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Antonio Tajani

by andrew on March 10, 2018

Place of Birth: Rome, Italy

Date of Birth: 4 August, 1953

Ethnicity: Italian

Antonio Tajani is an Italian politician. A member of centre-right party Forza Italia, he has served as President of the European Parliament, since 17 January, 2017.

Antonio is the son of Augusta Nardi and Raffaele Tajani.

The Tajani family belongs to Neapolitan nobility, and has origins in Vietri sul Mare, near Amalfi, Salerno. Its records date back to the 1000s.

Source: http://www.nobili-napoletani.it

Photo by Roman Yanushevsky/www.bigstockphoto.com/

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Suzanne Malveaux

by follers on November 9, 2017

Janine di Giovanni and Suzanne Malveaux – The International Women’s Media Foundation’s 27th Annual Courage in Journalism Awards Ceremony – Arrivals – Cipriani 42nd Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Suzanne Maria Malveaux

Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 4, 1966

Ethnicity: Louisiana Creole [African, French, more distant Spanish and Italian], 1/512 Irish, at least 1/1024 Algonquin First Nations

Suzanne Malveaux is an American news journalist. She works in television, on CNN.

Suzanne self-identifies as black.

She is the daughter of Myrna Maria (Ruiz) and Floyd Joseph Malveaux. Her parents are of Louisiana Creole descent. They both have African ancestry, along with French/French-Canadian, and some Spanish and Italian. At least some of her African ancestors were from Guinea. She also has at least one Algonquin First Nations ancestor, her eight times great-grandmother Catherine Exipakinoa.

A picture of Suzanne’s father can be seen here. A picture of Suzanne with her mother can be seen here.

Among Suzanne’s siblings is Suzette M. Malveaux, a law professor. Suzanne’s father comes from a long line of free men of color, going back to at least the 1800s.

Suzanne has a daughter, who is adopted.

Suzanne’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Delton Malveaux (the son of Joseph Laurent “Lawrence” Malveaux and Héllène “Helen” Fauries). Suzanne’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Jean Baptiste Laurent Malveaux and Amélie Chrétien.

Suzanne’s paternal grandmother was Inez Mary Lemelle (the daughter of Joseph Bartholomew/Barthelemy “Jim” Lemelle and Edolia/Idola/Elena Lee Donatto/Donato). Inez was born in Louisiana. Joseph was the son of Charles Barthelemy Lemelle and Thomascine/Domicille Lemelle. Elena was the daughter of George Donato and Marie/Mary Girond/Giron.

Suzanne’s maternal grandfather was John Flores Mansion Ruiz (the son of John F. Mansion Ruiz and Anostesia/Anostasia/Anastasia/Anastasie Lacoste/La Coste). Suzanne’s grandfather John was born in Louisiana. Suzanne’s great-grandfather John was the son of John F. Ruiz and Marie Ida Miller. Anostesia was the daughter of T. Gustav/Gustave Lacoste and Victoria/Victorine Lawrence/Laurence/Laurent Bertrand.

Suzanne’s maternal grandmother was Lucille Mary Davis (the daughter of Albert Davis and Lucille Rousseau).

Sources: Suzanne’s paternal grandmother, Inez Mary Lemelle, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Suzanne’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Bartholomew/Barthelemy “Jim” Lemelle, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Suzanne’s paternal great-grandmother, Edolia/Idola/Elena Lee Donatto/Donato – https://wc.rootsweb.com

Information about Suzanne’s Donatto/Donato ancestors – http://www.creolegen.org

Marriage record of Suzanne’s maternal grandparents, John Flores Mansion Ruiz and Lucille Mary Davis – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Suzanne’s maternal grandfather, John Flores Mansion Ruiz (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://bayoubohemia.net

Suzanne’s maternal grandfather, John Flores Mansion Ruiz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage records of Suzanne’s maternal great-grandparents, John F. Mansion Ruiz and Anostesia/Anostasia/Anastasia/Anastasie Lacoste/La Coste – https://www.familysearch.org
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Dominic Chianese

by andrew on August 8, 2017

Dominic Chianese – “The Last New Yorker” New York Premiere – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

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

Date of Birth: February 24, 1931

Ethnicity: Italian

Dominic Chianese is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is known for his role as Corrado “Junior” Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos.

Dominic was born to Gaetano Chianese and Angelina. Both Dominic’s parents had ancestry from Campania, Italy.

Dominic’s paternal grandparents were Domenico Chianese and Francesca. They spoke Neapolitan dialect at home.

Dominic’s maternal grandparents lived in Brooklyn, New York, and had roots from Sorrento, Campania, Italy.

Sources: Dominic Chianese on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Interview with Dominic Chianese – http://fordham.bepress.com

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon

by Manila on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Jean-Luc Antoine Pierre Mélenchon

Place of Birth: Tangier, Tangier International Zone (now Morocco)

Date of Birth: 19 August, 1951

Ethnicity:
*75% Spanish (Castilian and Valencian)
*25% Italian (Neapolitan and Sicilian)

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is a French politician. He has been a Member of the European Parliament, since 14 July, 2009. He was previously Minister of Vocational Education, from 27 March, 2000 to 6 May, 2002, and represented Essonne in the French Senate, from 2 October, 1986 to 24 September, 1995, and again from 1 October, 2004 to 7 January, 2010. He was the candidate for La France insoumise in the 2017 French presidential election, and lost in the first round.

Jean-Luc’s father, Georges Mélenchon, is a postmaster. Jean-Luc’s mother, Jeanine Bayona, is a primary school teacher. Jean-Luc was previously married to Bernadette Abriel and Pascale Le Néouannic.

Juan-Luc’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, Francisco Melenchón.

Jean-Luc’s paternal grandfather was Antonio Miguel Melenchón Martínez (or Antoine Mélenchon in French, the son of Bernabé Melenchón y Castillejo and María de los Dolores Martínez Hurtado). Antonio was a Spanish immigrant, from Mula, Murcia. Bernabé was the son of Bernabé Melinchón y Talavera and Josefa Castillejo y Toledo. Dolores was the daughter of Manuel Martínez Espín and María Hurtado Martínez.

Jean-Luc’s paternal grandmother was Aimée Canicio (the daughter of François Canicio and Joaquina Serrano Avargues). François was the son of Spanish immigrants, Francisco Pedro José (or François in French) Canicio Sepulcre, of Novelda, Alicante, and María Josefa (or Joséphine in French) Cardona Crespo, of Benissa, Alicante. Joaquina was the daughter of Spanish immigrants, Juan Francisco Serrano Castillo, of Elche, Alicante, and María Rita Avargues Garcela, of Calp, Alicante.

Jean-Luc’s maternal grandfather was Francisco Bayona (or François in French). Francisco was a Spanish immigrant, from Valencia, Valencia.

Jean-Luc’s maternal grandmother was Jeanne Emmanuelle Caserta (the daughter of Jean Caserta and Caterina, or Catherine in French, Alaimo). Jean-Luc’s great-grandfather Jean was the son of Italian immigrant, Emmanuel Caserta, of Ustica, Palermo, and of Catherine Volto, who was of half Sicilian and half Neapolitan descent. Caterina was also born in Ustica, the daughter of Francesco (or François in French) Alaimo and Caterina (or Catherine in French) Licciardi.

Sources: Genealogy of Jean-Luc Mélenchon – http://gw.geneanet.org

Baptismal record of Jean-Luc’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Bernabé Melinchón y Talavera – https://familysearch.org

Photo by Prphotos

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Giorgio Napolitano

by Manila on March 19, 2016

Place of Birth: Naples, Campania, Kingdom of Italy

Date of Birth: 29 June, 1925

Ethnicity: Italian

Giorgio Napolitano is an Italian politician. He served as the 11th President of Italy, from 15 May, 2006 to 14 January, 2015, among many other duties.

His father, Giovanni Napolitano, was a liberal lawyer. His mother was Carolina Bobbio. His father was Neapolitan. His mother belonged to Piedmontese aristocracy. Bobbio is a place name in North Italy.

He is married to Clio Maria Bittoni, with whom he has two children.

Source: Biography of Giorgio’s father – http://rm.univr.it

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