheus Strider and Araminta Howard.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Proops (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Greg’s paternal grandparents, Everett Proops and Beatrice Adler – https://familysearch.org

Greg’s paternal grandfather, Everett Proops, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Greg’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Adler, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Greg Proops (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://personal.ayrix.net

Genealogy of Greg’s mother – http://www.genealogy.com

Genealogy of Greg’s maternal grandfather, John “Jack” Brown Savage – http://www.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Greg’s maternal grandmother, Olive Mentie Wolfe – http://www.ancestry.com
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Gina Belafonte

by madman on December 26, 2016

Birth Name: Gina Deborah Belafonte

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: September 8, 1961

Ethnicity:
*62.5% Jewish (Ashkenazi, some Sephardi)
*25% Afro-Jamaican
*12.5% Irish and Scottish

Gina Belafonte is an American actress and producer. She is the daughter of actress and costume designer Julie Robinson and singer and actor Harry Belafonte. Her half-sister is actress and model Shari Belafonte. Gina is married to actor Scott McCray, with whom she has a child.

Gina’s father is of one half Afro-Jamaican, one quarter Dutch Jewish, and one quarter Irish-Scottish, ancestry. Gina’s mother is Jewish, of Russian Jewish descent.

Gina’s paternal grandfather was Harold George Belanfanti/Bellanfanti. Harold was born in Jamaica, the son of a Dutch Jewish father and a black Jamaican mother.

Gina’s paternal grandmother was Melvine Love (the daughter of William Love and Sarah Jane Clarke). William was a black Jamaican. Sarah was white, of Irish and Scottish descent, and was the daughter of Henry Clarke and Alice “Elsie” Allen.

Gina’s maternal grandfather was George Robinson (the son of Alexander Robinson and Sonia). George was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Alexander was the son of Leonid Seluba and Amelia. Sonia was the daughter of Sasha and Sophia.

Gina’s maternal grandmother was Clara Morrill/Morill (the daughter of Nathan Morell and Pauline). Clara was born in Rhode Island, to Russian Jewish parents. Nathan was the son of Dov-Berr Morell and Crainda. Pauline was the daughter of Abraham and Rebecca.

Sources: Genealogy of Gina Belafonte – https://www.geni.com

Information about the family of Gina’s paternal grandmother, Melvine Love – http://www.genealogy.com

Gina’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Shari Belafonte

by madman on December 26, 2016

Birth Name: Shari Lynn Belafonte

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: September 22, 1954

Ethnicity:
*Afro-Jamaican, Dutch Jewish, Irish, Scottish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Shari Belafonte is an American actress, model, writer, and singer. She is the daughter of actress Marguerite Belafonte (Frances Marguerite Byrd) and singer and actor Harry Belafonte. Her half-sister is actress and producer Gina Belafonte. Shari is married to actor Sam Behrens.

Shari’s father is of one half Afro-Jamaican, one quarter Dutch Jewish, and one quarter Irish-Scottish, ancestry. Shari’s mother is African-American.

Shari’s paternal grandfather was Harold George Belanfanti/Bellanfanti. Harold was born in Jamaica, the son of a Dutch Jewish father and a black Jamaican mother.

Shari’s paternal grandmother was Melvine Love (the daughter of William Love and Sarah Jane Clarke). William was a black Jamaican. Sarah was white, of Irish and Scottish descent, and was the daughter of Henry Clarke and Alice “Elsie” Allen.

Sources: Genealogy of Shari Belafonte (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Information about the family of Shari’s paternal grandmother, Melvine Love – http://www.genealogy.com

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Joe Shuster

by follers on October 29, 2016

Birth Name: Joseph Shuster

Date of Birth: July 10, 1914

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death: July 30, 1992

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joe Shuster was a Canadian and American comic book artist. Along with Jerry Siegel, he created the DC Comics superhero Superman (Clark Kent).

Joe was the son of Ida (Kotlarsky/Katharske) and Julius Shuster/Shusterowich. His father was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to Jewish parents from the Russian Empire. His mother was born in Kiev, Ukraine, then also in the Russian Empire, to a Jewish family. His family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., around 1924.

He was related to Canadian comedian Frank Shuster.

Joe’s paternal grandparents were Jacob Isaak Schustirowitz (the son of Izaak Schustirowitz and Anna Macen) and Rosa Galoen (the daughter of Levie Galoen and Hanna Jankelevitz). Jacob was born in Sevastopol, then in the Russian Empire.

Joe’s maternal grandparents were Shimon/Simon Kotlarsky and Chissie/Chisela Rovinsky.

Sources: Genealogy of Joe Shuster – https://www.geni.com

Joe Shuster on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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