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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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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Alessandra Torresani

by follers on October 13, 2012

Birth Name: Alessandra Olivia Toreson

Place of Birth: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 29, 1987

Ethnicity: 3/8ths Polish, 1/8th Austrian (possibly Austrian-Italian), along with German, Irish, English, some Welsh

Alessandra Torresani is an American actress. She was born Alessandra Olivia Toreson.

Alessandra’s father has Austrian (possibly Austrian-Italian), Irish, German, English, and some Welsh, ancestry. Alessandra’s mother is of three quarters Polish and one quarter German descent.

Alessandra has stated that she is “half Jewish”. However, this is not correct. Alessandra is not of Jewish heritage. Alessandra is also listed in many places on the internet as being the daughter of Italian immigrants (she is not), or as being of Italian ancestry. Alessandra may not be of Italian descent in the traditional sense, although one eighth of her ancestry is from Tyrol, Austria, which had an Italian population, and she may have Italian ancestors through that line (her great-grandfather listed his language as “Tyrolean”; Tyrol is an area, now split between both Austria and Italy, which had a historically ethnically Austrian and Italian population, among others).

Alessandra’s paternal grandfather was James R. Toreson (the son of Sylvester Ludwig Toreson and Catherine Boyle). Sylvester was born in Tyrol, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the son of Louis Toreson. Catherine was born in Pennsylvania. Catherine’s father, Manus Boyle, was Irish, the son of Manus Boyle and Mary Ferry. Catherine’s mother, Catherine Elisabeth Lindeman, was German, the daughter of Conrad Lindeman and Anna Dorothea Jane Coleman/Collmann.

Alessandra’s paternal grandmother was Ruth E. Babcock (daughter of Bert H. Babcock and Lulu E. Davis). Ruth was born in Michigan, and had English, and some Welsh, ancestry. Bert was the son of Caleb S. Babcock and Sarah L. Thomas. Lulu was the daughter of Joseph Horace Davis and Willamina Elizabeth Georgina Bothwell.

Alessandra’s maternal grandparents were Stanley A. Glow (originally Glowczewski, the son of Stanley Ignacy Glowczewski and Mary Magdalene Kahler) and Dorothy M. Kaminski (the daughter of Frank J. Kaminski and Stella/Estella Lewandowska/Lewandowski). Alessandra’s great-grandfather Stanley was of Polish descent, the son of Ignatius F. Glowczewski and Francis Slupecki/Slupeck. Alessandra’s great-grandmother Mary was of German ancestry, the daughter of Frank Kahler and Louisa Nieman. Alessandra’s maternal grandmother Dorothy was of Polish descent.

Alessandra’s matrilineal great-grandmother Stella was the daughter of John Lewandowski and Marianna Pawlowska.

Sources: Genealogy of Alessandra Torresani (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage record of Alessandra’s paternal grandparents, James R. Toreson and Ruth E. Babcock –

Alessandra’s paternal grandfather, James R. Toreson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandfather, Stanley A. Glow –

Alessandra’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy M. Kaminski, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy M. (Kaminski) Glow –

Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Stella/Estella (Lewandowska/Lewandowski) Kaminski –

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Olivia Culpo

by ethnic on August 18, 2012

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Birth Name: Olivia Frances Culpo

Place of Birth: Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 8, 1992

*75% Italian
*25% Irish

Olivia Culpo is an American actress, model, beauty queen, television presenter, and cellist. She won Miss Rhode Island USA 2012, Miss USA 2012, and Miss Universe 2012.

Olivia is the daughter of Susan (Curran) and Peter Culpo. Her father is of Italian descent. Her mother is of Irish and Italian ancestry.

Olivia’s paternal grandfather was John A. Culpo (the son of Antonio Pietro/Peter J. Culpo and Emilia Formento). Antonio was born in Selva di Trissino, Province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy.

Olivia’s paternal grandmother is Madeline C. Cantarella (the daughter of John L. Cantarella and Eliza “Alice” Passerini). John was born in Scurzolengo, Piedmont, Italy, the son of Earnest Cantarella and Maddalena/Madaline Borello. Eliza was born in Arco Grotta, Province of Trento, Italy, the daughter of Antonio Passerini and Domenica Donegani.

Olivia’s maternal grandfather was Andrew Curran (the son of Francis/Frank Curran and Katherine Campbell). Francis was the son of John Curran, who was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, to Irish parents, and of Jane O’Halleran.

Olivia’s maternal grandmother is Aurora Spadea (the daughter of Agostino Spadea and Assunta Matilda Procopio). Agostino and Assunta were from Gasperina, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy. Agostino was the son of Antonio Spadea and Marianna Caruso. Assunta was the daughter of Salvatore Procopio and Serafina Caruso.

Sources: Mention of Olivia’s ancestry –

Obituary of Olivia’s paternal grandfather, John A. Culpo –

Passenger record of Olivia’s paternal great-grandfather, John L. Cantarella –

Olivia’s paternal great-grandfather, John L. Cantarella, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Olivia’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Maddalena/Madaline (Borello) Cantarella –

Obituary of Olivia’s paternal great-grandmother, Eliza “Alice” (Passerini) Cantarella –

Obituary of Olivia’s paternal great-great-aunt (great-grandmother’s sister), Gina D. (Passerini) Raiteri –

Genealogy of Olivia’s maternal grandfather, Andrew Curran (focusing on his father’s side) –

Information about Olivia’s maternal grandmother, Aurora Spadea’s, family –

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