Callie Khouri

by stlucas on July 1, 2018

Callie Khouri – PaleyFest 2013 Presents “Nashville” – Arrivals – Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Carolyn Ann Khouri

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 27, 1957

*Syrian-Lebanese (father)
*German, English, French (mother)

Callie Khouri is an American film and television screenwriter, producer, and director.

Callie is the daughter of Virginia Mae (Uland) and Eli Khouri, Jr. Callie’s father was of Lebanese descent. Callie’s mother was mostly of German, English, and French ancestry. Callie was raised in Kentucky. She is married to record producer, musician, and songwriter T Bone Burnett.

Eli’s paternal grandfather was Eli Khouri, Sr. Eli was born in Syria.

Eli’s paternal grandmother was Della Shaheen (the daughter of John Shaheen and Lizzie Thomas). Della was born in Kentucky. John and Lizzie were born in Syria.

Callie’s maternal grandfather was Harry E. Uland (the son of John Uland and LaVicie Elizabeth Combs). Harry was born in Indiana. John was born in Indiana, the son of John Uland and Mary Ann Bays. LaVicie was born in Indiana, the daughter of Aaron Combs and Ruth Burch.

Callie’s maternal grandmother was Amelia Wyly (the daughter of Samuel Snow Wyly and Belladonna Shelburne Brashear). Amelia was born in Kentucky. Samuel was born in Alabama, the son of Benjamin Cleveland Wyly and Elsie Ann Snow. Belladonna was born in Kentucky, the daughter of Samuel Brashear/Brashears and Amelia.

Sources: Birth record of Callie Khouri –

Obituary of Callie’s mother –


John Shiban

by stlucas on June 14, 2018

07/30/2012 – John Shiban – AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” Season 2 Premiere – Arrivals – Paley Center for Media – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

Birth Name: John J. Shiban

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 8, 1962

*Syrian (father)
*Austrian, Danish, English, Irish (mother)

John Shiban is an American television writer, director, and producer.

John is the son of Ramona Marie (Wustner) and John Roosevelt Shiban. His father was of Syrian descent. His mother had Austrian, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry. John is married to Janet, with whom he has a son.

John’s paternal grandparents were John Shiban and Anna. John and Anna were born in Syria.

John’s maternal grandfather was Lorenz Josef Wustner (the son of Franz Josef Wustner and Sophia Dorothea Paulsen). Lorenz was born in North Dakota. Franz was born in Austria, the son of Lorenz Wustner and Rosina Mangeng. Sophia was born in Vamdrup, Denmark.

John’s maternal grandmother was named Rubie Hines/Haines Ward (who likely was the daughter of Roy Otis Ward and Katherine Delnore Madigan). Roy was born in Iowa, the son of William W. Ward and Ella Letitia Haines. Katherine was born in Canada.

Sources: Birth record of John Shiban –

John’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s mother –

Obituary of John’s uncle (mother’s brother), Lorenz Franz “Larry” Wustner –


Jane Wiedlin

by savanna on May 29, 2018

Jane Wiedlin – 2014 Hollywood Bowl Opening Night and Hall of Fame Ceremony – Arrivals – Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 Headshot – False – Photo Credit: Janice Ogata /

Birth Name: Jane Marie Genevieve Wiedlin

Place of Birth: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 20, 1958

*German, Swiss-German (father)
*Lebanese/Syrian (mother)

Jane Wiedlin is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known as the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the rock band The Go-Go’s. She has also had a solo musical career.

Jane is the daughter of Betty Jane (Herro) and Robert Arthur Wiedlin, Sr. Her father was of German and Swiss-German ancestry. Her mother was of Lebanese/Syrian descent, and was from Oconomowoc, where many emigrants from Lebanon settled.

Jane’s paternal grandparents were Roy Vincent Wiedlin and Genevieve Catherine Bastian. Roy and Genevieve were born in Illinois.

Jane’s maternal grandparents were Joseph Kalel Herro (the son of Elias Herro) and Genevieve Nemior. Joseph and Genevieve were born in Syria.

Sources: Genealogies of Jane’s parents –

Jane’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Traci Dinwiddie

by madman on March 19, 2018

Place of Birth: Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 22, 1973

Ethnicity: Syrian, German, Cherokee Native American

Traci Dinwiddie is an American actress.

Traci’s surname, Dinwiddie, is from her stepfather, and is Scottish in origin. She has Syrian, German, and Cherokee Native American ancestry.

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Mitch Daniels

by follers on March 2, 2018

Birth Name: Mitchell Elias Daniels, Jr.

Place of Birth: Monongahela, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 7, 1949

*Syrian (father)
*English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and Welsh (mother)

Mitch Daniels is an American academic administrator, businessperson, author, and politician. He has been President of the Purdue University System, since January 14, 2013. A Republican, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget, from January 20, 2001 to June 6, 2003, and Governor of Indiana, from January 10, 2005 to January 14, 2013.

Mitch is the son of Dorothy Mae (Wilkes) and Mitchell Elias Daniels. His father’s parents were Syrian, of the Antiochian Greek Orthodox church. His mother was of English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry, entirely descended from recent immigrants. Mitch is of the Presbyterian faith.

Mitch is married to Cheri Daniels, with whom he has four children.

Mitch’s paternal grandparents were Elias Daniels (the son of Assa Daniel) and Afifi/Hannah. Elias was born in Khiletiah, near Homs, Syria.

Mitch’s maternal grandfather was Russell W. Wilkes (the son of George W. Wilkes and Sarah Phebe Bytheway). Russell was born in Pennsylvania, to English parents. Sarah was born in Ettingshall, Shropshire, the daughter of Edward Bytheway and Jane Causer/Humphreys.

Mitch’s maternal grandmother was Bessie Riley (the daughter of William Riley and Hannah). Bessie was born in Pennsylvania. William was the son of Thomas Riley, who was Scottish, and of Elizabeth, who was born in Pennsylvania or Scotland, to Welsh parents. Hannah was English.

Source: Genealogy of Mitch Daniels –