iJustine

by Manila on June 18, 2015

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Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 20, 1984

Ethnicity: Slovak, Croatian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, German [including Sudeten German], French-Canadian, remote English and Swiss-German

iJustine, also known by her birth name of Justine Ezarik, is an American comedian, internet personality, actress, and television host. She is the daughter of Michelle M. (Borshow) and Stephen Joseph “Steve” Ezarik III. She is the sister of internet personalities Breanne Ezarik and Jenna Ezarik.

iJustine’s paternal grandfather was Stephen Joseph “Steve/Skid” Ezarik, Jr. (the son of István Tesařík, later Stephen “Steve” Ezarik, Sr., and Anna Szlota). István was born in Pečovská Nová Ves, Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia), the son of János Tesařík and Mária Tutoká. Anna was also born in Pečovská Nová Ves, and was the daughter of János Szlota and Mária Kurimská. The surname “Szlota” is possibly of Hungarian origin, because Slovakia also has people with German, Hungarian, and other ancestors. Some surnames in Slovakia follow the convention of these languages. However, it is unclear if iJustine has Hungarian ancestry.

iJustine’s paternal grandmother is Helen Grayce Petrick (the daughter of Wilhelm Petrisek, later William Petrick, and Helen Grace Derouin). Wilhelm was born in Germany, of Croatian, Hungarian, and German descent; he was the son of George Petrisek, who was from Croatia, and of Julianna/Julia Getto, who was born in Beremend, Hungary. iJustine’s great-grandmother Helen Derouin was the daughter of Joseph Baptist Louis Derouin/Derrouin, whose father was French-Canadian, and of Margaret Anna Moyer, who was of German, and remote English and Swiss-German, descent.

iJustine’s maternal grandfather was Fred Borsh/Borshow (the son of Ananij/Ananiy/Amany/Anany/Andy/Samuel Borsch/Borschev/Borshow and Katerina/Catherine Karlashoff/Karlashova). Fred was born in Ohio. Ananij was born in Ilask/Ilossk/Elossk, likely the city in Belarus. Katerina was Ukrainian.

iJustine’s maternal grandmother was Anna Helen “Ann” Lepo (the daughter of Vladimir “Walter” Lepo and Catherine/Katherine Malinac). Anna was born in Ohio, to Croatian parents.

Sources: Genealogy of iJustine – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of iJustine’s paternal grandparents, Stephen Joseph Ezarik, Jr. and Helen Grayce Petrick – https://familysearch.org

iJustine’s paternal grandfather, Stephen Joseph Ezarik, Jr., on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of iJustine’s paternal grandfather, Stephen Joseph Ezarik, Jr. – http://www.greenleefuneralhome.com

Baptismal record of iJustine’s paternal great-grandfather, István Tizsarik – https://familysearch.org

Baptismal record of iJustine’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna Szlota – https://familysearch.org

iJustine’s paternal grandmother, Helen Grayce Petrick, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Partial genealogies, and death records, of iJustine’s paternal great-grandparents, Wilhelm Petrisek, later William Petrick, and Helen Grace Derouin – https://www.findagrave.com

iJustine’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Adam Getto and Erzsébet/Elizabeth Reiter, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

iJustine’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Baptist Louis Derouin/Derrouin, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of iJustine’s maternal grandfather, Fred Borsh/Borshow – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com

iJustine’s maternal grandfather, Fred Borsh/Borshow, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

World War I Draft Registration card of iJustine’s maternal great-grandfather, Ananij/Ananiy/Amany/Anany/Andy/Samuel Borsch/Borschev/Borshow – https://familysearch.org

Naturalization record of iJustine’s maternal great-grandfather, Ananij/Ananiy/Amany/Anany/Andy/Samuel Borsch/Borschev/Borshow – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of iJustine’s maternal grandmother, Anna Helen Lepo – http://birth-records.mooseroots.com

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madman June 26, 2017 at 5:22 am

Wilhelm was a German immigrant, the son of George Petrisek and Julia Getto —> Wilhelm was born in Germany, of Croatian, Hungarian, and German descent, the son of George Petrisek, who was from Croatia, and Julianna/Julia Getto, who was born in Beremend, Hungary.

When I write “Croatian, Hungarian, and German” I am presuming to a large extent. Julianna, and presumably George as well, were from the border region between Hungary and Croatia, an area with Hungarians, Croats, and Germans, thus making it hard to determine their ancestors’ exact ethnicity. I’ll just gather everything we know here, and then maybe bablah or someone can make sense of it:

All we know about George Petrisek is that he was born in Yugoslavia, to Mathias Petrisek, so only having his surname and spouse’s religion to go on, he was likely Croatian. Julianna Getto was the daughter of Adam Getto, from Petlovac, Croatia, and Elizabeth/Erzsébet Reiter, from Beremend, Hungary. Both Adam and Elizabeth listed their language as “Croatian” on the 1930 U.S. census. Adam was the son of Joseph Getto, who is said to have been born in Hungary. I don’t know the origin of the surname “Getto”, or if there’s a similar Croatian, Hungarian, or German surname. Elizabeth was the daughter of János Reiter and Erzsébet Krammer, who are both said to be from Hungary. Their first names are obviously Hungarian, but both their surnames sound German to me. So; was it common for Germans in Hungary to adopt Hungarian names, and could ethnic Hungarians carry the surnames “Reiter” and “Krammer” (without having German ancestry)?

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74573663
https://www.geni.com/people/William-Petrick/6000000037141068241
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHH1-2DJ

who was of French-Canadian descent —> whose father was French-Canadian
(since Joseph’s mother’s parents were both Pennsylvania-born)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWXG-1ZL

On the 1930 U.S. census, Andy Borsh lists his mother tongue as “Russian” while his wife Catherine spoke “Little Russian” (another name for Ukrainian). If they spoke the same language (Ukrainian), wouldn’t they’ve written the same thing, whether it would be “Russian” or “Little Russian”? Andy was born in Ilosk or Elossk, Russia. The only place I’ve found that comes close to those two names is Ilask in Belarus. So maybe Andy was in fact Belarusian.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G99D-94G6?i=575&cc=1987615
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-L1VJ-9HD2?i=1092&cc=1968530
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4SS-HXN

bablah June 26, 2017 at 5:45 am

I think Getto is Hungarian.

>could ethnic Hungarians carry the surnames “Reiter” and “Krammer” (without having German ancestry)

Yes and no. It’s possible they tought of themselves as Hungarians, while still having some German ancestry or even no German ancestry at all. It is however odd that both have German last names so this is likely just a case of magyarisation of first names. Notice how Slovaks in the church books often have Hungarian first names, even though they have absolutely no Hungarian ancestors. So a Slovak called Štefan or a German called Stefan will often appear as Istvan on the paper, but will never use that name in real life.

I think you’re right about Belarussian part. The Russian version of the town name is indeed Ilossk.

Manila June 12, 2016 at 11:39 pm

István Tizsarik, later Stephen “Steve” Ezarik, Sr., and Anna Szlota). István and Anna were Slovak immigrants, from Pečovská Nová Ves. István was the son of János Tizsarik and Mária Tutoky. Anna was the daughter of János Szlota and Mária Kurimszky. -> István Tizsarik, later Stephen “Steve” Ezarik, Sr., and Anna Szlota). István and Anna were Slovak immigrants, from Pečovská Nová Ves. István was the son of János Tizsarik and Mária Tutoky. Anna was the daughter of János Szlota and Mária Kurimszky. -> István Tesařík, later Stephen “Steve” Ezarik, Sr., and Anna Szlota). István was born in Pečovská Nová Ves, Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia), to János Tesařík and Mária Tutoká. Anna was also born in Pečovská Nová Ves, to János Szlota and Mária Kurimská. The surname “Szlota” is of possibly Hungarian origin because Slovakia also has people with German, Hungarian, and other ancestors. So, some surnames in Slovakia have to follow the convention of those languages. However, it is unclear if this is accurate.

Same applies to her sisters.

Manila October 17, 2015 at 2:56 am

iJustine’s maternal grandparents were likely Frederick Borshow and Ann/Anna H. -> iJustine’s maternal grandparents were Frederick “Fred” Borshow and Anna Helen “Ann” Lepo (the daughter of Vladimir “Walter” Lepo and “Catherine/Katherine” Malinac).

Borshow sounds Jewish while Lepo and Malinac sound Croatian. Still, iJustine’s maternal ethnicity is unclear, but I am sure that her mother was of Slavic descent.

Here’s the birth record of iJustine’s maternal grandmother: http://birth-records.mooseroots.com/l/2456617/Anna-Helen-Lepo

Manila October 17, 2015 at 2:57 am

Catherine/Katherine’s real name may be Kata or Katarina. I am not sure if this was her passenger record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJB1-853

follers October 17, 2015 at 3:16 am

I doubt that iJustine’s grandfather was Jewish. More likely than not, he was of non-Jewish Eastern European background. The surname was probably changed somewhat from what it originally was.

Fred and Anna Borshow were members of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America.
https://books.google.ca/books?id=8eq3AAAAIAAJ&q=%22Anna+H.+Borshow+and+Fred+Borshow%22&dq=%22Anna+H.+Borshow+and+Fred+Borshow%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CBMQ6AEwAGoVChMIkYOGkKPJyAIVSCUeCh20ZwkS

Fred Borshow worked in the mines in Pennsylvania, which would be atypical for someone of Eastern European Jewish background, but was common for non-Jewish Eastern Europeans of the time.

Manila October 17, 2015 at 5:18 am

That will be interesting. The bad news is, Fred is not listed on U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index.

How about if we will borrow that book?

follers October 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

The relevant part in the book is just a listing of names. I don’t think it has any more information.

I found Fred’s birth record.

ann October 22, 2015 at 6:22 am

“Karlashoff” and “Borshow”(Borshchov) is not Jewish names (although, of course, Jews could take that surnames). Borshow came from the word Borsch (Borscht) Ukrainian soup. Borshow is also old noble family in Russia. “Ananij (Ananiy)” is name of Jewish origin, but non-Jewish people in Ukraine/Russia/Belarus also use it in that time, just like my great-great-grandfather. Although both the surnames are Russian.

Manila October 17, 2015 at 12:36 am

Margaret Anna Moyer was also of remote Swiss-German descent.

hesh123 October 16, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Internet personality? WOW WHAT A CELEB

Manila October 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm

I hereby verify that Michelle’s maiden surname is Borshow; also, her middle initial is M.: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K511-NZN

Manila October 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Joseph Baptist Derouin -> Joseph Baptist Louis Derouin

Manila October 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Stephen, Jr. is already deceased.

Devotion October 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Looks 100% Slovak

andrew October 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm
Manila October 16, 2015 at 8:46 am

Wilhelm was the son of George Petrisek and Julia Getto. Helen Grace was the daughter of French-Canadian immigrant Joseph Louis Derouin and Margaret Anna Moyer.

Manila October 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Sorry, Joseph is not a French-Canadian immigrant. But, his second given name is Baptist.

Manila October 16, 2015 at 8:38 am

By the way, I have several corrections to make:
István Ezarik -> István Tizsarik
Anna Slota -> Anna Szlota

István was the son of János Tizsarik and Mária Tutoky. Anna was the daughter of János Szlota and Mária Kurimszky.

These are their respective baptismal records: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-68GQ-RQB and https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12052-132781-44

Manila October 16, 2015 at 8:35 am

I am not sure if her surname is of Hungarian origin because her great-great-grandfather, János Tizsarik, was born in Alsó-Szalók which is in Hungary. Please, look at his marriage record (the bottom one): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12127-42608-71

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