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 –

Photo by s_bukley/


Saara Aalto

by Manila on November 11, 2017

Saara Aalto – Inaugural DIVA 250 Awards – Arrivals – Cafe de Paris, Coventry Street – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Saara Sofia Aalto

Place of Birth: Oulunsalo (now part of Oulu), Finland

Date of Birth: 2 May, 1987

Ethnicity: Finnish, some Karelian

Saara Aalto is a Finnish singer, songwriter, and actress. She will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. She also garnered runner-up in the thirteenth series of The X Factor UK.

She is the daughter of Taina Katri (Marttila) and Markus Aalto.

Saara is engaged to Meri Sopanen. She was previously married to Teemu Roivainen.

Saara’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandfather, Stepan Klementjev.

Saara’s paternal grandfather is Eeli Alvar Aalto (the son of Pekka Mihailinpoika Klementjev, later Aalto, and of Hilda Matintytär Kaartinen). Pekka was the son of Mihail Iljanpoika Klementjeff and Anna Juhontytär Kaski. Hilda was the daughter of Matti Paavonpoika Kaartinen and Anna Vilhelmiina Matintytär Ristolainen.

Saara’s paternal grandmother is Airi Alina Rautiainen (the daughter of Kalle Pekka Rautiainen and Alina Augusta Virkkunen). Kalle was the son of Matti Heikki Jaakonpoika Rautiainen and Elsa Maria Pekantytär Karppinen. Saara’s great-grandmother Alina was the daughter of Paavo Antinpoika Virkkunen and Maria Tapanintytär Wimpari.

Saara’s maternal grandfather is Kalle Eenokki Marttila (the son of Matti Emil Matinpoika Marttila and Kaisa Sofia Kallentytär Marttila). Saara’s great-grandfather Matti was the son of Matti Heikinpoika Marttila (or Matts Henriksson Marttila in Swedish) and Valpuri Antintytär Harju. Kaisa was the daughter of Kalle Heikinpoika Marttila and Anna Aapelintytär Kokko. Saara’s great-great-grandfathers Matti and Kalle were half-brothers.

Saara’s maternal grandmother is Aili Jurkko (the daughter of Jaakko Jurkko and Saimi Kähkönen). Jaakko was the son of Olli Ollinpoika Juurikka (later Jurkko) and Greta Erikintytär Torvinen. Saimi was the daughter of Aapeli Heikinpoika Kähkönen and Tiina Hermantytär Jokelainen.

Saara’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandmother, Maalin Väisänen.

Source: Genealogy of Saara Aalto –


Chris Stapleton

by Manila on November 9, 2017

Chris Stapleton, Morgane Stapleton – 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – Arrivals – T-Mobile Arena, 3780 South Las Vegas Boulevard – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: PRN /

Birth Name: Christopher Alvin Stapleton

Place of Birth: Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: April 15, 1978

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Manx, Scottish, Swedish, Welsh, as well as remote Breton and Finnish

Chris Stapleton is an American country singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Chris’ father, Herbert Joseph “Herb” Stapleton, Jr., was a coal miner and electrical engineer, from Logan, West Virginia. Chris’ mother, Carol J. (Mace), worked at the local health department.

Chris is married to singer and songwriter Morgane Hayes, with whom he has two children.

Chris’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his 29th great-grandfather, Galfridas de Stapleton.

Chris’ paternal grandfather was Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Sr. (the son of Troy “Charley” Stapleton and Kate “Kattie” Stephens). Troy was the son of James William “Willie” Stapleton and Minerva Belle Kimbler. Kate was the daughter of Joseph Daniel “Dan/Joe” Stephens and Mary Ellen Colegrove.

Chris’ paternal grandmother is Minnie Osburn (the daughter of Wayne Osburn and Zell Toppins). Wayne was the son of Thomas Robert Osburn and Polly Ann Tomblin. Zell was the daughter of John Toppins and Harriet “Hattie” Queen.

Chris’ maternal grandfather was Alvin Nathan Mace (the son of Harry Millard Mace and Avis Ezenia Shawver). Harry was the son of Henry Mace and Agnes Roseann Edens. Avis was the daughter of Herndon Lindsay Shawver and Virginia Belle “Virgie” Cavender.

Chris’ maternal grandmother was Jatama Alegris O’Dell (the daughter of Curtis John O’Dell and Leatha Jane McCutcheon). Curtis was the son of Daniel Preston O’Dell and Cynthia Charlotte McCutcheon. Leatha was the daughter of William Elijah McCutcheon and Anna Jane Boley.

Chris’ matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandmother, Rachel Shroyer (c. 1794, Virginia – 1894, Nicholas County, West Virginia).

Sources: Chris’ birth record –

Obituaries of Chris’ father –

Birth record of Chris’ paternal grandfather, Herbert Joseph Stapleton –

Obituary of Chris’ paternal grandfather, Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Sr. –

Chris’ paternal great-grandfather, Troy Stapleton, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Chris’ paternal great-grandmother, Kate Stephens, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Chris’ paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Daniel Stephens and Mary Ellen Colegrove –

Chris’ paternal grandmother, Minnie Osborn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Chris’ paternal great-grandparents, Wayne Osborn and Zell Toppins –

Marriage record of Chris’ maternal grandparents, Alvin Nathan Mace and Jatama Alegris O’Dell –

Marriage record of Chris’ maternal great-grandparents, Harry Millard Mace and Avis Ezenia Shawver –

Obituary of Chris’ maternal grandmother, Jatama Alegris (O’Dell) Mace –

Marriage record of Chris’ maternal great-grandparents, Curtis John O’Dell and Leatha Jane McCutcheon –


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 –