Alex Frnka

by stlucas on June 5, 2018

Alex Frnka – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Alexandra Nicole Frnka

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

Date of Birth: November 16, 1988

*62.5% Czech
*12.5% Austrian
*12.5% Danish
*12.5% English, possibly other

Alex Frnka is an American actress.

Alex is the daughter of Madgalene Michele (Divin) and Randy Leroy Frnka. Alex’s father has Czech, Austrian, English, and Danish ancestry. Alex’s mother is of Czech descent.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was Leroy James Frnka (the son of Frank William Frnka, Jr. and Laura Kosler). Alex’s great-grandfather Frank was the son of Frank William Frnka, Sr., whose parents were from Moravia, and of Frances Marie Horak, whose parents were from Bohemia. Laura was the daughter of Frank Joe Kosler, who was from Austria, and of Alouisa/Alouisia Guenther, whose parents were from Austria. Frank was listed as a German speaker on the 1920 U.S. Census.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Gevonna Claudette Hickey (the daughter of Claud/Claude Charles Hickey and Astrid Elenora Hansen). Claud was the son of Charlie Augusta Hickey and Mattie Irene Wilson. Astrid was the daughter of Robert Peter Hansen, who was Danish, and of Thumine/Tomene/Tammie Nicolena “Minnie” E., whose parents were Danish.

Alex’s maternal grandfather was Charles Marion Divin (the son of Charles John Divin and Mary C. Krenek). Alex’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of John P. Divin, who was Czech, and of Frances Bubela, whose parents were Czech. Mary was the daughter of Czech parents from Bohemia, Joseph “Joe” Krenek and Mary Shimek.

Alex’s maternal grandmother was Agnes Antonio/Antonia Urban (the daughter of Joseph F. Urban and Lillian Judith Sovcek/Svrcek). Joseph was the son of John Louis Urban, who was born at sea to parents from Bohemia, and of Veronika/Varoncka Vaclavik, who was Czech. Lillian was the daughter of Joe Svrcek, whose parents were Czech, and of Louise/Louisa Vykukal, whose parents were also Czech.

Sources: Birth record of Alex Frnka –

Birth record of Alex’s father –

Birth record of Alex’s paternal grandfather –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal great-grandparents, Frank William Frnka, Jr. and Laura Kosler –

Birth record of Alex’s mother –


Justine Lupe

by stlucas on June 3, 2018

Justine Lupe – HBO’s “Succession” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – Time Warner Center – New York City, NY, USA – Keywords: Drama, television Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – – Photo Credit: Michael Sherer /

Birth Name: Justine Lupe-Schomp

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 31, 1989

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Swedish, 1/8th Italian, 1/8th Czech, some Dutch

Justine Lupe is an American television and film actress.

Justine is the daughter of Katherine Elizabeth “Kiki” (Schomp) and John Thomas Lupe. Justine has a brother, Colin.

Justine’s father is of Italian, Czech, English, Swedish, German, and some Dutch descent. Justine’s mother has English, Irish, and German, as well as distant Dutch and Swedish, ancestry.

Justine’s paternal grandfather likely was Edward Francis Lupe, Sr. (the son of Theodore Edward “Ted” Lupe and Eliska/Elsie Anna “Annie” Rezicka). Theodore was the son of Italian parents, Frank Lupe and Mary Bulletset/Bulletsett. Anna was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Moravia and Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, Frank Rezicka/Ruzicka and Annie Tregler/Fregler.

Justine’s paternal grandmother likely was Leanna Katherine Olson (the daughter of Jacob Olson and Videlli/Videla Bloomfield). Jacob was from Malmö, Sweden. Videlli was the daughter of John Lee Bloomfield and Hannah Catherine Gritton.

Justine’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Savage Schomp (the son of Ralph Clifford Schomp and Ann/Anna Elizabeth Savage). Ralph was the son of Justus Elmer Schomp and Harriet Jane Knight. Ann was the daughter of John Mulkey Savage and Jane Wait.

Justine’s maternal grandmother was Katherine Jeanette “Kay” Weaver (the daughter of Roy Jonathan Weaver and Halcyon Hannah Nye). Roy was the son of Franklin L. Weaver and Mary Isadore Gaver. Halcyon was the daughter of Henry Lawrence Nye and Catherine Elenore Fuller.

Sources: Genealogy of Justine’s maternal grandparents, Ralph Savage Schomp and Katherine Jeanette “Kay” Weaver –

Obituary of Justine’s maternal grandmother, Katherine Jeanette “Kay” (Weaver) Schomp –


Rip Torn

by madman on November 30, 2017

Rip Torn – 2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Official New York Oscar Night Party – Arrivals – Carlyle Hotel – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Elmore Rudolph/Rual Torn

Place of Birth: Temple, Bell, Texas, United States

Date of Birth: February 6, 1931

*37.5% German
*37.5% Moravian
*12.5% Austrian
*12.5% Bohemian

Rip Torn is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian.

Rip is the son of Thelma Mary (Spacek) and Elmore Rudolph Torn. Rip’s father was of one half German, one quarter Austrian, and one quarter Bohemian (Czech), descent. Rip’s mother was of three quarters Moravian (Czech) and one quarter German descent.

Rip’s first cousin is actress and singer Sissy Spacek. Rip has two children with his wife, actress and model Amy Wright; three children with his late wife, actress Geraldine Page, to whom he was married until her death; and a daughter with his first wife, actress Ann Wedgeworth. One of Rip’s children with Geraldine is actress Angelica Page.

Rip’s paternal grandfather was Rudolph Frank Torn (the son of Franz Torn and Anna Hribeck). Rudolph was born in Texas, to an Austrian father and a Bohemian mother.

Rip’s paternal grandmother was Othilie/Otillie S. “Tillie” Sarrazin (the son of Arnold S. Sarrazin and Wilhelmina Aschenbeck). Othilie was born in Texas. Arnold was born in Texas, to German parents, from Paderborn, Joseph Sarrazin/Sierson and Auguste Louise Amalia Ploeger. Wilhelmina was born in Texas, to German parents.

Rip’s maternal grandfather was Arnold Adolph Špaček (the son of Frank John Špaček and Julia/Julie Anna Gloeckner/Gloekner). Arnold was born in Texas, to a father from Bordovice, Moravia (now in the Czech Republic) and a mother from Neustadt, Germany. Frank was the son of František/Frank Špaček and Antonia. Julia was the daughter of William Gloekner and Johanna Kirsch.

Rip’s maternal grandmother was Mary Julia Červenka (the daughter of Josef Friedrich Červenka and Anna Machu). Mary Julia was born in Texas, to a father from Huckvaldy, Moravia (now the Czech Republic) and a mother from Senince Usti, Vsetin Valley, Moravia (also now the Czech Republic). Anna was the daughter of Pavel Machu and Rozina Talica.

Sources: Genealogies of Rip Torn –

Rip Torn on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Rip’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Rip’s paternal grandmother, Othilie/Otillie S. “Tillie” Sarrazin, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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Erika Slezak

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Erika Hermina Slezak

Place of Birth: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 5, 1946

*Czech/Moravian, Austrian, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Dutch (mother)

Erika Slezak is an American actress.

Erika is the daughter of Johanna Elisabeth “Kaasi” (Van Rijn) and Walter Slezak, who was an actor and singer. Erika’s father was from Vienna, Austria, and was of Czech/Moravian, Austrian, and Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Erika’s mother was Dutch. Erika was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her aunt was actress Margarete Slezak.

Erika’s paternal grandfather was Leo Slezak. Leo was a tenor associated with Austrian opera. He was born in Šumperk, Czech Republic, of Moravian background.

Erika’s paternal grandmother was Elsa Wertheim (the daughter of Wilhelm Wertheim and Antonie Strassmeier). Wilhelm was Jewish, and was the son of Bernhard Wertheimer and Theresie Kann. It is not clear if Antonie was also Jewish.

Erika’s maternal grandparents were B. F. Van Rijn and Hermina Petersen.

Sources: Genealogy of Erika Slezak (focusing on her father’s side) – http:/

Marriage record of Erika’s parents –

Obituary of Erika’s mother –

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Jenna Bush Hager

by andrew on July 26, 2016

NEW YORK-DEC 3: TV host Jenna Bush Hager attends the 9th Annual

Birth Name: Jenna Welch Bush

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 25, 1981

Ethnicity: English, some French and German, small amounts of Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, and Belgian [Flemish], distant Swiss-German, and 1/512 Moravian

Jenna Bush Hager is an American teacher, author, and journalist.

Jenna is the daughter of Laura Bush (born Laura Lane Welch) and George W. Bush (George Walker Bush), who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Jenna is the granddaughter of Barbara Bush (born Barbara Pierce) and the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush), and the niece of politician Jeb Bush (John Ellis Bush), who was Governor of Florida, from 1999 to 2007. Among her cousins is politician George P. Bush. Jenna is married to Henry Chase Hager, with whom she has two children.

Jenna’s father is largely of English ancestry, with some German roots, and a small amount of Welsh, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, Belgian (Flemish), and 1/256th Moravian, ancestry. Jenna’s mother is of English, 1/8th French, and distant Swiss-German, descent.

Jenna’s paternal grandfather is George Herbert Walker Bush (the son of Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Wear Walker). President Bush was born in Massachusetts. Prescott served as a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963. Prescott was the son of Samuel Prescott Bush and Florence “Flora” Sheldon. Dorothy was the daughter of George Herbert Walker and Lucretia “Loulie” Wear.

Jenna’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Pierce (the daughter of Marvin Pierce and Pauline Robinson). Barbara was born in New York. Marvin was the president of McCall Corporation, a publisher of women’s magazines McCall’s and Redbook. Marvin was the son of Scott Pierce and Mabel Marvin. Pauline was the daughter of James Edgar Robinson and Lula Dell Flickinger.

Jenna’s maternal grandfather was Harold Bruce Welch (the son of Mark Anthony Welch and Marie Lula/Lula Marie Lane). Harold was born in Oklahoma. Mark was the son of William Franklin Welch and Nancy Jane Aldridge. Marie Lula was the daughter of Doctor C. Lane and Emily Jane Holloway.

Jenna’s maternal grandmother was Jenna Louise Hawkins (the daughter of Halsey Sinclair/St. Clair Hawkins and Jessie Laura Sherrard). Jenna’s grandmother Jenna was born in Arkansas. Halsey was the son of Charles Wesley Hawkins and Martha Jennie Allen. Jessie was the daughter of Joseph Allen Sherrard and Eva Louise Lamaire/Lemaire. Eva’s parents, Louis Lamaire/Lemaire and Mary L., were French.

Jenna is a sixth cousin, twice removed, of actress Lily James. Jenna’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Horton, was a sister of Lily’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Stephen Horton. Their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood.

Jenna is also a first cousin, five times removed, of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court David Davis. Jenna’s five times maternal great-grandparents, John Mercer and Rebecca Davis, were also Justice Davis’ maternal grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Jenna Bush Hager –

Genealogies of Jenna’s father –

Pictures and genealogies of Jenna’s father’s family –

Some notes on the Moravian roots of Jenna’s father – http//

Genealogy of Jenna’s mother –

Biography of Jenna’s mother –

Photo by Debby Wong/,