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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Michael Gladis

by stlucas on April 24, 2017

Birth Name: Michael James Gladis

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

Date of Birth: August 30, 1977

Ethnicity: Rusyn (paternal grandfather), Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandfather), English, Irish, German

Michael Gladis is an American actor.

Michael is the son of Pamela Julia (Morrison) and Peter Paul Gladis. His father had Rusyn, and English and Irish, ancestry. Michael’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Michael’s maternal grandmother was Catholic, and of English, Irish, and German descent.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was George G. Gladis (the son of Peter Gladis/Gladish/Glades and Ilona/Julia Sedora/Sidora). George’s parents were born in Malý Lipník, Slovakia. Peter was the son of Andrew Gladis/Gladish and Anna Knat/Hnath. Ilona was the daughter of Michael Sidora and Suzanna Vasilik.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Marie McGarry (the daughter of Francis McGarry and May Roletter). May was the daughter of George Washington Roletter and Emma Rebecca Simon.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Archie Aaron Morrison (the son of Robert Moroshan/Morrison and Sadie/Sara C. Lichtenthal). Robert was the son of Julius Moroshan/Moroshanu and Rebecca Feder, who were Jewish emigrants from Iași, Romania. Sadie was the daughter of Nathan Lichtenthal and Yetta, who were Austrian Jewish immigrants.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Julia Theresa Steel (the daughter of William Steel, Jr. and Julia Ford). William was the son of William Steel and Rebecca Campbell-Quigley. Michael’s great-grandmother Julia was the daughter of Patrick Ford and Julia Kelly.

Sources: Genealogy of Michael Gladis –

Birth record of Michael Gladis –

Genealogies of Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Peter Gladis/Gladish/Glades and Ilona/Julia Sedora/Sidora –

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Emma Rebecca Simon –

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Camren Bicondova

by stlucas on March 1, 2017

Birth Name: Camren Renee Bicondova

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 22, 1999

Ethnicity: Basque, Rusyn, English, Irish, possibly other

Camren Bicondova is an American actress, model, and dancer. She was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Jessica Arlene (Porter) and Joshua Patrick Bicondova. She was raised in Hawaii.

Camren’s surname, Bicondova, was possibly originally spelt Viconda, and is of Basque origin, which she has confirmed on Twitter. She has also stated that she is a third-generation Spanish immigrant.

Camren’s paternal grandparents are Patrick Bicondova and Nancy Louise Harobin (the daughter of Stephen Harobin and Rose M. Gunn). Stephen was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Vasil/Basilius Harobin/Harabin, who was born in Osturňa, Slovakia, and was likely of Rusyn descent, and of Theresa, who was also likely of Rusyn origin. Rose was born in New Hampshire, the daughter of Edward Gunn and Mary Margaret McNamara, and was of partially or entirely Irish ancestry.


Possible genealogy of Camren’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Bicondova (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth record of Camren’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Bicondova –

Camren’s paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Harobin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Camren’s paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Harobin –

Baptism record of Camren’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Vasil/Basilius Harobin/Harabin –

Camren’s paternal great-grandmother, Rose M. Gunn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Laura Harrier

by follers on August 21, 2016

Laura Harrier – “Spider-Man: Homecoming” World Premiere Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / 

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

Date of Birth: March 28, 1990

*African-American (father)
*Rusyn, English (mother)

Laura Harrier is an American actress and model. She played Liz in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). She was raised in Evanston, Illinois.

Laura’s maternal grandfather was John Sagan (the son of John Sagan and Mary Jubinsky). Laura’s grandfather John was born in Ohio, to Rusyn parents. John was from Nastasiv, Ternopil oblast, Ukraine.

Laura’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Joy Pickett (the daughter of Bishop Jarrell Waskom Pickett and Ruth Robinson). Margaret was born in Lucknow, India, the daughter of American parents, who were Methodist missionaries. Laura’s great-grandfather Bishop J. Waskom Pickett was a Methodist minister, and was the son of Leander Lycurgus Pickett and Ludie Carrington Day. Ruth was the daughter of John Wesley Robinson and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fisher.

Sources: Laura’s maternal grandfather, John Sagan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Laura’s maternal grandfather, John Sagan –

Genealogy of Laura’s maternal great-grandfather, Bishop Jarrell Waskom Pickett –


Travis Kalanick

by Manila on January 27, 2016

2014 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala - Arrivals

Birth Name: Travis Cordell Kalanick

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 6, 1976

*50% [probably] Rusyn
*37.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*6.25% German
*6.25% Irish

Travis Kalanick is an American computer programmer and businessperson. He is the co-founder of the peer-to-peer file sharing company Red Swoosh and the transportation network company Uber.

His father, Donald Edward Kalanick, is the grandson of emigrants from the Czech lands, who were likely ethnic Rusyns. His mother, Bonnie Renee (Bloom), was of three quarters Ashkenazi Jewish background (her own maternal grandfather was of German and Irish descent).

His niece is actress Allisyn Ashley Arm. Allisyn’s mother is Travis’ half-sister, through Travis’ father.

Travis’ paternal grandfather was Michael Andrew “Mike” Kalanick (the son of Johannes/Jan Kulhánek/Kalyanin, later John Kalanick, and of Anna Polanská/Polansky). John was born in Valaškovce, Slovakia, the son of Paulus Kalyanin and Maria Onufreva/Onufriov-Csornej.

Travis’ paternal grandmother was Mary Zeyock (the daughter of Jiří “George” Zeyock and Anna “Annie” Androsová).

Travis’ maternal grandfather was Morris/Maurice Bloom (also known as Maurice Buddy Bloom, the son of Frank Bloom and Rose Winegart). Frank was a Polish Jewish immigrant, and was the son of Morris Bloom. Rose was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Travis’ maternal grandmother was Shirley Anita Ehni (the daughter of Charles Joseph Ehni and Tillie Kohn). Charles was the son of Charles William Ehni, whose parents were of German descent, and of Anna Haver, whose parents were Irish. Travis’ maternal grandmother Tillie was the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Kohn, a German Jewish immigrant, and Esther Eppstein, a Polish Jewish immigrant.

Sources: Genealogy of Travis Kalanick –

Birth record of Travis Kalanick –

Marriage record of Travis’ parents –

Birth record of Travis’ father –

Marriage record of Travis’ paternal grandparents, Michael Andrew “Mike” Kalanick and Mary Zeyack –

Baptismal record of Travis’ paternal great-grandfather, Johannes/Jan Kulhánek/Kalyanin –

Birth record of Travis’ mother –

Marriage record of Travis’ maternal grandparents, Maurice Buddy Bloom and Shirley Anita Ehni –

Birth record of Travis’ maternal grandfather, Morris/Maurice Bloom –

Death record of Travis’ maternal great-grandfather, Frank Bloom –

Travis’ maternal great-great-grandfather, Charles William Ehni, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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