Evan Dando

by madman on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: Evan Griffith Dando

Place of Birth: Essex, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Birth: March 4, 1967

*Welsh, English, German, French Huguenot, Irish, Swiss-German (father)
*Swedish, possibly other (mother)

Evan Dando is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the singer and guitarist of the rock band The Lemonheads.

Evan is the son of Susan (Schmedes), a model, and Jeffrey Dando. He has stated:

My family have a history of religion and addictions. My grandfather was a Jesus freak and an alcoholic. I never met him – nor did my mother, for that matter. I come from a weird demon spawn, a couple of weird Swedes and a Welsh person or something.

Evan’s father has Welsh, English, German, French Huguenot, Irish, and Swiss-German, ancestry. The Swedish presumably comes from his mother’s side.

Evan’s paternal grandfather was William Albert Dando (the son of Albert James Dando and Anna W. Griffith). Albert’s father was Welsh. Anna was the daughter of William C. Griffith and Laura K. Walton.

Evan’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peg” Ellis (the daughter of Raymond Grant Ellis and Helen Alberta Trapier). Raymond was the son of George Wilson Ellis and Anna Mary Light. Helen was the daughter of William Shubrick/Whindam Trapier and Mary Ann Roberts, whose parents were English.

Evan’s maternal grandmother was Hazel D. Schmedes.

Sources: Obituary of Evan’s paternal grandmother, Margaret “Peg” Ellis –

Obituary of Evan’s maternal grandmother, Hazel D. –

Genealogy of Evan’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Evan’s great-grandfather, Anna W. Griffith –

Genealogy of Evan’s great-grandfather, Raymond Grant Ellis (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Evan’s great-great-grandmother, Anna Mary Light –

Genealogy of Evan’s great-great-grandfather, William Shubrick/Whindam Trapier –

Evan’s great-grandfather, Albert James Dando, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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John Thune

by madman on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: John Randolph Thune

Place of Birth: Pierre, South Dakota, United States

Date of Birth: January 7, 1961

Ethnicity: Norwegian (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, distant Irish

John Thune is an American politician.

John is the son of Yvonne Patricia (Bodine) and Harold Richard Thune. His paternal grandfather was Norwegian. The rest of John’s ancestry is English, German, Scottish, and distant Irish.

John’s paternal grandfather was Nicholas Thune. Nicholas was Norwegian.

John’s paternal grandmother was Maude Luella Riley (the daughter of Henry Stephen Riley and Mary Jane Percival). Henry was the son of John Riley and Phredina Rawdon. Mary was the daughter of Warren Percival and Sophronia Eaton.

John’s maternal grandfather was Mahlon Leonard Leslie Bodine (the son of Marshall Erastius Sebastius Bodine and Margaret Isabelle Faulds). John’s grandfather Mahlon was born in Fingal, Ontario, Canada. Marshall was the son of Mahlon Bodine and Roxanne Wade, both of whom were born in Ontario, Canada, to American parents. Margaret was the daughter of Thomas Faulds, who was of Scottish origin, and Sarah Elizabeth Tuttle.

John’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Jane Miller (the daughter of Henry Miller and Ann/Anna Severin/Severien). Henry was born in Germany, the son of Henry Moeller and Sophie/Sophia. Ann was the daughter of John Severien and Dura Gobleby/Gobletry.

Sources: Genealogy of John Thune

Genealogy of John Thune (focusing on his mother’s side)

Genealogy of John’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side)

Genealogy of John’s paternal grandmother, Maude Luella Riley (focusing on her own father’s side)

Genealogy of John’s paternal grandmother, Maude Luella Riley (focusing on her own mother’s side)


Walter Cronkite

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr.

Date of Birth: November 4, 1916

Place of Birth: Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: July 17, 2009

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, 1/8 Scottish, English, distant Frisian and Dutch

Walter Cronkite was an American journalist, news anchor, and television and radio broadcaster. He was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the son of Helen Lena/Lina (Fritsche) and Walter Leland Cronkite.

His father has Scottish, German, English, and distant Frisian and Dutch ancestry. His mother was of German descent.

Walter’s surname “Cronkite”, can be traced back to Herx Siboutzen Krankheijdt, from Frisia, who married, c. 1642, Wijntje Theunis, from Naarden, in the New Amsterdam Colony (now a part of Manhattan, New York City).

Walter’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Cronkite (the son of Spencer Cronkite and Ruth Ann Pierce). Spencer was the son of Tunis Cronkite and Caroline Curtis.

Walter’s paternal grandmother was Anna Louise Prussia (the daughter of Jessie Benham Prussia and Anna Boyd). Jessie was the son of William Kephart Prusia, whose father, Christian Prusia, was German, and of Salome Benham. Anna was originally from Scotland.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was Edward C. Fritsche/Fritschie (the son of Edward Charles Fritschie and Magdalena “Lina” Gerold). Walter’s great-grandparents Edward and Magdalena were from Altenburg, Thuringia, Germany.

Walter’s maternal grandmother was Mathilda Renz (the daughter of August Renz and Helen Greiss/Graeif). August was from Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Helen was from Prussia.

Sources: Genealogy of Walter Cronkite –

Obituary of Walter’s maternal grandmother, Mathilda (Renz) Fritsche –

Photo by s_bukley/


Elizabeth Vargas

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Elizabeth Anne Vargas

Place of Birth: Bergenfield, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 6, 1962

*Puerto Rican [Spanish, Italian, possibly other] (father)
*Swedish, Irish, German (mother)

Elizabeth Vargas is an American television journalist and host. She was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey, to a Puerto Rican-American father, Rafael “Ralf” Vargas, and an American mother, Anne (Lammers). Elizabeth has a sister, Aimie, and a brother, Christopher Otis. Elizabeth was previously married to musician Marc Cohn. They have two children.

Rafael is said to have Spanish and Italian ancestry. Anne is of Swedish, German, and Irish descent.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was originally from Puerto Rico.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Otis S. Lammers (the son of George A. Lammers and Ida S. Johnson). George was born in Minnesota, to a father from Germany and a mother from Sweden. Ida was born in Sweden, to Swedish parents.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Lois Brennan (the daughter of James R. Brennan and Sarah L.). Both James and Sarah were born in Minnesota, to parents from Ireland.


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Susan Tedeschi

by andrew on February 22, 2017

Birth Name: Susan Caroline Tedeschi

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 9, 1970)

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), English, Irish, German

Susan Tedeschi is an American blues and soul musician. She is the daughter of Patricia (Doherty) and Richard “Dick” Tedeschi.

Susan’s paternal grandfather was Dominic Robert “Nick” Tedeschi, Sr. (the son of Angelo Tedeschi and Katherine M. Sabino). Angelo was born in Mirabello Sannitico, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy, the son of Raphael Tedeschi and Concetta Fantagone. Susan’s great-grandmother Katherine was born in New York, the daughter of Italian parents, Dominick Sabino and Giuseppa/Josephine Marie Alvino, who was born in Gravina, Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia.

Susan’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Colman Turner (the daughter of Samuel Turner and Ethel Colman Young). Samuel was the son of Arthur James Turner and Hattie Whitcomb Damon.

Susan’s maternal grandfather was James Joseph Doherty II (the son of James Joseph Doherty and Annie Grant). Susan’s great-grandfather James was born in Barracks, County Clare, Ireland, the son of Michael Doherty and Elizabeth. Annie was also of Irish descent, the daughter of Patrick Grant and Mary McLaughlin.

Susan’s maternal grandmother was Edith Adelaide Masters (the daughter of Raymond Elliot Masters and Esther Josephine Catherine/Catharine Bavis). Raymond was born in Kentucky, the son of William Eliot Masters and Susan Ritter, who was German. Esther was the daughter of Otto Philip Bavis and Anna B. Seel.

Sources: Genealogy of Susan Tedeschi –

Records of Susan’s paternal grandfather, Dominic R “Nick” Tedeschi –

Marriage record of Susan’s paternal great-grandparents, Angelo Tedeschi and Katherine M. Sabino –

Genealogy of Susan’s maternal great-grandmother, Esther Josephine Catherine/Catharine Bavis –

Susan’s maternal great-grandmother, Esther Josephine Catherine/Catharine Bavis, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


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