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Joseph Sikora

by stlucas on December 13, 2017

Joseph Sikora – Starz “Power” TV Series Season 3 New York City Premiere – Arrivals – SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Lisa Holte / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Joseph B. Sikora

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 27, 1976

Ethnicity:
*50% Polish
*25% Slovenian
*25% Dutch

Joseph Sikora is an American actor.

Joseph is the son of Barbara Jo “Barb” and Albin Joseph Sikora. Joseph’s siblings are Christopher and Albin. They were raised in Norwood Park and Jefferson Park, Chicago.

Joseph’s paternal grandfather was Albin Peter “Al” Sikora (the son of Peter Sikora and Pauline Gorski). Albin was born in Illinois, to parents from Poland.

Joseph’s paternal grandmother was Bernice Novak (the daughter of Jerry Novak and Anna Gregorich/Gregorčič). Jerry and Anna were born in either Austria or Yugoslavia, and were likely ethnic Slovenians.

Joseph’s maternal grandfather was possibly Bernard David Kolojeski/Kalodziedske/Kolodziejski (the son of Clement Kolodziejski and Josephine A. Drozd/Drost). Clement was Polish. Josephine was born in Michigan, and had Polish ancestry.

Joseph’s maternal grandmother was possibly Mary/Lary Elizabeth Maat (the daughter of Joris Joseph Maat and Barbara Maria Vanderheim/Vanderhelm). Joris and Barbara were Dutch.

Sources: http://www.chicagotribune.com

Joseph’s paternal grandmother, Bernice Novak, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Joseph’s paternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), Joseph E. Novak – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Joseph’s uncle (mother’s brother), Thomas Kolojeski – http://www.freep.com

Marriage record of Joseph’s maternal grandparents – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Joseph’s maternal grandfather – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Joseph’s maternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister), Kay (Maat) McKinney – http://www.lifestorynet.com

Obituary of Joseph’s maternal grandmother – http://www.northwoodfh.com

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Ben Shepherd

by Manila on December 13, 2017

Soundgarden – “Marvel’s The Avengers” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Hunter Benedict Shepherd

Place of Birth: Okinawa, Japan

Date of Birth: September 20, 1968

Ethnicity: Cornish, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, 1/8th French-Canadian (including small amounts of Belgian [Walloon] and Breton), 1/8th Polish

Ben Shepherd is an American musician. He is known as the bassist for the American rock band Soundgarden. Other members of Soundgarden include or have included Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Jason Everman, Scott Sundquist, Kim Thayil, and Hiro Yamamoto.

Ben’s father, Henry Bennett Shepherd, worked in the Nike missile program, and was born in Camden, Texas. Ben’s mother, Gabrielle Karen “Gay” (McMullen) Shepherd-MacKenzie, is a book teller, from Seattle, Washington.

Ben’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Philip Sheppard.

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Calaup Bennett Shepherd (the son of William Bennett “Willie” Shepherd and Bertha Evora Smith). William was the son of James Franklin Sheppard (later Shepherd) and Elizabeth Rebecca Magee. Bertha was the daughter of Jake B. Smith and Thena Thursia Youngblood.

Ben’s paternal grandmother was Louise Henrietta Kyle (the daughter of Hunter Henry Kyle and Lillian Louise Anita Sammons). Hunter was the son of Gaston Hunter Kyle and Jane Narcissus Ross. Lillian was the daughter of Hugh Mackdonel Sammons and English emigrant, Louise Emily Brown, of Holt, Wiltshire.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was Kenneth Ambrose McMullen (the son of John Edward McMullen and Clara Anne “Carrie” Forger). John was the son of Canadian emigrant, John Scanlon McMullen, of Kingston, Ontario, whose own parents, Bartley McMullen and Catherine Scanlon, were Scottish and Irish emigrants, respectively, though were likely both of Irish descent; and of Irish emigrant, Margaret Holland. Clara was the daughter of French-Canadian emigrant, Joseph Forget (Anglicized as Forger), of Joliette, Quebec, and of Sophia Gagnier, who was also of French-Canadian descent.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Cecilia Juanita Cummings (the daughter of Ira Ernest Cummings and Ione Anna Magdeline Kitowski). Ernest was the son of Alfred Benton “Fred” Cummings and Catherine Amanda Kennedy. Ione was the daughter of Polish emigrants, Tomasz Piotr (later Thomas Peter) Kitowski and Franciszka “Frances” Milanowska.

Sources: Marriage record of Ben’s parents – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

Divorce record of Ben’s parents – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

Obituary of Ben’s father – http://www.corriganfh.net

Death record of Ben’s paternal grandfather, Calaup Bennett Shepherd – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Ben’s paternal great-grandparents, William Bennett Shepherd and Bertha Evora Smith – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Ben’s paternal great-grandfather, William Bennett Shepherd – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Ben’s paternal great-great-grandparents, James Franklin Shepherd and Elizabeth Rebecca Magee – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Ben’s paternal great-grandmother, Bertha Evora (Smith) Shepherd – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Louise Henrietta (Kyle) Shepherd – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Ben’s paternal great-grandparents, Hunter Henry Kyle and Lillian Louise Anita Sammons – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Ben’s paternal great-grandfather, Hunter Henry Kyle – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage records of Ben’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Hugh Mackdonel Sammons and Louise Emily Brown – https://www.familysearch.org
https://www.familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Ben’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Louise Emily Brown – https://www.familysearch.org

Ben’s mother, Gabrielle Karen “Gay” McMullen, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage records of Ben’s mother, Gabrielle Katherine (McMullen) Shepherd, to Douglas Ian MacKenzie – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov (license)
https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov (certificate)

Marriage record of Ben’s maternal grandparents, Kenneth Ambrose McMullen and Cecilia Juanita Cummings – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

Ben’s maternal grandfather, Kenneth Ambrose McMullen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage records of Ben’s maternal great-grandparents, John Edward McMullen and Clara Anne de Forger – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov (return)
https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov (certificate)

Death record of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, John Edward McMullen – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Clara Anne Forger – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Clara Anne (Forger) McMullen – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Ben’s maternal grandmother, Cecilia Juanita (Cummings) McMullen – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Ben’s maternal great-grandfather, Ira Ernest Cummings – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Ben’s maternal great-grandmother, Ione Anna Magdeline (Kitowski) Cummings – https://www.familysearch.org

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Tom Pelphrey

by stlucas on December 9, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas J. Pelphrey

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

Date of Birth: July 28, 1982

Ethnicity: Danish, English, Irish, Polish

Tom Pelphrey is an American actor.

Tom is the son of Laurie Ann (Demgard) and Richard T. Pelphrey.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was named Joseph G. Pelphrey.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was James N. “Jim” Demgard (the son of Andrew Demgard, Jr. and Elizabeth). Andrew was the son of parents from Denmark, Andrew Demgard/Damgaard and Julia/Jolia.

Tom’s maternal grandmother is Eileen Gelshen (the daughter of Eugene A. Gelshen and Geniveve/Geneive E. Blekicki). Eugene was the son of Patrick J. Gelshen, whose parents were from Ireland, and of Mary M. Smith, whose parents were also Irish. Geniveve was the daughter of Polish parents, Julian Blekicki and Madeline.

Sources: Birth record of Tom’s father – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Tom’s father – http://claytonfuneralhome.com

Obituary of Tom’s maternal grandfather, James N. “Jim” Demgard – http://www.obrienfuneralhome.com

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Eileen Gelshen, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

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Karen Ziemba

by stlucas on December 9, 2017

Karen Ziemba – 68th Annual Tony Awards in New York City – Arrivals – Radio City Music Hall – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Birth Name: Karen M. Ziemba

Place of Birth: St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 12, 1957

Ethnicity: Polish, German

Karen Ziemba is an American actress.

Karen is the daughter of Barbara Marie (Heidt) and Oscar/Oskar Hugo “Wally” Ziemba. Karen is married to actor Bill Tatum.

Karen’s paternal grandparents were Adolph Ziemba (the son of Frederick Ziemba and Marie Melissa) and Margaretha Obitz. Adolph and Margaretha were born in Germany; Ziemba is a Polish surname.

Karen’s maternal grandmother was opera singer Winifred Heidt.

Sources: Obituary of Karen’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Death record of Karen’s paternal grandfather – http://www.familysearch.org

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Mateusz Morawiecki

by Manila on December 9, 2017

Birth Name: Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki

Place of Birth: Wrocław, Poland

Date of Birth: 20 June, 1968

Ethnicity: Polish, one quarter Czech, as well as 1/16th German

Mateusz Morawiecki is a Polish politician, manager, banker, economist, lawyer, and historian. He has been Prime Minister of Poland, since 11 December, 2017, as well as Minister of Development, since 16 November, 2015, and Minister of Finance, since 28 September, 2016. He was previously Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, from 16 November, 2015 to 11 December, 2017.

He is the son of Jadwiga (Różyczka) Morawiecka and activist Kornel Andrzej Morawiecki.

Prime Minister Morawiecki is married to Iwona Bednarek, with whom he has four children.

Prime Minister Morawiecki’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his sixth great-grandfather, Tomasz Morawicki.

Prime Minister Morawiecki’s paternal grandfather was Michał Andrzej Morawiecki (the son of Michał Morawiecki and Helena Szymańska). Prime Minister Morawiecki’s great-grandfather Michał was the son of Ignacy Morawiecki and Paulina Tytko.

Prime Minister Morawiecki’s paternal grandmother was Jadwiga Szumańska (the daughter of Władysław Klaudiusz Szumański and Józefa Zofia Kałużna). Władysław was the son of Karol Szumański and Anna Ołga Leykam, who was of German descent.

Prime Minister Morawiecki’s maternal grandfather was Henry Joseph Ruzicka (or Henryk Józef Różyczka in Polish, the son of Petr “Peter” Ružička and Antónia “Annie” Kuřátková). Joseph was born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, to Czech emigrants. Petr was the son of Petr “Peter” Ružička. Antónia was the daughter of Václav “James” Kuřátko.

Prime Minister Morawiecki’s maternal grandmother was named Rozalia Pilarska.

Source: Genealogy of Mateusz Morawiecki – https://www.geni.com

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