Shane Madej

Birth Name: Shane Alexander Madej

Place of Birth: Schaumburg, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 16, 1986

*37.5% Polish
*25% German
*25% Slovenian
*12.5% Lithuanian

Shane Madej is an American actor, internet personality, YouTuber, and paranormal investigator. He is known for his involvement in the Buzzfeed Unsolved series, alongside Ryan Bergara. He co-founded digital entertainment company Watcher Entertainment, with Bergara and Steven Lim.

Shane is married to Sara Rubin.

Shane’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Andrew Madej (the son of Felix Madej and Katherine Dombrowska/Dąbrowska). Joseph was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents from Kłodawa, Poland.

Shane’s paternal grandmother was Eilene Helene Zachcial (the daughter of Joseph R. Zachcial and Marie Petrokas). Eilene was born in Chicago, Illinois. Joseph’s parents were Polish. Marie’s parents were Lithuanian.

Shane’s maternal grandfather was Louis Spetich (the son of John Spetich and Katharina Vatovec). Louis was born in Barberton, Ohio, to Slovenian parents.

Shane’s maternal grandmother was Janet Frey (the daughter of Earl Frey and Gertrude Marie Winkelman). Janet was born in Chicago, Illinois. Earl was born in Illinois, the son of Peter Henry Frey, whose parents were ethnic Germans, from Drachenbronn, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; and Catherine Young, who was German. Gertrude was born in Illinois, the daughter of Frederick A. Eduard Winkelman and Amelia Mehlhop, who were also the children of German parents. Gertrude had roots in Westphalia.

Sources: Draft registration of Shane’s paternal great-grandfather, Felix Madej –

Obituary of Shane’s maternal grandfather, Louis Spetich –

Shane’s maternal great-grandfather, John Spetich, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Shane’s maternal great-grandparents, Earl Frey and Gertrude Marie Winkelman –

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