Lithuanian

Birth Name: Richard Nikolaus Eijiro von Coudenhove-Kalergi

Date of Birth: November 16, 1894

Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan

Date of Death: 27 July, 1972

Place of Death: Schruns, Austria

Ethnicity:
*German, as well as Greek and Russian, and Danish, Belgian [Flemish and Walloon], Lithuanian, and Polish (father)
*Japanese (mother)

Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi was an Austrian-Japanese politician and philosopher. He served as the founding president of the Paneuropean Union for 49 years.

Richard was born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of Mitsuko “Mitsu” (Aoyama) and Heinrich Johann Maria von Coudenhove-Kalergi, a count and diplomat. His mother was born in Tokyo, Japan. His father was born in Vienna, Austria, of German, as well as Russian, Danish, Belgian (Flemish and Walloon), Lithuanian, and Polish, descent.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Franz Karl von Coudenhove (the son of Franz Ludwig Graf von Coudenhove and Katharina Jakobine Augusta von Löwenstern). Richard’s grandfather Franz was born in Vienna, Austria. Richard’s great-grandfather Franz was born in Bingen am Rhein, Germany, the son of Georg Ludwig von Coudenhoven and Sophia von Hatzfeld, and had German and Belgian ancestry. Katharina was born in Tartu, Estonia, the daughter of Paul Ludwig Johann von Löwenstern, from Vana-Antsla, Estonia, and of Christiane Friederike von Gersdorff, from Königsberg, Prussia.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Marie/Maria Kalergi (the daughter of Johannes/Joannou/Johan Ivan Emanuilovich Kalergis and Maria von Nesselrode). Richard’s grandmother Marie was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Johannes was the son of Manuel Kalergi/Kalergis and Charlotte Jörgensen. The Kalergi family was of at least part Greek origin. Richard’s great-great-grandfather Manuel is sometimes cited as Russian, though he might have had Greek ancestry. Charlotte’s surname is Danish or Norwegian.

Richard’s great-grandmother Maria, a pianist, was born in Warsaw, Poland, the daughter of Karl Friedrich Joseph Fedor Karlovich von Nesselrode, a diplomat, who had German ancestry, and of Tekla/Thekla von Gorska h. Nałęcz, who was of Polish and Lithuanian descent; Richard’s great-great-grandfather Karl’s mother, Josepha von Hatzfeldt-Wildenburg, is said to have been a practicing Protestant who was born Jewish. This does not appear to be accurate.

Richard’s maternal grandparents were Kihachi Aoyama and Tsuneko “Tsune” Iwata.

Sources: Genealogies of Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi – https://www.geni.com
http://genealogics.org
https://www.genealogieonline.nl
http://www.sejm-wielki.pl
http://gw.geneanet.org

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Genie Francis

by stlucas on May 13, 2017

Birth Name: Eugenie Ann Francis

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

Date of Birth: May 26, 1962

Ethnicity:
*English (father)
*Lithuanian, possibly other (mother)

Genie Francis is an American actress.

Genie is the daughter of Rosemary (Daley) and Ivor E. Francis. Genie is married to actor/director Jonathan Frakes.

Genie’s father, an actor, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, of English descent. Genie’s mother, a model, is said to have had Lithuanian, and possibly other, ancestry.

Genie’s paternal grandparents were Ernest G. Francis and Daisy C. Edwards. Ernest and Daisy were born in Wales, to parents from England.

Sources: Genie’s father, Ivor E. Francis, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Genie’s father, Ivor E. Francis – http://www.familysearch.org

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George A. Romero

by stlucas on April 13, 2017

Birth Name: George Andrew Romero

Date of Birth: February 4, 1940

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

Date of Death: July 16, 2017

Place of Death: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ethnicity:
*50% Cuban [Galician Spanish]
*50% Lithuanian

George A. Romero was an American and Canadian filmmaker, director, editor, and screenwriter. He is known for his classic horror films, including Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1979), Creepshow (1982), and Land of the Dead (2005). He is widely credited as having created the modern-day zombie genre.

George was born in The Bronx, New York City, the son of Ann (possibly Dvorski) and Jorge/George Marino Romero.

George’s father was born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain. He was raised between Cuba and The Bronx, New York, U.S. George’s mother is said to have origins in Lithuania.

He took on dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship in 2009.

George’s paternal grandparents were Antonio Romero (the son of José Romero and Vincenta Rodríguez) and Josefa González. Antonio was born in Neda, a small village near Ferrol in north Galicia (Spain). José was the son of Lorenzo Romero and Juana Rodríguez.

Sources: http://www.nydailynews.com
http://praza.gal
http://www.laopinioncoruna.es

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Seth Grahame-Smith

by stlucas on March 11, 2017

Birth Name: Seth Jared Greenberg

Place of Birth: Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 4, 1976

Ethnicity:
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, German, Lithuanian, possibly other (mother)

Seth Grahame-Smith is an American novelist, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

He was born in Rockville Centre, New York, the son of Deborah Ann (Williams) and Barry Michael Greenberg. He was raised in Weston and Bethel, Connecticut.

Seth’s father is Jewish. Seth’s mother is Protestant. They divorced when Seth was three years old. Seth’s mother later changed her surname to “Grahame”, after British writer Kenneth Grahame, and to “Smith”, after her second husband.

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Aaron Herbert Greenberg (the son of Benjamin Greenberg and Sadie Streicher). Benjamin was born in Romania, the son of Meyer Augenblick and Matilda. Sadie was born in Russia, the daughter of Aaron Streicher and Ida Weingrad.

Seth’s paternal grandmother was Alice Rhoda Strauss (the daughter of Jacob Strauss and Clara Mandel/Mandell). Jacob was born in New York, to parents from Austria, Samuel Strauss and Bessie. Clara was born in Lemberg, Austria (now Liyv, Ukraine), the daughter of Hersch Finger and Chaje Weiblich.

Seth’s maternal grandfather was James Wesley Williams (the son of James Wesley Williams, Sr. and P. Maxham). Seth’s great-grandfather James was the son of Silas Williams.

Seth’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Ann Strauss (the daughter of Peter Strauss and Antonina Sincavage).

Sourceshttp://www.laweekly.com

Genealogy of Seth Grahame-Smith – http://www.genealogy.com

Seth’s paternal grandfather, Aaron Herbert Greenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Maria Dizzia

by stlucas on March 3, 2017

Birth Name: Maria Teresa Dizzia

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

Date of Birth: December 29, 1974

Ethnicity: Italian, Lithuanian, other

Maria Dizzia is an American actress. She is the daughter of Lorraine (Bladis) and John Paul Dizzia. She has a sister, Gina. Both her parents have at least some Italian ancestry.

Maria’s maternal grandparents were Albert A. Bladis (who was likely the son of Felix Joseph Bladis and Mary Markowitz) and Virginia Ruggiero. Felix and Mary were Lithuanian.

Sources: Likely Maria’s maternal great-grandparents, Felix Joseph Bladis and Mary Markowitz, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Felix Joseph Bladis and Mary Markowitz on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Maria’s maternal grandmother, Virginia (Ruggiero) Bladis – http://obits.nj.com

http://blog.roundabouttheatre.org

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