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Giannina Facio

by andrew on January 15, 2017

Birth Name: Giannina Facio Franco

Place of Birth: San Josè, Costa Rica

Date of Birth: September 10, 1955

Ethnicity: Costa Rican (Spanish, possibly other)

Giannina Facio is a Costa Rican actress and producer. She is married to British film director and producer Ridley Scott.

Giannina’s father is Costa Rican politician Gonzalo Facio Segreda, who served as the Costa Rican ambassador to the U.S., from 1956 to 1958, 1962 to 1966, and again from 1990 to 1994.

Giannina’s paternal grandparents were Gonzalo Facio Ulloa and María Teresa Segreda Solera (the daughter of Rosendo Segreda Zamora and Filomena Solera Rodriguez). Rosendo was the son of Jose Ml Sagrera Paniagua and Mercedes Zamora.

Sources: Genealogies of Giannina’s father – http://www.ancestry.com
http://gw.geneanet.org

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John Wozniak

by madman on January 15, 2017

Birth Name: John Keith Wozniak

Place of Birth: Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: January 19, 1971

Ethnicity: Irish (paternal grandmother), Mexican (maternal grandmother), Polish, Ukrainian, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

John Wozniak is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead singer of the rock band Marcy Playground.

John is the son of Nora Lynn (Ashinhurst) and Robert Howard Wozniak, a psychologist. John’s father’s ancestry is half Irish, with his other roots likely being Polish and Ukrainian. John’s mother was of English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish descent on one side and Mexican (Spanish, Basque, possibly other) on the other.

John’s paternal grandfather was John Michael Wozniak (the son of Michael Wozniak and Mary Ann Stadnik). The surnames “Wozniak” and “Stadnik” are Polish and Ukrainian in origin, respectively.

John’s paternal grandmother was Mary Agnes Flood (the daughter of Peter Andrew Flood and Mary Ellen Rankin). Peter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, John Francis Flood and Mary E. McAloon. John’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was born in Warrington, Pennsylvania, also to Irish parents, Samuel G. Rankin and Margaret Grady.

John’s maternal grandfather was Horace Keith Ashinhurst (the son of Joel Ellerine Ashinhurst and Nora Loraine Thrasher). Joel was the son of Joel E. Ashinhurst and Nancy Elerine Neighbors. Nora was the daughter of William Robert Thrasher and Edna Niles Simpson.

John’s maternal grandmother was Helen Verastegui (the daughter of Enrique Casterllon Verastegui and Rose Arias). Enrique was born in Rio Verde, Mexico. Rose was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was likely the daughter of Bernadino Arias and Armenia, who were both born in California, to Mexican parents.

Sources: Obituary of John’s paternal grandfather, John Michael Wozniak – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of John’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of John Wozniak (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.genealogy.com

Genealogies of John’s maternal grandfather, Horace Keith Ashinhurst – http://www.findagrave.com
http://www.ancestry.ca

Genealogy of John’s maternal grandmother, (Helen Verastegui) Ashinhurst – http://findagrave.com

Likely John’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose Arias, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Jamie Cullum

by andrew on January 14, 2017

Birth Name: Jamie Paul J. Cullum

Place of Birth: Southend On Sea, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 20 August, 1979

Ethnicity:
*English, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Indian, Burmese, possibly some Spanish (mother)

Jamie Cullum is a British jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, and radio host. He is the son of Yvonne and John Cullum.

Jamie has stated:

My dad was born in Jerusalem; his mother managed to get out of Nazi Germany. My mum was born in Burma and when the Japanese invaded came over to the UK when she was five. Her father was Indian, her mother was Burmese. You know, dark-skinned kids in the middle of Wales in the Fifties.

He has also said, “My mother was born in Burma but my grandfather on her side was Indian-Spanish. So I have this quite exotic mix…”

Jamie’s paternal grandfather was Harry Cullum, a British Army officer.

Jamie’s paternal grandmother, Irma, was a Jewish refugee from Prussia. She lost her relatives in Holocaust. Irma is pictured here.

Jamie’s maternal grandparents were named Leonard and Hazel.

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Greg Giraldo

by madman on January 10, 2017

Birth Name: Gregory C. Giraldo

Date of Birth: December 10, 1965

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Death: September 29, 2010

Place of Death: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Ethnicity:
*Colombian (father)
*Spanish (mother)

Greg Giraldo was an American comedian, television personality, and lawyer.

Greg was the son of Dolores B. and Alfonso Giraldo. He stated that his father was from Colombia and his mother was from Spain. Greg was raised a Roman Catholic, and was fluent in Spanish.

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Denise Quiñones

by Manila on January 5, 2017

Birth Name: Denise Marie Quiñones August

Place of Birth: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: September 9, 1980

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (Spanish, possibly other)

Denise Quiñones is a Puerto Rican actress, model, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Universe 2001.

Denise is the daughter of Héctor Quiñones and Susana August.

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