The household at Zilje 13 is named for the surname in use at the house since the 1700s. The surname Žalec does not appear in either of the tax registers of the 1600s for Zilje. The Horvat surname does appear in these registers. Marriages between Žalec men and Horvat women occurred in the mid 1700s, and the records state the Žalec men were from Zilje. We theorize these Žalec men came to Zilje to work on the Horvat farms, since the Horvat family seemingly had only daughters. These would represent the change in surname from Horvat.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Marko Horvat. He married Katarina. Together, they had at least 5 children, including:
1A. Ane Horvat, m. 1769 to Mate Žalec — they remained at this house.
1B. Bare Horvat, m. to Ivan Moravec — they lived at Zilje 12.
1C. Dora Horvat, m. 1783 to Mate Jaketič
1D. Jelka Horvat b. 1766, m. 1788 to Štefan Žalec — they remained at this house.
Matija Žalec and his wife Ane Horvat [1A] had at least 4 children, including:
2A. Jure Žalec, m. 1803 to Kata Čemas — they remained at this house.
Štefan Žalec and his wife Jelka Horvat [1D] had at least 5 children.
Jure Žalec [2A] and his wife Katarina Čemas had 10 children:
3A. Kata Žalec b. 1804, m. 1833 to Mate Jaketič (Perušičev)
3B. Peter Žalec b. 1806, m. 1846 to Dora Cvetaš (Cvetaševa) — they remained at this house.
3C. Mare Žalec b. ca. 1812, m. 1835 to Johan Šuštar (Drenovec 14).
3D. Ane Žalec b. 1814, m. 1839 to Ive Čemas (Majiščarski).
3E. Jure Žalec b. 1815, m. 1847 to Mare Čemas (Peričina) — they remained at this house.
3G. Bare Žalec b. 1821, m. 1840 to Jure Balkovec (Maradinov).
3H. Jelka Žalec b. 1824, m. 1845 to Mate Čemas (Majiščarski).
3J. Magda Žalec b. 1830, m. 1848 to Mate Brožič (Gornji Brožičev).
Peter Žalec [3B] and his wife Dora Cvetaš had 8 children, including:
4B. Peter Žalec b. 1852, m. 1883 to Mare Brožič (Hrast pri Vinici 37) — they remained at this house.
4D. Jelka Žalec b. 1860, m. 1882 to Mate Balkovec (Petrišin).
Jure Žalec [3E] and his wife Mare Čemas had 5 children, including:
4G. Kata Žalec b. 1864, m. 1887 to Mate Čemas (Izklančev).
4H. Peter Žalec b. 1868, m. 1893 to Marija Perše (Peršečeva from Dolnji Suhor)
Peter Žalec [4B] and his wife Mare Brožič had 8 children, including:
5A. Bare Žalec b. 1886, m. 1914 to Mate Ivanič in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
5B. Mate Žalec b. 1892, d. in the USA
5C. Mare Žalec b. 1894, m. 1913 to Miha Žalec (Hajdukov iz brda) — they remained at this house.
5D. Kata Žalec b. 1900, m. 1926 to Miha Videtič.
Miha Žalec and his wife Mare Žalec [5C] had 7 children, including:
6A. Ane Žalec b. 1914, m. 1935 to Mr. Barič from Sela 19.
Matthew Ivanich and his wife Barbara Zalec [5A] had 5 children in Pittsburgh:, including:
6B. Barbara C Ivanich b. 1915, m. 1939 to Nicholas Kraniak
6C. Frank N Ivanich b. 1917