Stefanisko Family Tree, American Branches
Maintained by: Nick Stefanisko
According to Ellis Island records thousands of people came to America in the early 20th Century.
Of particular interest are the eigth men and two women who entered between 1900 and 1922 from the Rusyn/Carpatho-Rusyn region of Eastern Europe.
They came from the villages of Alsó-Piszand & Dobroszlava in Hungary's (now Slovakia's) Sáros County(District of Makovica) near Szvidnik 10mi from the Hungarian border,
Alsohunes(pos. translation: Northern Hungary what is now Slovakia OR maybe Alsóhunkóc which is about 10mi from the Ukranian border), and
Czorni(pos. translation: Chornice, Czech Republic)
They setttled in McAdoo & Kelayres, Pennsylvania; Connecticut; Delaware; and New York. They were Stefaniskos.
We are Coal Miners, Engineers, Teachers and Professors, Film Makers, Pilots, Editors, College Students, Doctors, Nurses, Secretaries, Truck Drivers, Mechanics, Salesmen, Forest Rangers, Psycologists, Research Scientists, Writers, Poets, Musicians, Mothers, and Fathers. We are Stefaniskos.
Growing up I was told that our ancestors were from Czechoslovakia. While that was 100% true when I was a child, it was not true at the time of immigraion and it is not true now. Czechoslovakia did not exist until 1918. Prior to the end of World War I the land was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and for a time during World War II occupied by the NAZIs. Ellis Island immigration records note our ancestors ethnicity as Hungarian/Slovak. Hungary being the country, Slovak being the actual ethnicity. It is not until after 1918 that Stefaniskos entering the US are refered to as being Czechoslovakian a country that was ruled by The Soviet Union until 1989 when the USSR disbanded. In 1993 Czechoslovakia split into two countries along ethnic lines, The Czech Republic and Slovak Republic (Slovakia). The villages that our ancestors come from are now part of Slovakia.
Relationship Terms (What is a first cousin twice removed?)
Birth and death dates may not be 100% correct, they are based on:
* hand written church records
* pre-computer government filings
* 100 year old ship's manifests
Both Old World and "Americanized" or nicknames are listed where applicable.
Who can be listed:
* Anyone born with the last name Stefanisko
* Anyone married to a person born with the last name Stefanisko
* Anyone who has a parent, step-parent, or in-law born with the last name Stefanisko
Who is not listed:
Everyone else. Sorry folks, I'm sure that you love your
non-Stefanisko great-grandchildren as much as you do those that
bare the name, but I have to draw a line somewhere. One generation
of non-name barers is enough to provide a link to the other family's
How to read the tree:
* Each Generation has a common bullet: Square, Circle, or Dot (recycled every three generations)
* Children are indented under their parents
* Direct desendants are listed first on marriage lines
Michael + Mary (Michael married Mary, they have two children, Michael and John)
Michael + Gretta (Michael married Gretta, they have no children)
John + Helen (John is Michael and Mary's son, he married Helen. They have one child, Hanna.)
Hanna + Robert (Hanna is Michael and Mary's grandaughter, she married Robert)
Sometimes you will see a line that seems like there are three (or more) people
involved in one marriage. That is not actually the case:
* Names that are
Indicates DNA linkage is confirmed for this person.
Miklos "Nicklos/Nicholas" Stefanisko (12/12/1885-5/1964) + Helen Grega (?/?/?-?/?/?)
Margaret Stefanisko (??/??/1928) + ? Setzer
Joseph Stefanisko (Stevens)
John Stefanisko (Stevens)
Andrew R. Stefanisko (3/23/1920-5/21/2001) + Frances Ferrari
Anna Stefanisko (1914 - 2003) + Charles Samitz Sr. (? - 1980)
Emil Stefanisko (1926 - 5/9/1936)
Verna B. Stefanisko (1918-2/22/2001) + John E. Slivka (?/?/?-1979)
Nicholas Stefanisko (? ? ?-1961) + Tekla "Stella" Shetletski (9/26/1913-8/29/1999)
Peter Stefanisko (died in infancy)
Agnes Stefanisko (1929-1971) + John Kowalchyk
Penny Stefanisko (deceased) + ? ? ?
William Stefanisko (07/17/1933 - 11/12/2013) + Arline Ray (6/9/1935 - 9/9/2018)
Debbie Stefanisko + Peter Gamble
William Anthony Stefanisko + Jeanette McKinley
Keith Ray Stefanisko (??/??/1987)
Nicholas Stefanisko + Marie S Tanski
Peter Stefanisko + Kimberley J. Ryan Ball (2/18/1966 - 7/7/2009)
Dylan Hunter Stefanisko (2/25/1993)
Tessa Elizabeth Stefanisko (10/2/1994)
Daniel Allen Stefanisko (5/7/1962) + Stephanie Amend
Natasha Stefanisko (5/12/1972) + ??? Katznelson
Patricia Stefanisko (9/4/1945) + Robert Lopiano
Joseph Stefanisko +
sticken out indicate divorce
* Names that are in italics indicate death
? ? ? + Isabel Sheridan
Jennifer Stefanisko + Jay Gould-Stuckey
John Stefanisko (1/19/1934-7/7/1976) + Alice Hill (3/19/1941-6/20/2018)
Donna Stefanisko (7/7/1959) + ? ? ?
Nicholas Stefanisko (6/29/1976)
Linda A. Stefanisko + Peter H Ranft + Matthew Fahrner
Andrew Ranft (1990)
Gorg "George" Stefanisko (1866-? ? ?) + Mary Mnyahunchak (? ? ?-? ? ?)
John "Doggy" Stefanisko (3/15/1905-1/1969) + Anna Crepak (7/1/1909-4/9/1986)
John "Junior" Stefanisko (1930-7/3/2003-8/4/2003) + Joan Yurksaitis + Martha Carmadella Holodick
Julie Ann Stefanisko + Stewart Johnson (??/??/?? - ??/??/2009)
Marcus Stewart Johnson
Alycia Joan Johnson
Noreen Joan Stefanisko + Gary Charboneau
Brandon Gary Charboneau
Nichole Lynn Charboneau
Jennifer Rose Charboneau
Phillip Stephen Charboneau
Jerry Stefanisko + Margaret Benko + Ursula Uhrin
Melissa Stefanisko (2/28/1978) + Joseph J Maley
Alexander Joseph Maley (11/10/2007)
Nicholas Edward Maley (3/09/2009)
Christopher Stefanisko (1959-1983)
Dale J. Stefanisko + Marilyn ?
Jake Stefanisko (12/6/1998)
Lorie Stefanisko (??/??/?? - 2/??/2009) + Mark Hieser
Debra Stefanisko (1957 - 1960)
Carla Carmadella + ? Horvath
Colette Carmadella + Don Markel
Tara Carmadella + Matthew Wysowski
Norman "Squibbsy" Stefanisko + Gina ? ? + Angeline G Demelfy (1938)
Karen Stefanisko (1958-1976)
Sharon Stefanisko + Matt Skoteck
Neil Stefanisko ( - 4/6/2021) + Shannon
Arlene Stefanisko (1939) + Francis Krolick
Arlene M. Krolick (5/26/1959) + Albert Compinski (7/22/1952) + Matthew McClanahan (2/11/1961)
John Krolick + Gail Carson
Eleanor Stefanisko + Michael Makara
Nancy Makara + Steve Acuto
Edward Stefanisko (7/19/1931-6/1978) + Marie Koren (10/14/1933-2/28/1997)
Donna Stefanisko + Mark Kunkel
Bernard "Bucky" Stefanisko (9/4/1935-8/22/1994) + Mildred Krupa (2/6/1938-7/22/1991)
Joseph Stefanisko (1958) + Deborah Sackette
April Stefanisko (1989)
Dianne Stefanisko (1959) + Russell Postupack (1958)
Rachael Postupack (1982)
Julia Postupack (1985)
Elizabeth Postupack (1989)
Denise Stefanisko (1961) + Michael Rush (1964)
Brandon Rush (1990)
Brittany Rush (1991)
Dylan Rush (1992)
Bernard Stefanisko (1963)
Michael J. Stefanisko (1965-10/28/2003)
Michael Stefanisko (10/7/1906-6/1986) + Jennie Washelofski (7/2/1916-8/1984)
Michael Robert Stefanisko (8/16/1939-4/21/1993) + Margaret M. Kostic
Janet A. Stefanisko + ? ? King
Kimberly King (8/16/1992)
Robert Michael Stefanisko (8/22/1963) + Michelle K. Cooper (6/5/1963)
Colden Robert Stefanisko (1/18/1993)
Marah Nicole Stefanisko (8/4/1996)
Mary Stefanisko (2/21/1909-6/13/2000) + Frank Reshetar
Edward "Teddy" Reshetar + Irene ?
Anna Stefanisko (1/8/1908-9/18/2000) + John Zavalick(???-1998)
Joan Zavalick + John Critchosin
Irene Zavalick (? ? ? - 1992) + Robert Ackles
Helen "Tillie" Stefanisko (??/??/?? - 3/??/2000) + George Krisnitski
Robert "Bob" George Krisnitski
George Stefanisko Jr. (1920 - 2001) + Mary L. Koscica (12/17/1927-12/29/1996)
Julia Stefanisko (? ? ?-7/7/1993) + Tilghman Boyer
Susan "Sue" Stefanisko + ? Billet
Margaret Stefanisko (1927) + ? Litwak
Agnes Stefanisko + ? Smarr
Elizabeth "Betty" Stefanisko (12/8/1925-11/8/2002)
Andro "Andrew" Stefanisko (10/4/1900-4/1981) + Helen ? Simchak (6/1/1900-??/??/????)
Mary Stefanisko + ? ? Gagan
Andrew Joseph Gagan
John Stefanisko (??/??/1881-??/??/1925) + Helen ? ? (8/17/1889-??/??/1925)
John Stefanisko (9/21/1905-12/1976) + Mary ? ?
Rita Stefanisko (1931) + Joseph Prekopa (1922)
Donald Stefanisko (1941) + Jean Ann ?
Mark D. Stefanisko + Diane ? ?
Marian Stefanisko (1942) + Gerald Tyma
Frank Stefanisko (5/14/1908-7/1953) + Anna Burcin (4/15/1913 - 1/21/1975)
Shirley Stefanisko (1933) + Charles Nail + Max Abellana
Craig Frank Stefanisko (1959) + Amy Elson (1969)
Anna Elizabeth Stefanisko (2005)
Yolanda Abellana (1964) + Bradley Klotz
Joanne Stefanisko (1948) + James R. Davis Jr. (1947)
Scott Davis (1971) + Michele Phillips (1970)
Michael Stefanisko (3/10/1910-2/1952) + Mary A. Shogi (12/11/1910-10/30/1996)
Leonard T. Stefanisko
Rosemary Stefanisko + Norbert "Norby' Michael Izzador Kapes (1941 - 4/23/2015)
Brian Kapes (1970)
Michael Emil Stefanisko (4/28/1943-5/30/2001) + Doris Elaine Green (4/9/1944)
Nicklos James Stefanisko (6/19/1969) + Teresa Lee Stayton (12/20/1972 - 12/31/2017)
Zakry William-Miguel Stefanisko (9/11/2002)
Michele Marie Stefanisko (6/14/1972) + Craig Lewallen ()
Lilyana Rose Lewallen (3/11/2007)
Nicholas Stefanisko (2/18/1912-9/25/1980)
Joseph "Whitey" Stefanisko (10/22/1915-7/11/1990) + Gertrude I. Rohrer (7/9/1917-3/19/1998)
William "Billy" J. Stefanisko + Amber S. White
Christopher Stefanisko + Brenda Meli
Jane "Janey" Stefanisko
Robert J. "Bobby" Stefanisko (7/12/1950 - 1/15/2019) + Cynthia Johns + Linda McGinnis (4/17/1957 - 7/7/2007)
Jeffery Robert Stefanisko (7/22/1977) + Krista Leigh Cipriano (6/11/1978)
Tyler James Stefanisko (3/5/2007)
Ella Marie Stefanisko (1/2/2009)
Robert J. "Robby" Stefanisko II (8/13/1986)
Gary Stefanisko + Christa
Joseph "Joe" Stefanisko
Vasil "William" Stefanisko (1/10/1887-9/1965) + Maria Nebesná
"Girl" Stefanisko + "Boy" Siryov
Reportedly had 12 children
The family sapling is starting to fill out nicely. "From little acorns, mighty oaks grow."
There are now about 240 etries in the tree!
- Thanks to Margaret "Marge" Stefanisko for the information about her husband Mike's line.
- Thanks to Mike Stefanisko (My dad) for the information on his uncle Joe!
- Thanks to Mary Stefanisko-Gagan for the information about her father Andrew and grandfather Joseeph. Still lots to learn here, but it's a start.
- Thanks to Denise Stefanisko-Rush for the information about her Grandpa John.
- Thanks to Dianne Stefanisko-Postupack for the information about all her first cousins.
- Thanks to George Stefanisko for the huge correction, it was four brothers not three. There's even more of us than I thought.
- Thanks to Pete and Kim for the final key to their branch. After all that work, I may still have it wrong.
- Thanks to Donna for filling in a huge chunk of the Nicholas portion of the tree.
- Thanks to Dale for filling in more of the John branch.
- Thanks to Amber for filling in her kids.
- Thanks to Jeffrey for his information.
- Thanks to www.ellisislandrecords.org for adding to the confusion.
- Thanks to Vicki Krisnitski for info about Grandma Tillie's line.
- Thanks to Diane Stefanisko for info about Joe and Mary's branch.
- Thanks to Helen Stefanisko for the information about the other Andrew that I thought it was a clerical error.
- Thanks to Craig F Stefanisko for the information about Frank and Anna and for providing the link to Joann and James Davis who were first found in the Smith Family Tree on the internet. That tree does not seem to exist any more.
- Thanks to 23 and Me. As a child I was told that three brothers came to the US from Czechoslovakia. DNA confirms that Miklos, Gorg, and Andrew are related as can be inferred by the DNA relations that their great-grandchildren share.
References to these people have been found on the internet, they will be inserted when I find out where they belong:
Christa Stefanisko (Contacted, Prefers to remain detached)
Mary Stefanisko + Andrew R. Kubishin (? - 1981)
M. C. Brosius + ? Stefanisko
Joseph Stefanisko + Mildred Beermann(3/18/1915 - 1/15/2005) But Which Joe, there are two that are about the right age.