The household at Zilje 19 is named Mihelovi by the 1879 status animarum (but named Šaf in the 1925 status animarum!), as is the family next door at Zilje 20 whom we know as the Dolnji Mihelovi — these two houses are related, and the split occurred ca, 1800. The common ancestor of both families is Miha Čadonič, and the Mihelovi name likely comes from him. The surname changed to Žalec in 1856 when Matija Žalec (Žalčev) married into the family.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Miha Čadonič. He married Doroteja Kajin (Podklanec). Together, they had at least 9 children, including:
1A. Marko Čadonič b. 1768, m. 1789 to Helena Papa (Učakovci) — they remained at this house.
1B. Jurij Čadonič b. 1769, m. 1792 to Katarina Flajnik (Hrast)
1C. Ivan Čadonič b. 1771, m. 1797 to Ana Balkovec — they lived at Zilje 20.
Marko Čadonič [1A] and his wife Helena Papa had at least 6 children, including:
2A. Nikolaj Čadonič b. 1791, m. 1809 to Helena Jaketič — they remained at this house.
2B. Anton Čadonič b. 1798, m. 1841 to Mara Joh (Johi).
Nikolaj Čadonič [2A] and his wife Helena Jaketič had 6 children, including:
3A. Katarina Čadonič b. 1817, m. 1840 to Jurij Čadonič (Košutov).
3B. Nikolaj Čadonič b. 1821, m. 1840 to Helena Balkovec (Škrpelska) — they remained at this house.
Nikolaj Čadonič [3B] and his wife Helena Balkovec had 7 children, including:
4A. Katarina Čadonič b. 1841, m. 1864 to Jurij Rahoj (Rahojov from Grduni).
4B. Barbara Čadonič b. 1851, m. 1874 to Ivan Cvetaš (Gornji Mlinar).
4C. Helena Čadonič b. 1854, m. 1876 to Jože Žugelj (Žugljov).
Helena Balkovec m. 1856 to her second husband Mate Žalec (Žalčev). Together they had 4 children, including:
4D. Matija Žalec b. 1857, m. 1882 to Ana Balkovec (Vukova) — they remained at this house.
4E. Ana Žalec b. 1862, m. 1891 to Miha Fabić (Pribanjci 33).
Mate Žalec [4D] and his wife Ana Balkovec had 9 children, including:
5A. Marija Žalec b. 1884. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
5B. Barbara Žalec b. 1886, m. 1907 to Joža Gračan (Johi 5).
5C. Peter Žalec b. 1890, died at the age of 48 in Arizona. At this time, it is unknown if he was ever married or had children.
5D. Franc Žalec b. 1902, m. 1927 to Marija Peteh (Grdunkovna from Brdo) — they remained at this house.
Franc Žalec [5D] and his wife Marija Peteh had 10 children.