The Dolnji Hajduki household at Zilje 25 is the original Hajduk household in Zilje. The Gornji Hajduki and Hajduki iz brda are offshoots from this household. The surname of this family has likely always been Balkovec, and in records before 1820, individuals from this family sometimes have surnames recorded as Hajduk. The current house was built after the previous burned down in 1925 (along with the Oficiri house next door), killing many of the young inhabitants.
The oldest record we have found for an individual from this household is Ivan Balkovec. He was married to Ana Bubaš and had at least 4 children:
1A. Nikolaj Balkovec b. 1785, m. 1803 to Kata Žalec (Žalčeva), who was blind — they lived at this house
1B. Miha Balkovec b. 1787, m. 1811 to Bare Žalec (Žalčeva) — they lived at this house
Nikolaj Balkovec [1A] and Kata Žalec had at least 6 children, including:
2A. Ive Balkovec b. 1806, m. 1838 to Ane Balkovec (Škrpelska) — they lived in this house
2C. Miko Balkovec b. 1812 (likely son of Nikolaj [1A] and Kata Žalec), m. ca. 1844 to Marija Gorše from Hrast 33 — they lived at this house
2D. Ane Balkovec b. 1824, m. 1857 in Croatia
Miha Balkovec [1B] and Bare Žalec had at least 4 children, including:
Miha Balkovec [1B] and Bare Žalec moved to the Dolnji Brožiči probably when Jože [2F] moved out of the Hajduki.
Ive Balkovec [2A] and Ane Balkovec had at least 2 children, including:
Ive Balkovec [2A] married his second wife Kata Balkovec (Vukova) in 1848. They had at least 1 child:
3B. Jure Balkovec b. 1850, m. 1875 to Jelka Čadonič (Gornja Krčmarova) — they lived at this house
Miko Balkovec [2C] and Marija Gorše had at least 4 children, including:
3C. Mare Balkovec b. 1845, m. 1866 to Miha Žunič — they lived with the family in Zilje 42
3D. Ane Balkovec b. 1848, m. 1873 in Prilišće 46
3E. Kata Balkovec b. 1852, m. 1879 to Franje Domitrović from Milani 8
Miko Balkovec [2C] and Marija Gorše built Zilje 42 ca. 1857, and moved there. They became known as the Hrastovkini.
3F. Peter Balkovec b. 1858 at Zilje 42, d. 1859
Bare Balkovec [3A] and Jure Balkovec had at least 5 children, including:
4A. Jure Balkovec b. 1870 in Ogulin, moved to the USA ca. 1892
4B. Jože Balkovec b. 1872 in Balkovci 2, moved to the USA ca. 1894
Bare Balkovec [3A] died in 1879. Her husband Jure Balkovec remarried at the Škrpelari.
Jure Balkovec [3B] and Jelka Čadonič had at least 7 children, including:
4D. Jože Balkovec b. 1883, d. 1905 in Pittsburgh, USA
4E. Peter Balkovec b. 1885, m. 1908 in Prilišće
4F. Franc Balkovec b. 1888, moved to the USA in 1906, worked as a barber, d. 1927 in Montana, USA
4G. Miko Balkovec b. 1892, moved to the USA in 1908, worked as a barber, d. 1973 in Montana, USA
Marko Balkovec [4C] and Mare Žalec had at least 7 children, including:
5A. Janko Balkovec b. 1905, d. December 14, 1938 in Ontario, Canada (see page 4 of the original accident report)
A fire burned down the Hajduki house in 1925 and killed most of the remaining children.