Bill Pohlad

by stlucas on February 13, 2018

Birth Name: William Michael Pohlad

Place of Birth: Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: December 10, 1955

*Slovak (father)
*Irish (mother)

Bill Pohlad is an American film producer and director.

Bill is the son of Mary Eloise (O’Rourke) and billionaire financier Carl Raymond “Ray” Pohlad. Bill’s brother is businessman Jim Pohlad. Bill’s father was of Slovak ancestry. Bill’s mother was of Irish descent.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was Michael/Michel “Mike” Pohlad (the son of John Pohlad and Anna Gera/Jera). Michael was born in Austria/Czechoslovakia, and was of Slovak descent.

Bill’s paternal grandmother was Mary M. Sodak (the daughter of John Sodak and Anna Washenclo). Bill’s grandmother Mary M. was born in the U.S., to parents from Austria/Czechoslovakia, who were ethnic Slovaks.

Bill’s maternal grandfather was John O’Rourke (the son of John O’Rourke and Elizabeth B. Hickey). Bill’s grandfather was John was born in Iowa, to parents from Ireland.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ellen Flanagan (the daughter of Thomas Flanagan and Mary Connors). Thomas was born in Québec, Canada, to parents from Ireland. Bill’s great-grandmother Mary was born in New York, to parents from Ireland.

Sources: Birth record of Bill Pohlad –

Genealogy of Bill’s parents –

Marriage record of Bill’s paternal grandparents, Michael/Michel “Mike” Pohlad and Mary M. Sodak –

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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 –


Matt Steffanina

by stlucas on December 17, 2017

Birth Name: Matthew J. Steffanina

Place of Birth: Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 20, 1986

*Italian (paternal grandfather)
*Slovak (paternal grandmother)
*German, possibly other (mother)

Matt Steffanina is an American choreographer and entrepreneur.

Matt is the son of Cathy Lynn (Eck) and Jeffrey/Jeffery “Jeff” Lou Steffanina.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Steffanina, Sr. (the son of Ottavio Steffanina and Benedetta L. Favero). Ottavio was likely an Italian immigrant. Benedetta also had Italian ancestry.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Pearl C. Hlincik/Hincik (the daughter of Štefan/Stephen/Steven J. Hlinčík and Karolina/Carolina/Caroline M. Hauszner/Hausner). Štefan was born in Slovakia, the son of Martin Hlincik and Mária/Mary Martinová/Martin. Karolina was also born in Slovakia, the daughter of Andrej/Andrew Hauszner.

Matt’s maternal grandfather is named John Eck.

Sources: Obituary of Matt’s paternal grandfather, Samuel Steffanina, Sr. –

Obituary of Matt’s paternal great-aunt (grandfather’s sister), Madeline A. (Steffanina) Tana –

Matt’s paternal grandmother, Pearl C. Hlincik/Hincik, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Matt’s paternal grandmother, Pearl C. (Hlincik/Hincik) Steffanina –

Marriage record of Matt’s paternal great-grandparents, StefaŠtefan/Stephen/Steven J. Hlinčík and Karolina/Carolina/Caroline M. Hauszner/Hausner –

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Josh Krajcik

by stlucas on December 3, 2017

 Josh Krajcik – “The X Factor” Season Finale – Arrivals – CBS Televison City – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joshua Andrew Krajcik

Place of Birth: Wooster, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 23, 1981

Ethnicity: Slovak (paternal grandfather), Norwegian, German, English, possibly other

Josh Krajcik is an American singer and songwriter. Josh is known for being a contestant on the first season of The X Factor USA.

Josh is the son of Lisa Kay Pim and Ronald Lewis “Ron” Krajcik. Josh has a brother, Zack.

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Anthony S. “Tony” Krajcik (the son of Joseph Krajcik and Mary F. Uzick/Ruziska). Joseph and Mary were from Czechoslovakia, and were likely ethnic Slovaks.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Louise I. Hagen (the daughter of Lewis/Louis Hagen/Hagan and Virgie/Virgie Irene Gress. Lewis had Norwegian ancestry. Virgie was the daughter of Joseph Brockman Gress and Nancy F. Perry.

Sources: Marriage record of Josh’s paternal grandparents –

Obituary of Josh’s paternal grandmother –


Nick Roux

by stlucas on November 14, 2017

Birth Name: Nicholas Edward Roux

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 14, 1990

Ethnicity: Slovak (maternal grandmother), French, English, possibly other

Nick Roux is an American actor.

Nick is the son of Denise Renee (Devoge) and Loyd Edward Roux.

Nick’s paternal grandparents’ surnames were Roux and Bush.

Nick’s maternal grandfather was William Edward Devoge (the son of Robert Arlen/Arllen Devoge and Gladys Artimecia Smith).

Nick’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Eleanor Mutnansk/Mutnansky (the daughter of Andrew J. Mutnansky and Pauline M. Ivan). Andrew was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Czechoslovakia. Pauline was born in Ohio, also to parents from Czechoslovakia, John Ivan and Mary.

Sources: Birth record of Nick Roux –

Birth record of Nick’s father –

Birth record of Nick’s mother –

Marriage record of Nick’s maternal grandparents, William Edward Devoge and Ruth Eleanor Mutnansk/Mutnansky –

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