Rachel Keller

by madman on October 22, 2017

Rachel Keller – FX’s “Taboo” TV Series Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Rachel Rye Keller

Place of Birth: Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 25, 1991

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German, Irish, English, Scottish, distant French (mother)

Rachel Keller is an American actress. She is the daughter of Kelly Jeanne (Nightingale) Retka and Flint Hale Keller.

Rachel’s paternal grandfather is Stanley M. Keller (the son of Harry Keller and Rebecca Eberhardt/Eberhard). Stanley was born in Ohio, to a Russian Jewish father and to a mother who was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents. Rebecca was the daughter of Rachel.

Rachel’s paternal grandmother is Lissa M. Kane (the daughter of Carl Kane and Flora Neckarsulmer). Lissa was raised in Rexingen, in the Black Forest, Germany. Her Jewish family moved to the U.S. in 1939, to escape the Nazis.

Rachel’s maternal grandfather is Dennis Ronald “Denny” Nightingale (the son of Theodore Nicholas Nightingale and Marjorie Alma Conrath). Theodore was the son of Edmund Alexander Nightingale and Katherine Ann Eagan, who were born in Minnesota, both of them to Irish parents. Marjorie was the daughter of a man surnamed Conrath and of Clara M. Kelty, and had German, Irish, English, and French ancestry.

Rachel’s maternal grandmother is Jeannea Rae Smith (the daughter of Francis Joseph Smith and Harriet Rae Clendenning). Francis was the son of William Fayette Smith and Helena C. Probst, who was German.

Sources: Marriage record of Rachel’s paternal grandparents, Stanley M. Keller and Lissa M. Kane –

Rachel’s paternal grandfather, Stanley M. Keller, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Interview with Rachel’s paternal grandmother, Lissa M. (Kane) Keller –

Rachel’s maternal great-grandfather, Theodore Nicholas Nightingale, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Rachel’s maternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Alma Conrath, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Rachel’s maternal grandmother, Jeannea Rae Smith (through Jeannea’s brother, Francis Carson Smith; focusing on her own father’s side) –

Rachel’s maternal great-grandfather, Francis Joseph Smith, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Shalim Ortiz

by madman on October 22, 2017

Shalim Ortiz – People en Espanol Celebrates 12th Annual 50 Most Beautiful Issue – Arrivals – Mansion New York – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Shalim Gerardo Ortiz Goyco

Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: February 26, 1979

*Puerto Rican (father)
*Dominican Republic, Spanish, distant French, Russian, and Montenegrin (mother)

Shalim Ortiz is a Puerto Rican singer and actor.

Shalim is the son of Charytín Goyco, a singer, television hostess, and actress, and Elín Ortiz (María del Rosario Goico Rodríguez), an actor, comedian, and producer. His father was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His mother is from the Dominican Republic, and has a Spanish mother and a Dominican Republic father, who has Spanish, French, Russian, and Montenegrin ancestry.

Shalim is married to Leslie Ann Machado, with whom he has a son.

Shalim’s maternal grandfather was Salvador Goico Morel (the son of Felipe Augusto Goico Martínez and Isabel Emilia Morel Bobadilla). Felipe was the son of Genaro Goico Cebollero and Matilde Martínez. Isabel was the daughter of Emilio Morel Peguero and Isabel María Bobadilla Resoller.

Shalim’s maternal grandmother was María del Rosario Rodríguez. María was born in Asturias, Spain.

Shalim’s Goyco line can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Gerónimo/Guennadiy Goicovich, who was born in Yugoslavia, of Russian and Montenegrin descent, and to his wife, Dolores Cebollero, who was Spanish, from Aragón, Spain.

Another one of Shalim’s fourth great-grandfathers, Emilio Morel Peguero, was born in France, and was a poet, lawyer, and journalist. Another one of Shalim’s fourth great-grandfathers, Juan Morel Doñac, was French.

Sources: Genealogy of Shalim Ortiz –

Notes on Shalim’s ancestors –


Coco Crisp

by bablah on October 21, 2017

Coco Crisp – Sean P. “Diddy” Combs hosts 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Boost Mobile Launch Party at Avalon Hollywood – Arrivals – Avalon – Hollywood, CA, USA -Photo Credit: richard shotwell / PR Photos

Birth Name: Covelli Loyce Crisp

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 1, 1979

Ethnicity: African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French, Spanish] (maternal great-grandmother)

Coco Crisp is an American professional baseball outfielder.

Coco’s paternal grandparents were Clarence Foscue Crisp and Sedalia Livingston.

Coco’s maternal grandparents are Milton Alexander Newton Jr. and Sheila Harriette Smith. Milton is the son of Milton Alexander Newton Sr. (son of William Montgomery Newton and Lucy Dail Caine) and Maude Esther Bullock (daughter of Lewis Bullock and Mittie Parker). Sheila is the daughter of Clarence Braden Smith and Wilda Clotilda Bush (daughter of Robert Bush and Reba Dubuclet).


James Parks

by bablah on October 21, 2017

James Parks – “The Hateful Eight” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / /

Birth Name: James Jean Parks

Place of Birth: Ventura, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 16, 1968

*English, some Irish and Scottish, remote German, Dutch and French (father)
*Scottish, likely other (mother)

James Parks is an American actor. His father was actor and singer Michael Parks.

James’ paternal grandfather was baseball player Harry Arthur Parks (the son of Silas Andrew Jackson Parks and Maude Ella Thornburg). Silas was the son of John Taylor Parks and Romancy Jane Miller. Maude was the daughter of William Henry Thornburg and Uella/Ella/Ellen B. Haines.

James’ paternal grandmother was Callie Adora “Bea” Dunwoody (the daughter of Samuel Henry Dunwoody and Alpha Udella Driver). Samuel was the son of David Seldon Dunwoody and Emma Clementine Medley. Alpha was the daughter of James Harry Franklin Driver and Adora/Ada Elizabeth Gray.

Sources: James’ paternal grandfather, Harry Arthur Parks, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

James’ paternal great-grandfather, Silas Andrew Jackson Parks, on 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of James’ paternal great-great-grandfather, John Taylor Parks –

James’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Romancy Jane Miller, on the 1850 U.S. census –

James’ paternal great-grandmother, Maude Ella Thornburg, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of James’ paternal grandmother, Callie Adora “Bea” Dunwoody’s, paternal side –

James’ paternal great-grandmother, Alpha Udella Driver, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Michael Parks

by bablah on October 21, 2017

Birth Name: Harry Samuel Parks

Date of Birth: April 24, 1940

Place of Birth: Corona, Riverside, California, U.S.

Date of Death: May 9, 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Ethnicity: English, some Irish and Scottish, remote German, Dutch and French

Michael Parks was an American singer and actor. His father was baseball player Harry Arthur Parks. He was married to Oriana Parks, until his death. He had two children, including James Parks, who is also an actor.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Silas Andrew Jackson Parks (the son of John Taylor Parks and Romancy Jane Miller). John was the son of William H. Parks and Sarah Taylor. Romancy was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Miller and Elizabeth Welch.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Maude Ella Thornburg (the daughter of William Henry Thornburg and Uella/Ella/Ellen B. Haines). William was the son of John Thornburg and Nancy Bailey. Uella was the daughter of John Haines and Sarah Ann Ross.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Henry Dunwoody (the son of David Seldon Dunwoody and Emma Clementine Medley).

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Alpha Udella Driver (the daughter of James Harry Franklin Driver and Adora/Ada Elizabeth Gray). James was the son of George Washington Driver and Samantha A. Boone. Adora was the daughter of Thomas Wesley Gray and Sarah Rebecca Evans.

Sources: Michael’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Michael’s paternal grandfather, Silas Andrew Jackson Parks, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal great-grandfather, John Taylor Parks –

Michael’s paternal great-grandmother, Romancy Jane Miller, on the 1850 U.S. Census –

Michael’s paternal grandmother, Maude Ella Thornburg, on the 1900 U.S. census –

Genealogy of Michael’s mother’s paternal side –

Michael’s maternal grandmother, Alpha Udella Driver, on the 1900 U.S. Census –