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 originally carried the name of Markovci. It was later changed to Ograjčevi. At this time, the origin of this name is unknown to us.
Through the period of our studies, we have found 7 distinct houses which originally carried the Verbanec surname. This is the first of the seven houses (in order of house address). Despite the origins of this house showing that it was a Verbanec surname, that changed in the 1800s and again in the 1900s.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Nikolaj Verbanec b. 1772. He married Helena Fortun b. 1774. Together, they had at least 5 children, including:
1A. Katarina Verbanec b. 1803, m. ca. 1830 to Jurij Hudak (Brtičev).
1B. Johan Verbanec b. 1806, m. 1834 to Marija Mihelčič (Dragojova) — they remained at this house.
1C. Marko Verbanec b. 1808, m. ca. 1838 to Barbara Galinac (Vivodina).
1D. Jurij Verbanec b. 1813, died at the age of 24. At this time, it is unknown if he was ever married or had children.
Johan Verbanec [1B] and his wife Marija Mihelčič had 6 children, including:
2A. Barbara Verbanec b. 1843, m. in Zdihova.
Peter Žalec and his wife Barbara Verbanec [1E] had 7 children, including:
2B. Katarina Žalec b. 1848, m. 1873 to Johan Maljevac (Maljevčev) — they lived at Učakovci 45.
2C. Peter Žalec b. 1851, m. 1873 to Helena Špehar (Papova) — they remained at this house.
2D. Johan Žalec b. 1857, m. 1899 to Ana Rogina (Gornja Tišljerova from Stara Lipa).
Peter Žalec [2C] and his wife Helena Špehar had 3 children, including:
3A. Katarina Žalec b. 1875. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
3B. Peter Žalec b. 1878. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
Peter Žalec [2C] m. 1883 to his second wife Barbara Moravec (Dragojova). Together they had 1 child:
3C. Johan Žalec b. 1884, m. 1909 to Katarina Kobe (Kobetova from Sinji Vrh) — they lived in Calumet, Michigan.
At this point, this lineage ended in this house. Franc Verbanec (Blažev) moved into this house with Frančiška Šveb (Švebova) and their family. Even though there is no direct evidence to support this yet, it is quite conceivable that Franc was a relative of the Žalec family that lived here previously.
Franc Verbanec and his wife Frančiška Šveb had 2 children.