Andrea Feczko

by stlucas on January 26, 2018

Andrea Feczko – “Nail Files” Reality TV Series Season 2 Premiere Party – Arrivals – Station Hollywood at W Hollywood – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Billy Bennight / PR Photos

Birth Name: Andrea Marie Feczko

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

Date of Birth: October 17, 1985

Ethnicity: Ukrainian and/or Rusyn, Polish, possibly some German

Andrea Feczko is an American television presenter, producer, and writer.

Andrea is the daughter of Claire Terese (Grabowski) and Peter John “Pete” Feczko. She has stated that she has Polish ancestry and that her surname is of Ukrainian origin.

Andrea’s maternal grandfather was William F. Grabowski, Jr. (the son of William/Valentine F. Grabowski, Sr. and Cecelia Morong). Andrea’s great-grandfather William was the son of parents from Germany, Peter Grabowski and Anna Dams. Cecelia was the daughter of parents from Worva, Austria-Hungary, John K. Morong and Victoria Havanec/Hovanec/Havonich.

Andrea’s maternal grandmother was Dolores T. Michlewicz (the daughter of Walter Stanley Michlewicz and Maryanna V. Szymanski). Walter was the son of John Michlewicz and Frances Slominski, who were from Germany, and were ethnic Polish. Maryanna was the daughter of Frank Szymanski and Veronika Zutowska, who were born in Germany, and were of Polish descent.

Sources: Obituary of Andrea’s maternal grandfather, William F. Grabowski, Jr. –

Obituary of Andrea’s maternal grandmother, Dolores (Michlewicz) Grabowski –


Annalaina Marks

by stlucas on January 26, 2018

Annalaina Marks – “Delusions of Guinevere” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Hollywood Arena Cinema – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Travis Jourdain / 

Birth Name: Ann Elaine Markley

Place of Birth: Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 11, 1983

Ethnicity: Slovak and/or Rusyn, German, English, possibly Polish

Annalaina Marks is an American model, actress, and television personality. She is known for being a contestant on the third season of America’s Next Top Model.

Annalaina is the daughter of Elaine (Schubeck) and Dennis Robert Markley. Annalaina is the co-author of a book entitled Family Trip to Slovakia – Back To Our Rusyn Roots.

Annalaina is married to actor and model Colin Branca, with whom she has a child.

Annalaina’s paternal grandfather was George Markley/Markovich (the son of Stephen Markovich and Mary Bero). George was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia).

Annalaina’s paternal grandmother was Betty Jean Burger (the daughter of Floyd Burger and Bertha Krop/Kropp). Floyd was the son of Samuel Burger, whose mother was English, and of Nellie Moore. Bertha was the daughter of John Krop/Kropp and Albertina “Bertha” Glessman/Geissman, who were born in either Poland or Germany.

Annalaina’s maternal grandfather was Frank Schubeck (the son of Michael “Mike” Schubeck and Rose “Rosie” Zawjoaski/Zawosky). Michael and Rose were from Galicia, Poland/Austria.

Annalaina’s maternal grandmother was Helen Krivonak (the daughter of Steven/Stephen “Steve” Krivonak and Anna Orlovsky). Helen was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Czechoslovakia (likely Slovakia).

Sources: Obituary of Annalaina’s father –

Marriage record of Annalaina’s paternal grandparents, George Markley and Betty Jean Burger –

Obituary of Ann’s maternal grandmother, Helen (Krivonak) Schubeck –

Obituary of Ann’s maternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister), Anne (Krivonak) Paykos –


Erin Cardillo

by stlucas on December 5, 2017

Erin Cardillo – CBS, CW and Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party – Arrivals – Pacific Design Center – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Erin Beth Cardillo

Place of Birth: White Plains, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1977

*Italian (father)
*Rusyn, English, German, possibly Dutch (mother)

Erin Cardillo is an American actress, television producer, and writer.

Erin is the daughter of Debra (Skiver) and Arnold M. Cardillo. She is married to actor Joe Towne, with whom she has a son.

Erin’s paternal grandfather was Arnold Umberto Cardillo (the son of Arnaldo/Arnold Umberto Cardillo and Carmella Sullo). Erin’s great-grandfather Arnaldo was from Italy. Carmella was born in New York, to parents from Italy.

Erin’s paternal grandmother was Rose Theresa D’Ambrosio. Rose also has Italian ancestry.

Erin’s maternal grandfather was Billy B. Skiver/Skivers (the son of Charles Lester Skivers and Ada Louise Mount/Morent). Charles was the son of William Wesley Skiver and Myra/Maria Helen Wycoff/Wycuff. Ada was the daughter of Samuel Harry Mount/Morent and Minnie/Munsie Oscar Lehman.

Erin’s maternal grandmother was Helen Trudics/Trudicks (the daughter of Metro/Mitro/Metco Trudics/Trudicks and Anna Karaffa/Karoffa/Karaffer). Metro and Anna were Rusyn.

Sources: Erin’s paternal grandfather, Arnold Umberto Cardillo, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Erin’s paternal grandfather, Arnold Umberto Cardillo –

Marriage record of Erin’s maternal grandparents, Billy B. Skiver/Skivers and Helen Trudics/Trudicks –

Erin’s maternal grandmother, Helen Trudics/Trudicks, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Helen Trudics/Trudicks on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Erin’s maternal grandmother, Helen (Trudics/Trudicks) Skiver –


Ruben Fleischer

by stlucas on November 1, 2017

Birth Name: Ruben Samuel Fleischer

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: October 31, 1974

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Welsh, Ukrainian or Rusyn (mother, who converted to Judaism)

Ruben Fleischer is an American film director and producer, television producer, and music video and commercial director.

Ruben is the son of Karen Lee (Samuel) and David Elliot Fleischer. Ruben’s father is Jewish. Ruben’s mother, who is of Welsh and Ukrainian or Rusyn descent, converted to Judaism. Ruben is married to Holly Shakoor.

Ruben’s paternal grandfather was Jack Fleischer (the son of Ruben/Rubin Fleischer and Rose/Fanny). Jack was born in New York, to parents from Russia.

Ruben’s paternal grandmother was Irma Lee Zimmerman (the daughter of David Elliot/Elliott Zimmerman and Esther Segal). David was the son of Max/Mordecai Chesler Zimmerman, who was from Lithuania, and of Esther Sussie Fleischman, who was from Poland. Ruben’s great-grandmother Esther Segal was the daughter of Abraham Segal and Rachel Kudysch/Kudisch, who were from Kiev, Ukraine.

Ruben’s maternal grandfather was Haydn Samuel/Samuels (the son of Haydn/Hayden J. Samuel/Samuels and Hattie Crandon). Ruben’s great-grandfather Haydn was the son of Rees/Reese Samuels, who was Welsh, and of Rachel Jones, whose parents were Welsh. Hattie was the daughter of William Thomas Crandon and Mary C. Thomas, who were from Tredegar and Bedwellty, Monmouth, Wales, respectively.

Ruben’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Natishyn (the daughter of Alexandrew “Alex” Natishyn/Notteskin and Mary Lesavage). Alexandrew and Mary were born in either Poland or Austria. The surname Natishyn/Hnatyshin/Gnatyshyn (Гнати́шин) likely has origins in the Ukrainian portion of Bukovina, in Central Europe (now Ukraine). The family was either Ukrainian or Rusyn.

Sources: Genealogy of Ruben Fleischer (focusing on his father’s side) –

Ruben’s paternal grandfather, Jack Fleischer, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ruben’s paternal grandfather, Jack Fleischer –

Obituary of Ruben’s paternal grandmother, Irma Lee (Zimmerman) Fleischer –

Genealogy of Ruben Fleischer (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Marriage record of Ruben’s maternal great-grandparents, Haydn J. Samuel/Samuels and Hattie Crandon –

Ruben’s maternal great-grandfather, Haydn/Hayden J. Samuel/Samuels, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Ruben’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Natishyn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Ruben’s maternal great-uncle (grandmother’s brother), John Natishyn –

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Alexandra Chando

by stlucas on May 11, 2017

Birth Name: Alexandra N. Chando

Place of Birth: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 28, 1986

*Rusyn, Slovak (father)
*Italian, Polish, Ukrainian and/or Rusyn (mother)

Alexandra Chando is an American actress.

Alexandra is the daughter of Rebecca H. (Troiani) and Stephen “Steve” Chando, Jr.

Alexandra’s paternal grandfather was Stephen Chando, Sr. (the son of Joseph Chando (József Csanda) and Anna Antolick). Joseph was born in Malý Lipník, Slovakia, the son of Wasil Chando (Vazul Csanda) and Carol Gladis (Karolin Gladis), who were likely of Rusyn background. Alexandra’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Andrew “Toby” Antolick/Antolik and Katherine/Catherine Uerda/Urda, who were also from Malý Lipník, Slovakia.

Alexandra’s paternal grandmother was Mary Bandurich (the daughter of Michael Bandurich and Susan “Susie” Billetz). Michael was born in Czechoslovakia. Susan was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Czechoslovakia, who were likely of Slovak descent.

Alexandra’s maternal grandfather was Arthur “Art” C. Troiani (the son of Joseph P. Troiani and Anna). Joseph was born in Italy. Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Italy.

Alexandra’s maternal grandmother was Sylvia H. Pluski (the daughter of John Pluski and Helen Paskevich). John was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Poland. Helen was also born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Paskevich, who was of Ukrainian or Rusyn descent, and of Mary, who was Polish.

Sources: Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal grandfather, Stephen Chando, Sr. –

Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Chando (József Csanda) –

Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna (Antolick) Chando –

Alexandra’s paternal grandmother, Mary Bandurich, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal grandmother, Mary (Bandurich) Chando –

Alexandra’s maternal grandfather, Arthur C. Troiani, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alexandra’s great-aunt (maternal grandmother’s sister), Dolores J. (Pluski) Pinczok –

Alexandra’s maternal great-grandfather, John Pluski, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Alexandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Paskevich, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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