Aki Kaurismäki

by andrew on September 21, 2017

Birth Name: Aki Olavi Kaurismäki

Place of Birth: Orimattila, Finland

Date of Birth: 4 April, 1957

Ethnicity: Finnish

Aki Kaurismäki is a Finnish filmmaker. His older brother, Mika Kaurismäki, is also a filmmaker. Aki is married to Paula Oinonen.

Photo by Denis Makarenko/


Amy Hill

by stlucas on September 11, 2017

Amy Hill – 2nd Annual CAPE Poker Tournament – Arrivals – The W Hotel – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Amy Marie Hill

Place of Birth: Deadwood, South Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 9, 1953

*Finnish (father)
*Japanese (mother)

Amy Hill is an American stand-up comedian and actress.

Amy is the daughter of Ayako (Yoneoka) and Archie Russell Chester Hill. Amy’s father was born in South Dakota. Amy’s mother was from Kumamoto, Japan, and moved to the U.S. in 1952. Amy has a daughter, Penelope, who has performed with her.

Amy has stated:

My mom was an immigrant Japanese war bride with thick accent who insisted on putting Japanese food in my lunch. I went to an all-white elementary school with a white collar population. My dad was blue collar Finnish American with a mid-western Finn attitude and accent who struggled to keep a job. We were super poor and I was shunned by most kids and disliked by some teachers due to the my mixed heritage. As I grew older and learned how the others lived, my parents and my family was closer to being All-American than any of the others.

Amy’s paternal grandparents were born in Finland. One of Amy’s great-grandmothers was named Kaisa.

Amy’s maternal grandparents were Torashiro Yoneoka and Umeka.


Amy’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Amy’s mother –


Richard Dean Anderson

by madman on August 18, 2017

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: January 23, 1950

Ethnicity: Finland-Swedish (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, French-Canadian, Irish

Richard Dean Anderson is an American actor and producer. He is known for his lead role in the television series MacGyver.

Richard is the son of Jocelyn Rhae (Carter), an artist, and Stuart Jay Anderson, a teacher. Richard’s paternal grandfather was born in Wisconsin, to Finland-Swedish (ethnic Swedes from Finland) parents. His paternal grandmother was of English, Scottish, and Irish descent. Richard’s mother has German, English, and French-Canadian ancestry.

Richard has said that he has Mohawk Native American ancestry on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was John Irenus Anderson (the son of John Anderson and Sophia Silvart). John and Sophia were ethnic Swedish immigrants from Finland. Richard’s great-grandfather John was the son of Andrew Anderson and Susanna Johandotter. Sophia was the daugther of Jacob Silvart and Susanna Gunard.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Verna Jane Hall (the daughter of Charles Frederick Hall and Jennie Margaret McGeorge). Charles was born in New Brunswick, Canada, the son of George Stillman Hall and Hannah E. Knight, who was born in Maine. Jennie was also born in New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Peter McGeorge, who was Scottish, and of Eleanor Kelly, whose father was Irish.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Thomas Carter (the son of Francis Marion Carter and Otilia/Otellia Emilie/Amelia “Tillie” Gust). Francis was the son of Thomas Henry Carter and Cynthia Ann Trenary. Otilia was German.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Hazel Marie Rodd (the daughter of Richard Edward Rodd and Clara Bell Gray). Richard’s great-grandfather Richard Rodd was the son of Charles A. Rodd, who was of French-Canadian descent, and of Susanna Steffers, who was German. Clara was the daughter of David W. Gray, who was Canadian, and of Mary Elizabeth Hammer, whose father was German.

Sources: Genealogy of Richard Dean Anderson –

Genealogies of Richard Dean Anderson (focusing on his father’s side) –

Richard’s paternal grandparents, John Irenus Anderson and Verna Jane Hall, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Richard’s paternal grandfather, John Irenus Anderson –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal grandfather, Ralph Thomas Carter (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Richard’s maternal grandmother, Hazel Marie Rodd –

Photo by cvanwagoner/


Nolan Sotillo

by stlucas on August 17, 2017

Birth Name: Nolan Andrew Sotillo

Place of Birth: West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 2, 1994

*Cuban [Spanish, possibly other] (father)
*Finnish, German, Bohemian/Czech (mother)

Nolan Sotillo is an American actor, singer, and songwriter.

Nolan is the son of Donna Marie (Lennertz) and Manuel Mauricio Sotillo. Nolan’s father has Cuban (including Spanish) roots. Nolan’s mother is of Finnish, German, and one eighth Bohemian/Czech, descent.

Nolan’s paternal grandmother was named Obdulia Caridad. Obdulia was born in Puerto Padre, Oriente, Cuba.

Nolan’s maternal grandfather is David George Lennertz (the son of George Peter Lennertz and Grace M. Schweitzer). Nolan’s great-grandfather George was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, Anton Lennertz and Angeline/Angela Lui/Lin. Grace was also born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Theodore Nicholas Schweitzer, who was of German descent, and of Emma Clara Benish/Benesh/Benes, whose parents were from Bohemia.

Nolan’s maternal grandmother is Cynthia Elizabeth Hill (the daughter of Raymond L. Hill and Aina M.). Cynthia is likely of Finnish or half Finnish descent.

Sources: (in Spanish)

Obituary of Nolan’s paternal grandmother, Obdulia Caridad Sotillo –

Information about Nolan’s maternal grandparents, David George Lennertz and Cynthia Elizabeth Hill –

Nolan’s maternal grandfather, David George Lennertz, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nolan’s maternal great-aunt (grandfather’s sister), Angela Grace (Lennertz) Harris –

Nolan’s maternal great-grandfather, George Peter Lennertz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Nolan’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emma Clara Benish/Benesh/Benes, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Death record of Nolan’s maternal great-grandmother, Aina M. Hill –

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Victoria Moroles

by stlucas on June 30, 2017

Birth Name: Victoria Marie Moroles Kangas

Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1996

*Finnish (paternal grandfather)
*French-Canadian, Polish, English (paternal grandmother)
*Mexican (mother)

Victoria Moroles is an American actress.

Victoria is the daughter of Suzanna (Moroles) and Kurt Alan Kangas. Victoria’s uncle (mother’s brother) was prominent sculptor Jesús Moroles.

Victoria’s father is American, and has Finnish, French-Canadian, Polish, and English ancestry. Victoria’s mother has Mexican roots.

Victoria’s paternal grandfather was Earl William Kangas (the son of Ernest Kangas and Seidi). Ernest was Finnish. Seidi was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Finland.

Victoria’s paternal grandmother was Irene Anne Abar (the daughter of Henry Abar and Clara Luczak). Henry was the son of Andrew Davis Abar, whose own parents were French-Canadian, and of Maria Morris. Clara was born in New York, to parents from Poland.

Victoria’s maternal grandparents were Jose E. Moroles and Maria. They have Mexican roots.

Sources: Birth record of Victoria Moroles –

Obituary of Victoria’s aunt (father’s sister), Bonnie Anne (Kangas) Locker –

Victoria’s paternal grandfather, Earl William Kangas, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Victoria’s paternal grandmother, Irene Anne (Abar) Kangas Johnson (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Obituary of Victoria’s paternal grandmother, Irene Anne (Abar) Kangas Johnson –

Victoria’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara (Luczak) Abar, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Victoria’s uncle (mother’s brother), Jesús Bautista Moroles –

Photo by kathclick/