Shana Feste

by stlucas on February 9, 2018

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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 –

Birth record of Shana’s mother –

Marriage record of Shana’s parents –

Death record of Shana’s maternal grandmother –

Obituary of Shana’s half-brother, James Kirk Feste –

Information about Shana’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Feste/Festi and Elizabeth Zanatell –


Filipe Luís

by andrew on October 21, 2017

Birth Name: Filipe Luís Kasmirski

Place of Birth: Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil

Date of Birth: 9 August, 1985

*62.5% Italian
*25% Polish
*12.5% Austrian

Filipe Luís is a Brazilian professional footballer. He is the son of Moises Kasmirski and Sueli Stinghen. He holds Italian citizenship through his Italian great-grandmother.

His father is of Polish and Italian ancestry. His mother has Austrian and Italian ancestry. Filipe has two children.

Filipe’s paternal grandfather is Ignacio Kasmirski (the son of Stefan Kaźmierski and Maria Grabowski). Stefan was the son of Ignacy/Ignacio Kaźmierski and Anna Cisz/Ciz. Filipe’s great-great-grandfather Ignacy was born, c. 1878, in Kalisz, Poland, to parents from Warsaw, Wojczech/Wojciech “Adalberto” Kaźmierski and Teophila/Teofila Ivitalski. Filipe’s great-great-grandmother Anna was also born in Kalisz, Poland, the daughter of Jan “João” Ciz and Michalma/Michalina Cichewska.

Filipe’s paternal grandmother is of Italian origin.

Filipe’s maternal grandfather was Ivo Stinghen (the son of Honorato Stinghen and Maria Schmitz). Honorato likely was the son of Gustavo Luigi “Augusto” Stinghen, who was born in Volano, Province of Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, and Angela Anna Bardin, who was born in Rio dos Cedros, Santa Catarina, the daughter of Giovanni Bardin and Helena Tronchi, who were of Italian descent. Filipe’s great-grandmother Maria was born in Biguaçu, Santa Catarina, the daughter of Clemens Schmitz and Julia Catarina Schweitzer.

Filipe’s maternal grandmother is Elzira Chiodini.


Obituary of Filipe’s maternal grandfather, Ivo Stinghen –

Genealogies of Filipe’s Stinghen ancestors –

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Sasha Meneghel

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Sasha Meneghel Szafir

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth: 28 July, 1998

Ethnicity: Brazilian [1/2 Jewish, at least 1/16 Italian, Portuguese, likely Polish, possibly other]

Sasha Meneghel is a Brazilian actress, model, and athlete. Sasha is the daughter of Brazilian television presenter Xuxa Meneghel (born Maria da Graça Meneghel) and actor Luciano Szafir (born Luciano Lebelson Szafir).

Sasha’s father is Jewish, and had his Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Israel. His parents have described themselves as Sephardi Jews; some sources, however, state that their ancestors were Polish Jews.

Sasha’s mother has Italian, Portuguese, and likely Polish (and other) ancestry.

Sasha’s paternal grandfather is Gabriel Szafir (the son of Szlama Szafir and Perla).

Sasha’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth “Beth” Lebelson (the daughter of Israel Lebelson and Chana Landau). Israel was the son of Shlomo Zalmen Leblsohn and Rivka Rochel Frydman. Chana was the daughter of David Landau and Esther, who were born in the Soviet Union.

Sasha’s maternal grandfather was Luiz Floriano Meneghel (the son of Eduardo Meneghel and Carolina Maliska). Eduardo’s father was originally from Imer, in the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, and moved to Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. Carolina was the daughter of Francisco Maliska and Julia Romanowski, who were ethnic Polish immigrants.

Sasha’s maternal grandmother is Alda Flores da Rocha (the daughter of Agenor Flores da Rocha and Olivia Joner). Agenor had Portuguese ancestry. Olivia was possibly of German descent.

Sources: (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)

Genealogy of Sasha Meneghel –

Genealogy of Sasha’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Birth record of Sasha’s mother –

Article about Xuxa’s maternal great-grandmother, Olivia Joner –


Xuxa Meneghel

by luckystar on May 12, 2016

Birth Name: Maria da Graça Meneghel

Place of Birth: Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Date of Birth: 27 March, 1963

Ethnicity: Brazilian [Polish, Italian, Portuguese, possibly other]

Xuxa Meneghel is a Brazilian television host, film actress, singer, model, and businessperson. Her shows have been broadcast in Portuguese, English, and Spanish worldwide. She is a two-time winner of the Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, and is also known for her epithet, “Queen of the Shorties.”

Xuxa is the daughter of Luiz Floriano Meneghel and Alda Flores da Rocha. She is married to actor and singer Junno Andrade. She has a daughter, actress, model, and athlete Sasha Meneghel, with her former husband, actor Luciano Szafir.

Xuxa has Polish, Portuguese, and Italian ancestry, the latter from the town of Imer, in the Autonomous Province of Trento. Her great-grandfather emigrated to Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. In 2013, Xuxa obtained Italian citizenship by descent.

Xuxa’s paternal grandfather is Eduardo Meneghel (whose father was Italian).

Xuxa’s paternal grandmother is Carolina Maliska (the daughter of Francisco Maliska and Julia Romanowski). Francisco was born in Poland, and was the son of Robert Maliska. Julia was born in Germany, the daughter of Felix Romanowski and Anna Alessandrovich.

Xuxa’s maternal grandparents are Agenor Flores da Rocha and Olivia Joner.

A picture of Xuxa’s mother and maternal grandmother can be seen here.

Sources: (in Portuguese)

Birth certificate of Xuxa Meneghel –

Article about Xuxa’s maternal grandmother, Olivia Joner –


Giorgio Moroder

by Manila on July 3, 2015

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Birth Name: Giovanni Giorgio Moroder

Place of Birth: Urtijëi, South Tyrol, Italy

Date of Birth: 26 April, 1940

Ethnicity: Ladin

Giorgio Moroder is an Italian record producer, songwriter, performer, and DJ. He is of Ladin descent, and is a Ladin speaker. The Ladins are an ethnic group in Northern Italy. Giorgio is married to Francisca, who is Mexican.


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