Michael Badnarik

Birth Name: Michael John Badnarik

Place of Birth: Hammond, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1954

Ethnicity: Slovak, along with possibly small amounts of Hungarian and Polish

Michael Badnarik is an American software engineer, political figure, and radio talk show host.

He was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2004.

Michael is the son of Elaine Margarite/Marguerite (Gima) and John Michael Badnarik. His family is from Eastern Europe, of Slovak descent. He may also have a small amount of Hungarian and Polish ancestry, though his Hungarian- and Polish-born predecessors may have been ethnic Slovaks.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Michael Badnarik (the son of Jan/John Badnarik and Zuzanna/Susanna Kenderis/Kenderes). Michael’s grandfather Michael was Slovak.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Maria/Mary Oleksik (the daughter of Michael Oleksik and Barbara Huzvai). Maria/Mary was Slovak.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Michael Gima (the son of Michael Gima and Mary Cserep). Michael’s grandfather Michael was born in Illinois. Michael’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Kerestur, Slovakia, the son of Michael Gima, who was born in Poland, and of Maria/Mary Koval, who was born in Slovakia. Michael’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Nižný Žipov, Prešov, Slovakia, the daughter of Andrew Cserep and Barbara Kuncza, and was possibly of Hungarian descent.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Olga Kalena/Kalina (the daughter of John Kalena/Kalina and Mary Okal). Olga was born in Indiana. John and Mary were Slovak emigrants, from Klenova and Stokcin, respectively. Mary was the daughter of Andrew Okal.

Sources: Marriage record of Michael’s parents – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s father (through his own sister, Anne (Badnarik) Kunis) – http://www.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Michael’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Michael’s mother – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Michael’s maternal uncle, John Gima – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal grandparents, Michael Gima and Olga Kalena/Kalina – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Michael Gima – http://www.ancestry.com

Death record of Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Michael Gima – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Olga Kalena/Kalina – http://www.ancestry.com

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Olga (Kalena/Kalina) Gima – http://www.nwitimes.com

4 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Are you sure that Badnarik’s great-grandfather Michael Gima was not ethnically Slovak?

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