Andrew Dost

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Andrew Dost – Fun. Visits New.Music.Live. in Toronto on April 24, 2012 – CTV Queen Street Headquarters – Toronto, Canada – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – 0 – Photo Credit: Robin Wong / PR Photos

Birth Name: Andrew Paul Dost

Place of Birth: Cass City, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 10, 1983

*German, Polish, French-Canadian (father)
*Hungarian, English, distant French (mother)

Andrew Dost is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist. Andrew is known for being a member of rock band Fun., alongside Jack Antonoff and Nate Ruess.

Andrew is the son of Cheryl A. (Kozan) and Mark Stephen Dost. Andrew’s father has German, Polish, and French-Canadian (with roots in Brittany) ancestry. Andrew’s mother is of Hungarian, English, and distant French, descent.

Andrew’s paternal grandfather was John Robert Dost (the son of Paul G. Dost and Helen Reinsch). Paul and Helen were German.

Andrew’s paternal grandmother was Shirley M. Forton (the daughter of Bernard Frank “Bernie” Forton and Sarah Sylvia “Sally” Baker). Bernard was the son of Jerome Louis Forton and Elizabeth DeTour. Sarah was the daughter of Lawrence Baker/Piekarski, who was from either Poland or Germany, and of Magdalene “Maggie” Horkey/Horton/Hooka, who was also from either Poland or Germany.

Andrew’s maternal grandfather was Andrew Kozan (the son of George/Gergely Kozan and Mary/Maria Molenar/Molnar). Andrew’s grandfather Andrew Kozan was born in Markage, Saskatchewan, Canada, to parents from Istensegits, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary, which is now Satu Mare commune, Suceava, or the village of Țibeni, Romania. The family was of Hungarian descent. George was the son of Stephan Kozan and Vera Santo.

Andrew’s maternal grandmother was Lula Mae “LuLu” Ashmore (the daughter of William H. Ashmore and Helen/Hellen Margaret Herrington). William was the son of John Ashmore, whose own parents were English, and of Lydia Halstead. Helen was the daughter of Frank George Herrington and Adiah Latheria “Addie” Merritt. Some of Adiah’s roots can be traced back to Michel Merritt/Mariette, who was born, c. 1667, in Montauban, Occitanie, France, and his wife, Esther Trube, who was born, c. 1671, in Saint-Maixent-l’École, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France.

Sources: Andrew’s paternal grandfather, John Robert Dost, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Andrew’s paternal grandfather, John Robert Dost –

Marriage record of Andrew’s paternal great-grandparents, Bernard Frank “Bernie” Forton and Sarah Sylvia “Sally” Baker –

Obituary of Andrew’s uncle (mother’s brother), Andrew Louis Kozan –

Obituary of Andrew’s maternal grandfather, Andrew Kozan –

Information about Andrew’s maternal great-grandfather, George/Gergely Kazan –

Death record of Andrew’s maternal great-grandfather, George/Gergely Kazan –

Marriage record of Andrew’s maternal great-grandparents, William H. Ashmore and Helen/Hellen Margaret Herrington –

Genealogy of Andrew’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen/Hellen Margaret Herrington (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Kathleen Gati

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Birth Name: Kathleen J. Gati

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: August 13, 1957

Ethnicity: Hungarian

Kathleen Gati is a Canadian-American actress.

Kathleen is the daughter of Agnes and Laszlo Gati. Kathleen’s father was born in Timisoara, Romania, of Hungarian descent. Kathleen’s mother is also Hungarian.


Obituary of Kathleen’s father –

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.co9m


Damon Berryhill

by bablah on September 8, 2017

Birth Name: Damon Scott Berryhill

Place of Birth: South Laguna, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 3, 1963

Ethnicity: English, African-American, Irish, Austrian, Hungarian

Damon Berryhill is a former Major League Baseball catcher.

Damon’s paternal grandfather was Gordon Arthur Berryhill, son of John Berryhill and Alice Keene. John was born in either Ohio or Ontario to Irish immigrants  John Berryhill and Jane Hodgins. Alice was born in London, England to William Edmund Brook Keene (son of Frederick Benjamin Brook Keene and Hannah Hay) and Fannie/Fanny Gillmore.

Damon’s paternal grandmother was Fay Wenonah Grant, daughter of William J. Grant and Orville J. Smith. It appears both William and Orville were African-American, though they are listed as white after moving from South Carolina to California.

Damon’s maternal grandfather was Howard Lester Patchen, son of Jay Judson Patchen and Adda Marie Woodruff. Jay was the son of Sylvanus A. Patchen (son of Jared Patchen and Augusta Tiffany) and Mary A. Crouse (daughter of John Crouse and Jane). Adda was the daughter of John Woodruff and Mary Ann Thomas.

Damon’s maternal grandmother was  Wilma Viola Forst, daughter of Eugene Frederick Forst and Kathleen Dane/Dennis. Frederick was born in Bohemia and was of Austrian descent, Kathleen was Hungarian.

Sources: Marriage record of Damon’s parents –

Marriage record of Damon’s paternal grandparents –

Damon’s paternal grandfather Gordon Arthur Berryhill on 1910 U.S. census –

Marriage record of Damon’s paternal great-grandparents John Berryhill and Alice Keene –

Damon’s paternal great-grandfather John Berryhill on 1880 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal great-grandmother Alice Keene on 1871 England and Wales census –

Damon’s paternal grandmother Fay Wenonah Grant (listed as white) on 1910 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal grandmother Fay Wenonah Grant (listed as black) on 1900 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal great-grandfather William J. Grant on 1880 U.S. census –

Damon’s paternal great-grandmother Orville Smith on 1880 U.S. census –

Marriage record of Damon’s maternal grandparents –

Damon’s maternal great-grandfather Jay Judson Patchen on 1860 U.S. census –

Damon’s maternal great-grandmother Adda Marie Woodruff on 1870 U.S. census –

Damon’s maternal grandmother Wilma Viola Forst 1911 Canada census –


Summer Altice

by bablah on August 30, 2017

Birth Name: Summer Danielle Altice

Place of Birth: Fountain Valley, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 23, 1979

Ethnicity: English, German, Hungarian, possibly French

Summer Altice is an American fashion model and actress.

Summer’s paternal grandfather was Stanley Francis Altice, son of  James Sylvester Altice and Ethelyn Marie Tagg. James was the son of Frank Altice (son of Sylvester Altice and Catherine Jane Hoffman) and Alice Maude Simpson (daughter of James M. Simpson and Lydia Platt).

Summer’s paternal grandmother was Wilhelmina Katherine Mautz, daughter of John Mautz and Elizabeth R. Kiss. John was born in Hungary to German parents Jacob Mautz and Kate Sherer/Shaerer. Elizabeth was born in Hungary, to Stephen Kiss, and was likely of Hungarian origin.

Summer’s maternal grandparents have last names Dumas and Pahl.

Source: Marriage record of Summer’s paternal grandparents –

Summer’s paternal grandfather Stanley Francis Altice on 1920 U.S. census –

Summer’s paternal great-grandfather James Sylvester Altice on 1900 U.S. census –

Summer’s paternal grandmother Wilhelmina Katherine Mautz on 1920 U.S. census –

Marriage record of Summer’s paternal great-grandparents John Mautz and Elizabeth Kiss –

Photo by kathclick/


Mariee Sioux

by bablah on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Marie Sioux Sobonya

Place of Birth: Humboldt, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1985

*Hungarian, Polish, Croatian (father)
*Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous], Paiute Native American (mother)

Mariee Sioux is an American folk singer and songwriter.

Mariee’s paternal grandfather was probably Paul Joseph Sobonya, son of Hungarian immigrants Steve Sobonya and Elizabeth Muska.

Mariee’s paternal grandmother is Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich, daughter of John/Izidor Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić and Victoria/Wiktoria Money/Pieniadz. Izidor was from Bednja, Yugoslavia, and was of Croatian ancestry, while Wiktoria was Polish from Januszkowice, Podkarpackie Voivodeship. Izidor was the son of Franjo Bistrović-Pić and Jana Češnjaj.

Her mother is said to be of Mexican and Paiute Native American descent. Her maternal grandparents are Henry Holguin and Carolina B. Salazar.

Sources: Mariee’s paternal grandmother Dorothy Bistrovich on 1930 U.S. census –

Baptism record of Mariee’s paternal great-grandfather Izidor Bistrović-Pić –