Birth Name: Maria Diane Brink
Place of Birth: Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 18, 1975
*maternal grandfather – Cuban [Spanish (including Canary Islander), other], small amount of English
*maternal grandmother – Italian, Polish
Maria Brink is an American musician. She is the lead vocalist and pianist of the heavy metal band In This Moment. Her mother is named Rita. Her father likely is named Ronald Brink. She has a son. A picture of her mother and maternal grandfather can be seen here.
Maria’s maternal grandfather was Carlos Manuel Barrera (the son of Armando Barrera and Coralia “Cora” Hernández). Carlos was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Armando was the son of Cuban emigrants, Enrique Barrera and América Cowley, the latter of Havana. The surname Cowley is of English origin. Coralia was the daughter of Cuban emigrants, Claudio Herculano Hernández Jiménez and María Agustina “Mary” González, both of Havana.
Maria’s maternal grandmother is Sylvia F. Politano (the daughter of Anthony John “Tony” Politano and Cecylia Osowicka). Sylvia was born in Amsterdam, New York. Anthony was the son of Giorgio Domenico (later George Dominic) Politano, of Naples, and of Maria (later Mary) Concetta Giuffre, of Genoa. Cecylia was the daughter of Polish emigrants, Antoni “Tony” Osowicki and Katie Lis.
Sources: Genealogy of Maria Brink (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.myheritage.com
Maria’s maternal grandfather, Carlos Manuel Barrera, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Maria’s maternal grandfather, Carlos Manuel Barrera – https://www.newcomeralbany.com
Maria’s maternal great-grandfather, Armando Barrera, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Maria’s maternal great-great-grandmother, América (Cowley) Barrera – https://www.familysearch.org
U.S. Social Security application record of Maria’s maternal great-grandmother, Coralia (Hernández) Barrera – https://aad.archives.gov
Maria’s maternal grandmother, Sylvia F. Politano, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Maria’s maternal great-grandparents, Anthony John Politano and Cecylia Osowicka – https://www.familysearch.org
Maria’s maternal great-grandfather, Anthony John Politano, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
I requested an image of América’s death certificate through remote access research request, since vital records in New York City are only accessible at the nearest FHCs. Append beside it: https://ibb.co/B4tWTtJ
To request an image of restricted record, here’s the link: https://www.familysearch.org/en/family-history-library/family-history-library-records-look-up-service
It will take up to 2 weeks to process your request. The shortest time based on my experience is two days. I’m still waiting for Joseph Estrada’s uncle’s baptismal record, so that I might add his paternal great-grandparents’ names.