Raja Fenske

by stlucas on December 13, 2017

RJ Fenske – Evening With The Stars 2008 Party – Arrivals – W Hotel – San Diego, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Carla Van Wagoner / PR Photos

Birth Name: Raja Jean Fenske

Place of Birth: Rockville, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1988

*50% Indian
*25% German
*25% Norwegian

Raja Fenske is an American actor. He is also credited as RJ Fenske.

Raja is the son of Meena Kumari (Subbiah) and John Henry Fenske. Raja’s father is American, and has German and Norwegian ancestry. Raja’s mother was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and is pictured here.

Raja’s paternal grandfather was Henry Edwin Fenske (the son of Henry E. Fenske and Cordula “Cordie” Kuehn). Raja’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Herman T. Fenske, who was German, and of Bertha, whose parents were German. Cordula was the daughter of Henry Kuehn, whose parents were German, and of Marie/Mary A. Karpensky, whose parents were also German.

Raja’s paternal grandmother was Beverly Jeanne Rullet (the daughter of John/Johan A. Rullet and Lucille Mae Severson). John was the son of Norwegian parents, J. Ostin Rullet and Ronnaug. Lucille was the daughter of Severt K. Severson/Severtsen, whose parents were Norwegian, and of Louis/Louise Flaon, whose parents were also Norwegian.

Sources: Marriage record of Raja’s parents –

Marriage record of Raja’s paternal grandparents, Henry Edwin Fenske and Beverly Jeanne Rullet –

Obituary of Raja’s paternal great-grandmother, Cordula “Cordie” (Kuehn) Fenske –

Obituary of Raja’s paternal great-grandfather’s sister, Cora (Rullet) Berg –


Rohan Chand

by madman on December 11, 2017

 Rohan Chand – “Bad Words” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: 2004

Ethnicity: Indian

Rohan Chand is an American actor. He will play Mowgli in the 2018 live action film adaptation Jungle Book (the character was played by Neel Sethi in the 2016 version).


J. M. Coetzee

by Manila on November 30, 2017

Birth Name: John Maxwell Coetzee

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Date of Birth: 9 February, 1940

Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, French, German, Belgian [Flemish]), Portuguese, 1/8 Polish, English, Irish, as well as 1/1024 Malagasy, remote Danish, Finnish, and Indian

J. M. Coetzee is a South African writer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.

J. M.’s father, Zacharias “Jack/Zach” Coetzee, was an occasional attorney and government employee, from Prince Albert, Cape (now Western Cape). J. M’s mother, Vera Hildred Marie (Wehmeyer), was a schoolteacher, from Diepkloof, Transvaal (now Gauteng).

J. M. was married to Philippa Jubber, with whom he has two children.

A few of J. M.’s remote ancestors were Indian slaves.

J. M.’s sixth paternal great-grandfather, Dirk Coetzee, was a Dutch immigrant, from Kampen, Overijssel. J. M.’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Gerhard Coetzee.

J. M.’s paternal grandfather was Gerrit Maxwell “Gert” Coetzee (the son of Frederik Laurens Johannes Coetzee and Elizabeth Agnes Mills). Frederik was the son of Gerrit “Gert” Coetzee and Elizabeth Jacoba Hess. J. M.’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of J. Mills.

J. M.’s paternal grandfather was Magdalena Catherina “Lenie” de Beer (the daughter of Zacharias Johannes Hendrik “Zaag” de Beer and Magdalena Maria Le Roux). J. M.’s great-grandfather Zacharias was the son of Zacharias Johannes Hendrikus de Beer and Catharina Petronella Oosthuizen. J. M.’s great-grandmother Magdalena was the daughter of Gabriel Jacobus Le Roux.

J. M.’s maternal grandfather was Pieter Hendrik Wehmeyer (the son of Gottlieb Wilhelm Bernhard Wehmeyer and Anna Maria Adriana Ferreira). Gottlieb was the son of Bernhard Matthys Wehmeyer and Martha Johanna Maria Zondagh. Anna was the daughter of Ignatius Stephanus Johannes Ferreira and Gertruida Sophia Minnie.

J. M.’s maternal grandmother was Louise Amalia du Biel (the daughter of Balthazar du Biel and Anna Louisa Brecher). Balthazar was a Polish immigrant, from Schwarzwald, Posen (now Czarnylas, Greater Poland Voivodeship). Anna was the daughter of German immigrant Ferdinand Brecher, of Nassau, Rhineland-Palatinate, and of Anna Katharina Hanafey. The surname “Hanafey” is of Irish origin.

J.M.’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandmother, Jurriana Frederika van Bernago.

Source: Genealogy of J. M. Coetzee –


Erik Griffin

by stlucas on November 22, 2017

Birth Name: Erik Graham Griffin

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 12, 1972

*Irish, possibly other (father)
*Belizean, Jamaican, and Honduran [African, Indian, Spanish, possibly other] (mother)

Erik Griffin is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor.

Erik is the son of Sandra M. (Beckford) Crough and David F. Griffin. Erik’s father is American and has European ancestry. Erik’s mother was born in Honduras and raised in Belize, and also has ancestry from Jamaica. She is said to be of Spanish, African, and Indian descent.

One of Erik’s maternal great-grandfathers was likely named Ivan Beckford. Ivan was Jamaican. Ivan married a woman from Belize.


Birth record of Erik Griffin –

Photo by kathclick/


Manushi Chhillar

by Manila on November 21, 2017

Place of Birth: Haryana, India

Date of Birth: 14 May, 1997

Ethnicity: Indian

Manushi Chhillar is an Indian model and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss World 2017.

Manushi’s father, Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Manushi’s mother, Neelam, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.

Manushi’s paternal grandfather is Raj Singh Chhillar.

Source: Electoral record of Manushi Chhillar and her parents –