German Jewish

Ricki Noel Lander

by stlucas on September 1, 2017

Birth Name: Ricki Ross Noël Lander

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 14, 1979

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Dutch/Frisian (mother)

Ricki Noel Lander is an American actress, designer, entrepreneur, and model.

Ricki is the daughter of Peggy Irene (Smith) and Robert A. Lander, II. Ricki’s mother has Dutch/Frisian and Dutch Jewish, along with some German Jewish, ancestry.

Ricki’s mother has stated:

I am looking for information on Maurice Wolf and his wife Frederika Fierlier Wolf. They immigrated from Rotterdam to the Dutch East Indies in 1919. Maurice Wolf was a jeweler and had four shops there. They had two children: Andre Maurice Wolf and Flora Wolf. The family was taken hostage in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. After the war, Maurice and Frederika went back to Holland. Andre Maurice Wolf immigrated to Long Beach, California, USA. Andre Maurice Wolf is my father. I have very little information on him.

Ricki’s maternal grandfather was Robert Smith, whose original name was Andre Maurice Wolf (the son of Maurits “Maurice” Leman Wolf and Frederika “Freddie” Fierlier). Andre was born in Antwerp, Belgium, to Dutch Jewish parents. Maurits was the son of Leman Joel Wolf and Flora van Coevorden. Frederika was the daughter of Nathan Fierlier and Sara Veerman.

Ricki’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth/Elisabeth Dykstra (the daughter of Albertus/Albert Dykstra and Froukje/Frouke Hager). Elizabeth was born in Hitzum, Friesland, the Netherlands. Albertus was the son of Tamme Dijkstra and Geertje Van Dompselaar. Froukje was the daughter of Klaas Hager and Elizabeth Wiersna.

Sources: Marriage record of Ricki’s parents –

Marriage record of Ricki’s maternal grandparents –

Obituary of Ricki’s maternal grandmother –

Genealogy and Information about Ricki’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurits “Maurice” Leman Wolf and Frederika “Freddie” Fierlier –

Genealogy of Ricki’s maternal great-grandparents, Albertus/Albert Dykstra and Froukje/Frouke Hager –

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Thomas Schlamme

by stlucas on September 1, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas David Schlamme

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

Date of Birth: May 22, 1950

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Thomas Schlamme is an American television director and producer.

Thomas is the son of Steffi Marion/Marian (Beeker/Becker) and Otto Schlamme. Otto’s parents were German Jewish refugees, from Bavaria and Berlin. Thomas is married to actress Christine Lahti, with whom he has three children.

Thomas’ paternal grandfather was Leo Schlamme. Leo was born in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, the son of Nathan Schlamme and Julie Silverschmidt.

Thomas’ paternal grandmother was Marie Olga Wilhelmina Sprintz. Olga was born in Burghaslach, Bavaria, Germany.

Thomas’ maternal grandparents were Hugo Becker and Martha Leers.

Sources: Genealogy of Thomas Schlamme –

Birth record of Thomas Schlamme –

Death record of Thomas’ father –

Obituary of Thomas’ father –

Death record of Thomas’ mother –

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Nicholas Jarecki

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Birth Name: Nicholas M. Jarecki

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

Date of Birth: June 35, 1979

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Scottish, possibly other (mother)

Nicholas Jarecki is an American film director, producer, and writer.

Nicholas is the son of Marjorie Rose (Miller) Heidsieck and German-born entrepreneur, producer, and psychiatrist Henry Jarecki (born Heinrich Georg Jarecki). Among Nicholas’ half-brothers are filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Eugene Jarecki.

Nicholas’s father was born into a Jewish family in Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland). Nicholas’ mother is from Michigan, and is Catholic.

Nicholas’ paternal grandfather was Max Moritz Jarecki (the son of Jacob Jarecki and Luise Türk). Jacob was the son of Moritz Levy Jarecki and Nanette. Luise was the daughter of Nathan Türk and Malvina Kantorowicz.

Nicholas’ paternal grandmother was Gerda Kuntsmann (the daughter of Arthur Kuntsmann and Clara Händler). Arthur was born in Świnoujście, Poland, the son of Wilhelm Kuntsmann and Lina Jacobi. Clara was born in Germany, the daughter of Heinrich Herschel Haendler, who was from Austria, and of Antoni Mosler, who was from Poland.

Nicholas’ maternal grandparents’ surnames are Miller and Ferguson.

Source: Genealogy of Nicholas Jarecki –

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Lee Arenberg

by stlucas on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Lee Todd Arenberg

Place of Birth: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 18, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lee Arenberg is an American film and television actor.

Lee is the son of Janet Estelle (Rubin) and Sheldon Ira Arenberg. Lee’s parents are/were Jewish. Lee has a brother, Jonathan William, who is an engineer. Lee went to Hebrew school.

Lee’s paternal grandfather was Ben Arenberg (the son of Israel Arenberg and Anna Alner/Alpert). Ben was born in Illinois, to a father from Russia and a mother from Lithuania/Russia.

Lee’s paternal grandmother was Leona/Leola Radzinski/Radzinsky. Leona was born in Illinois, to a father from either Germany or England, and a mother from England.

Lee’s maternal grandfather was Robert Rubin (the son of Jacob/Jacop Rubin and Rachael). Robert was born in Maryland, to parents from Russia.

Lee’s maternal grandmother was named Ida.


Birth record of Lee Arenberg –

Lee’s father, Sheldon Ira Arenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lee’s father, Sheldon Ira Arenberg –

Obituary of Lee’s aunt (father’s sister), Arlene (Arenberg) Beck –

Death record of Lee’s paternal grandfather, Ben Arenberg –

Lee’s mother, Janet Estelle Rubin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lee’s uncle (mother’s brother), Ronald Rubin –

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Bruce McGill

by madman on August 18, 2017

Birth Name: Bruce Travis McGill

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 11, 1950

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

Bruce McGill is an American actor.

Bruce is the son of Adriel Rose (Jacobs), an artist, and Woodrow Wilson McGill, a real estate and insurance agent. His father has Irish, English, and French ancestry. His mother is Ashkenazi Jewish.

He is married to Gloria Lee.

Bruce’s paternal grandfather was Tuble Stephens McGill (the son of Andrew Franklin McGill and Nancy Elizabeth Priscilla Stephens). Andrew was of Irish descent, the son of William McGill and Martha Seymour. Nancy was the daughter of Alsey Stephens and Priscilla Ozier.

Bruce’s paternal grandmother was Clara Belle Travis (the daughter of Stoddard Carleton Travis and Martha Ada Edwards). Stoddard was the son of Howard Carleton Travis and Mary Louise Moore. Martha was the daughter of William Berry Edwards and Sarah Jane Couch.

Bruce’s maternal grandfather was Leon Jacobs (the son of Reuben Jacobs and Sarah Edloff). Reuben was Jewish, and was born in Vishtinetz, Lithuania, the son of Nathan Lichtenstein. Sarah was born in New York, the daughter of Moses Edloff, who was a Polish Jew, and of Rosa “Rosalie” Wahl, a German Jew.

Bruce’s maternal grandmother was Bella Mazur (the daughter of Abraham/Abram Mazur and Caroline Meyer). Bella was born in Texas. Abraham was a Polish Jew, and was the son of W. M. Mazur and Reva. Caroline was a German Jew.

Sources: Genealogies of Bruce McGill – (through his brother, Lee Stephen McGill)

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

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

Bruce’s maternal grandparents, Leon Jacobs and Bella Mazur, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Bruce’s maternal great-grandparents, Reuben Jacobs and Sarah Edloff, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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