Elizabeth McLaughlin

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Elizabeth Sarah McLaughlin

Place of Birth: Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 2, 1993

Ethnicity: Finnish (maternal grandfather), Irish, English, possibly other

Elizabeth McLaughlin is an American actress.

She was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, the daughter of Kimberly “Kim” (Salmi) and Larry McLaughlin. Elizabeth was raised in Zephyrhills, Florida. Her siblings are Matthew and Nathaniel.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandparents were Arnold E. McLaughlin (the son of Arch E. McLaughlin and Mabel) and Iris Dean.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather is Reino Jacob Salmi (the son of Otto Salmi and Lydia Perkiö). Reino was born in Wisconsin, to Finnish parents.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother is Rachel Elizabeth McAllister (the daughter of Luther Allen McAllister and Ruth Gosnell).

Elizabeth’s parents are pictured here.

Sources: Obituary of Elizabeth’s brother, Nathaniel James McLaughlin –

Marriage record of Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents, Reino Jacob Salmi and Rachel Elizabeth McAllister –

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather, Reino Jacob Salmi, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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John Karna

by stlucas on March 6, 2017

Birth Name: John Timothy Karna

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 18, 1992

Ethnicity: Finnish (paternal grandfather), Irish, English

John Karna is an American actor. He was born in Houston, Texas, the son of James Timothy “Jim” Karna and Carol Anne (O’Brien). He has a half-brother, James Theodore.

John’s paternal grandparents were Rosemary Buckley and Oiva Johannes “John” Karna (the son of John Karna and Ida Sivonen). Oiva Johannes was born in America, to Finnish parents who arrived in the U.S. in the early 1900s.

John’s parents are pictured here.

Sources: Birth certificate of John Karna –

Obituary of John’s great-aunt (John’s paternal grandfather’s sister), Aino Caroline (Karna) McDonald –

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Koit Toome

by Manila on March 5, 2017

Place of Birth: Tallinn, Estonia

Date of Birth: 3 January, 1979

Ethnicity: Estonian, some Finnish, German, Russian, and Swedish

Koit Toome is an Estonian singer and musical actor. He will represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, along with Laura Põldvere. He previously represented in 1998, finishing 12th.

He is the son of Tiia (Vares) and Ain Toome. He is married to Kaia Triisa.

Koit’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Johann Tomassov.

Koit’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Johannes Tomassov (later Toome, the son of Johan Aleksander Tomassov and Vilhelmine Marie Sieber). Johan was the son of Konstantin Tomassov, who was of Russian descent, and of Maria Adele Klaman, who was of Finnish, German and Swedish descent. Vilhelmine was the daughter of Juhan Sieber and Leenu Tomband.

Koit’s paternal grandmother was Adele (later Aade) Helene Heinmann (later Hein, the daughter of Anton Heinrich Heinmann, later Hein, and of Ida Emilie Sarjas). Anton was the son of Karel Heinmann and Maria Heino. Ida was the daughter of Hans Sarjas and Kretha Kask.

Koit’s maternal grandmother was Laine Vares (the daughter of Eduard Vares and Julie). Eduard was the son of Jaan Vares.

Source: Genealogy of Koit Toome –


Nailea Norvind

by stlucas on March 3, 2017

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: February 16, 1970

*Dutch (father)
*Russian (maternal grandfather)
*Norwegian, Finnish, French, German (maternal grandmother)

Nailea Norvind is a Mexican theatre, television, and film actress.

She was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Nailea’s mother, writer, documentary producer, director, and actress Eva Norvind (born Eva Johanne Chegodayeva Sakonsky), was originally from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway, and was raised in Norway and France. She later moved to Canada and New York City, U.S., at the age of eighteen.

Nailea has two daughters, Tessa, an actress, and Naian Gonzalez Norvind, an actress and violinist.

Nailea’s father, whom she never met, is said to be Dutch.

Nailea’s maternal grandfather was Paul Vernstad (born Paul Pavel Alekseevich Chegodaev/Chegodayev Sakonsky). Paul was a Russian Prince, originally from Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, who moved to Norway as a refugee.

Nailea’s maternal grandmother was Johanna Kajanus (the daughter of Johannes Kajanus and Eugenie de Ribert). Nailea’s great-grandfather Johannes was the son of Robert Georg Kajanus, a composer, who was born in Helsinki, Finland, and of Johanna Müller, who was Norwegian, and had German and Norwegian ancestry. Eugenie was the daughter of Eugène de Ribert, who had French ancestry, and of Valborg Holmsen, whose parents were Norwegian.


Genealogy of Nailea Norvind (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Dylan Lee

by stlucas on January 24, 2017

Birth Name: Dylan Jagger Lee

Place of Birth: Malibu, California, U.S

Date of Birth: December 29, 1997

Ethnicity: Greek (one quarter), Finnish (one eighth), English, Russian, Irish, French, at least 1/2048 Powhatan Native American

Dylan Lee is an American model. He was born in Malibu, California, to Greek-born American musician Tommy Lee and Canadian-American actress and model Pamela Anderson. Dylan’s brother is Brandon Thomas Lee.

Dylan’s paternal grandfather was David Oliver Bass (the son of John Samuel Bass and Julia E. Sanders). David was American, and had English, some Irish and French, and at least 1/1024 Powhatan Native American, ancestry. John was the son of Josiah J. Bass and Alice E. Oliver. Julia was the daughter of Henry A. Sanders, who was of French and Irish descent, and of May E. Patrick.

Dylan’s paternal grandmother is Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou. Vassiliki is Greek.

Dylan’s maternal grandfather is Barry Anderson (the son of Herman Anderson and Marjorie Sherwood or Sherwin). Herman was of Finnish descent, and had family from Saarijärvi; he was the son of Juho Herman Hyytiäinen/Anderson and Rachel Evelyn Solmie. The surnames “Sherwood” or “Sherwin” are usually English.

Dylan’s maternal grandmother was Carol Grosco. Carol had Russian ancestry. One of her grandfathers was named Dale Jagger Grosco.

Dylan’s father is descended from John Bass, who was born in Suffolk, Virginia. John was the son of William Basse and Catherine/Katherine Lanier/Lanyere. William was the son of John Basse, an English immigrant, and of Elizabeth Nansemond, who was Native American, and a princess of the Nansemond tribe. Catherine’s ancestry is disputed. Some sources state that she too was a Nansemond Native American, while others say that she was born to English immigrants. While some genealogies list her as the daughter of John Lanier and Lucreece Bassano, this is not the case, as their only daughter, Katherine, died as an infant.

Sources: Genealogies of Dylan Lee –

Genealogy of Dylan’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Dylan’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Josiah Bass –

Genealogy of Dylan’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Arthur Bass –

Article about Dylan’s mother’s Finnish relatives –

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