While every house in Slovenia has a civic address, many houses also carry a household name. These names are how other people typically referred to that family. This house carries the name of Dolnji Balkovci. This name is derived from the surname of the people who lived this house. The Dolnji designation is used to differentiate this house from the Gornji Balkovci of Balkovci 2. It is likely related either to the age of the house or the elevation relative to the other house.
Through the period of our studies, we have found five distinct houses which originally carried the Balkovec surname in Balkovci. This is the third of the five houses (in order of house address). The Balkovec surname is only originally found in Hrast, Balkovci and Zilje.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Nikolaj Balkovec. He married Barbara Bosanec. Together, they had at least 2 children, including:
1A. Marija Balkovec b. 1784. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
1B. Peter Balkovec b. 1792, m. 1815 to Marija Starešinič — they remained at this house.
Peter Balkovec [1B] and his wife Marija Starešinič had at least 4 children, including:
2A. Nikolaj Balkovec b. 1818, m. 1839 to Ana Čemas (Peričina from Zilje)1 — they remained at this house.
2B. Katarina Balkovec b. 1827. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
2C. Matija Balkovec b. 1830, m. 1861 to Helena Čemas (Peričina from Zilje)1 — they lived at Drenovec 10.
2D. Peter Balkovec b. 1833, m. 1857 to Helena Žunič (Jukanova from Žuniči) — they lived at Brdo 21.
1. Ana Čemas and Helena Čemas were sisters.
Nikolaj Balkovec [2A] and his wife Ana Čemas had 7 children, including:
3A. Janko Balkovec b. 1851, m. 1875 to Barbara Dejan (Velika Dejanska from Dejani) — they remained at this house.
3B. Ivan Balkovec b. 1856, m. 1882 to Ana Žagar (Medvedkina from Damelj) — they lived at Drenovec 13.
3C. Ana Balkovec b. 1862, m. 1880 to Peter Cvetaš (Dolnji Mlinarov from Zilje).
Janko Balkovec [3A] and his wife Barbara Dejan had 8 children, including:
4A. Barbara Balkovec b. 1876, m. 1894 to Nikolaj Grdun (Jurasov from Grduni).
4B. Nikolaj Balkovec b. 1883, m. 1907 to Amalija Daničić (Johi 6) — they remained at this house.
4C. Ivan Balkovec b. 1887. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
4D. Peter Balkovec b. 1887, m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Marija Stariha (Gornji Suhor 19).
4E. Matija Balkovec b. 1890, m. 1911 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Marija Mihelčič (Goričana from Učakovci)1
4F. Jože Balkovec b. 1892, m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Roza Mihelčič (Goričana from Učakovci)1
1. Marija Mihelčič and Roza Mihelčič were sisters.
Nikolaj Balkovec [4B] and his wife Amalija Daničić had 1 child:
5A. Ana Balkovec b. 1909, m. 1927 to Marko Čadonič (Dejankin from Zilje) — they remained at this house.
Marko Čadonič and his wife Ana Balkovec [5A] had 5 children.