Caterina Scorsone

by stlucas on February 16, 2018

Caterina Scorsone – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” World Premiere – Arrivals – Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / HollywoodNewsWire.net / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Caterina Reminy Scorsone

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: October 16, 1981

*Italian (father)
*English, Scottish (maternal grandfather)
*Swedish (maternal grandmother)

Caterina Scorsone is a Canadian actress.

Caterina is the daughter of Suzanne Rozell and Antonio Bruno Scorsone. Among Caterina’s siblings is actress Francesca Scorsone. Caterina is married to musician Rob Giles, with whom she has two daughters.

Caterina’s maternal grandfather was Walter Henry Rozell, Jr. (the son of Walter Henry Rozell, Sr. and Eileen Adelaide Ferguson). Caterina’s great-grandfather Walter was the son of Henry W. Rozell and Elizabeth. Eileen was born in New Jersey, to a father from England and a mother from Canada.

Caterina’s maternal grandmother was Gunhild Wilhelmina Nicholson (the daughter of Carl Magnus Nicholson and Olga S. Nykvist). Gunhild was born in New York, to parents from Sweden. Olga was the daughter of Vilhelm Nykvist.

Sources: Obituary of Caterina’s maternal grandfather, Walter Henry Rozell, Jr. – http://www.nytimes.com


Erin Darke

by stlucas on February 13, 2018

Erin Darke – “Kill Your Darlings” New York City Screening Hosted by Cinema Society and Johnston & Murphy – Arrivals – Paris Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Debby Wong / PR Photos

Birth Name: Erin Constance Maja-Darke

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

Date of Birth: September 10, 1984

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, French-Canadian, 1/8 Swedish

Erin Darke is an American actress.

Erin is the daughter of Kristina “Kris” (Strand) and Ian Harvey Darke.

Erin’s paternal grandfather was Reginald Harvey “Reg” Darke (the son of Percival “Percy” Darke and Constance Scott). Percival was the son of Harvey Darke, who was from Manchester, England, and of Susannah Jacques, who was from Sunderland, England. Constance was also a British immigrant to Canada.

Erin’s paternal grandmother was Agnes Nora Jean Milne (the daughter of Andrew Milne and Mary Baxter Dale). Agnes was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Andrew was born in Canada, to Scottish parents, Peter Milne, who was from Maud, Aberdeenshire, and Elspeth. Mary Baxter was also born in Canada, the daughter of Peter Dale and Maria Green.

Erin’s maternal grandfather was David Norman Strand (the son of Oscar Laurence Strand and Eletha Henrietta Cole). Oscar was the son of Swedish parents, John K. Strand and Christine Hagelin/Hazelin. Eletha was the daughter of William Jefferson Cole and Emily Jane Patten, who was from Ontario, Canada.

Erin’s maternal grandmother was Phyllis June Goff (the daughter of Clarence E. Goff and Edna K. Beaubien/Beaubian). Clarence was the son of Edward Goff and Bertha Sager. Edna was the daughter of Frederick Joseph Beaubian and Lillian/Lillie Mary Richard.

Sources: Genealogy of Erin’s father – http://www.genealogy.com

Information about Erin’s paternal great-grandparents, Percival “Percy” Darke and Constance Scott – http://www.durhamatwar.org

Obituary of Erin’s paternal grandmother, Agnes Nora Jean (Milne) Darke – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Erin’s maternal grandfather, David Norman Strand – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Erin’s maternal grandmother, Phyllis June (Goff) Strand – http://martinfuneralhome.com


Shana Feste

by stlucas on February 9, 2018

Shana Feste – “Country Strong” Nashville Premiere – Arrivals – Green Hills Cinema – Nashville, TN, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 Headshot – False – Photo Credit: Bob Charlotte / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 28, 1975

*English, Italian, German (father)
*Swedish, Norwegian (mother)

Shana Feste is an American film director and screenwriter.

She is the daughter of Lana Anne (Sponaas) and Robert James Feste, Sr. Shana is married to producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.

Shana’s paternal grandfather was Joseph James Feste (the son of Joseph F. “Joe” Feste/Festi and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Zanetell/Zonetell). Shana’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in Tyrol, Austria, and was likely of Italian descent. Elizabeth was born in either Colorado or New Mexico, to parents from Germany, Antonio Zanetell and Anna Amelia Hondorf.

Shana’s paternal grandmother was Ruby Rowland (who likely was the daughter of Robert H. Rowland and Sallie).

Shana’s maternal grandfather likely was Andrew Norman Sponaas, Jr. (the son of Andrew A. Sponaas, Sr. and Anna Johnson). Andrew Norman was born in Michigan, to parents from Norway.

Shana’s maternal grandmother was Lillian May Westin (the daughter of Ewald/Evald Westin and Signa/Signe Johnson/Johanson). Ewald was born in Sweden, the son of Andrew Westin and Inga Backins. Signa was also born in Sweden, the daughter of Andrew Johnson/Johanson.

Sources: Birth record of Shana Feste – http://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Shana’s mother – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Shana’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Shana’s maternal grandmother – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Shana’s half-brother, James Kirk Feste – http://www.newhopefh.com

Information about Shana’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Feste/Festi and Elizabeth Zanatell – http://www.ancestry.co.uk


Jason Blum

by stlucas on February 9, 2018

Jason Blum – “The Normal Heart” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – The Ziegfeld Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jason Ferus Blum

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 20, 1969

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*German, Swedish, English, Irish (mother)

Jason Blum is an American film producer.

Jason is the son of Shirley Marie (Neilsen) and Irving Blum. His father is Jewish. His mother is mostly of German, Swedish, English, and Irish descent. Jason is married to journalist Lauren A.E. Schuker.

Jason’s paternal grandparents were Harry Blum and Adele/Adelle Fern. Harry and Adele were from Austria.

Jason’s maternal grandfather was Melvin L. Neilsen/Neilson (the son of Louis W. Neilson and Hilma). Louis was born in Germany. Hilma was born in Kansas, to Swedish parents.

Jason’s maternal grandmother was Anna Keyes (the daughter of James Keyes and Bessie Parker). James was from New York. Bessie was Irish.

Sources: Birth record of Jason Blum – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Jason’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Jason’s mother – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Jason’s maternal grandmother, Anna (Keyes) Neilsen/Neilson – http://www.familysearch.org


Paul Thomas Anderson

by follers on January 27, 2018

Paul Thomas Anderson – 17th Annual BAFTA L.A. Britannia Awards – Arrivals – Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel – Century City, CA, USA – Photo Credit: GL / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 26, 1970

Ethnicity: Irish, as well as Swedish, English, French-Canadian, Scottish

Paul Thomas Anderson is an American filmmaker.

He is the son of Edwina E. (Gough) and Ernie Anderson (Ernest Earle Anderson). His father, also known as horror host Ghoulardi, was a television and radio actor, comic, and disc jockey. Paul has four children with his partner, film and television actress and comedian Maya Rudolph.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Ernest Clifton Anderson (the son of Oscar F. Anderson and Mina L. Williams). Oscar was born in Massachusetts, to Swedish parents. Mina was also born in Massachusetts, to a Swedish-born father.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Emily May Melanson (the daughter of Ranchford/Ransford Blaise/A. Melanson and Elizabeth M. Regan). Ranchford was born in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Julius Jude S. Melanson and Belinda Blandine Bourque. Elizabeth was the daughter of George A. Reagan and Elizabeth M. Keenan.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Edward Thomas Gough (the son of James Richard Gough and Catherine Joyce). Edward was born in Ohio. James was born in Napier, Metcalfe Twp., Middlesex Cty., Ontario, Canada, the son of James Gough, who was born in Ireland, and of Nancy/Annie/Anie McIntyre, whose parents were from Argyllshire, Scotland. Catherine was Irish, the daughter of Peter Joyce and Mary.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Honora Pauline “Nan” Davern (the daughter of Edward Joseph Davern and Aloysia Johanna White). Honora was born in New York. Edward was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, Michael J. Davern, from Lisdoonvarna, Claire, and Eleanor T. “Ellen” Reardon. Aloysia was the daughter of John J. White, who was Irish, and of Honora E. “Nora” Murphy, who was of Irish descent.

Sources: Genealogies of Paul Thomas Anderson (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Paul’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Clifton Anderson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Paul’s paternal grandmother, Emily May Melanson, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org