Rusyn

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

Ethnicity:
*Rusyn, Slovak (father)
*Italian, Polish, possibly Ukrainian (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, to parents from Poland, John Paskevich and Mary, who were possibly of Ukrainian descent.

Sources: Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal grandfather, Stephen Chando, Sr. – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Chando (József Csanda) – http://findagrave.com

Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna (Antolick) Chando – http://www.findagrave.com

Alexandra’s paternal grandmother, Mary Bandurich, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Alexandra’s paternal grandmother, Mary (Bandurich) Chando – http://www.legacy.com

Alexandra’s maternal grandfather, Arthur C. Troiani, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Alexandra’s great-aunt (maternal grandmother’s sister), Dolores J. (Pluski) Pinczok – http://www.myeasternshoremd.com

Alexandra’s maternal great-grandfather, John Pluski, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Alexandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Paskevich, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

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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 – https://www.geni.com

Birth record of Michael Gladis – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Peter Gladis/Gladish/Glades and Ilona/Julia Sedora/Sidora – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Michael’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Emma Rebecca Simon – https://www.ancestry.com

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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, 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). 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.

Her mother’s surname is of English origin.

Sources: http://www.philly.com

Possible genealogy of Camren’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Bicondova (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Birth record of Camren’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Bicondova – https://familysearch.org

Camren’s paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Harobin, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Camren’s paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Harobin – http://www.legacy.com

Baptism record of Camren’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Vasil/Basilius Harobin/Harabin – https://familysearch.org

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John Kasich

by bearboy on April 28, 2015

Birth Name: John Richard Kasich

Place of Birth: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1952

Ethnicity:
*Rusyn or Czech (father)
*Croatian (mother)

John Kasich is an American politician. A Republican, he has served as Governor of Ohio, since January 10, 2011. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, from January 3, 1983 to January 3, 2001, and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2001.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2000 and 2016.

While he was not on the ballot, he received an electoral vote for President from a faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election.

John is the son of Anne B. (Vukovich) and John Kasich. His grandparents were all immigrants.

John’s paternal grandparents were Vasil/Karol/Charles/Charley Kasich and Jevka/Eva/Eve Leikan/Lukan. Vasil was born in Husnŷj, Ung County, Hungary, which was part of the Czechoslovak Republic in the 1920s. Jevka was born in Suchŷj, Ung County, Hungary, also part of the Czechoslovak Republic in the 1920s. Vasil and Jevka are sometimes described as Czech, but were likely ethnic Rusyns.

John’s maternal grandparents were Anton/Anthony Vuković/Vukovich (the son of Dubovick Vukovich and Mondei Lublouna) and Barbara Peckovich/Perkovich. Anton and Barbara were Croatian. Anton was born in Stajnica.

John is one of four people of significant Slavic ancestry to have won a major American political party’s Presidential caucus and/or primary. He won 1 state in 2016, Ohio. The other three people are:
*Harold Stassen (Republican; in 1944, he won 1 state, Nebraska; in 1948, he won 4 states; in 1952, he won 1 state, Minnesota; Stassen also sought the 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Republican nominations; Stassen’s paternal grandmother was Czech)
*Edmund Muskie (1972; Democratic; won 4 states; Muskie was previously the 1968 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States; Muskie was of Polish descent)
*Tom Harkin (1992; Democratic; won 1 state, Iowa; Harkin’s mother was of Slovene descent)

Other people of significant Slavic ancestry who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*George H. Bender (who sought the 1960 Republican nomination; Bender was of Czech descent)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s mother of Slovak descent)
*Dennis Kucinich (who sought the 2004 and 2008 Democratic nominations; Kucinich’s father was of Croatian descent)
*Gary Johnson (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination, and was the Libertarian Party’s 2012 and 2016 nominee for President of the United States; Johnson’s mother was of Ukrainian descent)
*Tim Pawlenty (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination; Pawlenty’s father was of Polish descent)

Sources: Genealogy of John Kasich – https://www.geni.com

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Article discussing John’s likely Rusyn ancestry – http://rusynsofpa.blogspot.ca

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Sandra Dee

by follers on December 22, 2014

Birth Name: Alexandra Zuck

Date of Birth: April 23, 1942

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

Date of Death: February 20, 2005

Place of Death: Thousand Oaks, California

Ethnicity: Carpatho-Rusyn

Sandra Dee was an American actress. She was married to singer and actor Bobby Darin.

Her parents, Mary (Cymboliak) and John Zuck/Zuch, were of Carpatho-Rusyn descent. Rusyns are an ethnic group from Eastern Europe, including Poland, where Sandra’s family was from. Her family was of the Russian Orthodox faith.

Sandra’s paternal grandparents were Walter Zuck/Zuch and Stella A. Walter was born in Vilna.

Sandra’s maternal grandparents were Aleksander/Alexander Cymbaljak and Anna/Annie Plaskon. Aleksander was born in Izby, Poland. Anna was born in New Jersey, to immigrant parents.

Anna’s parents are listed in one source as John Plaskon and Akila/Akillia Frycki. It is not clear if this is accurate. Anna’s mother may have been named Tacanna “Catherine/Katie” Tesbir/Fezbyr, who re-married to Archibald Joachim “Akim”/”Archie” Wanko/Van’ko. Akila was the daughter of Leontinus Frycki and Barbara Plaskon.

Sources: http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org

Genealogies of Sandra Dee – http://www.myrootsplace.com
https://familysearch.org

Sandra’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Sandra’s maternal grandmother, Anna/Annie Plaskon, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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