A general observation about surnames from John Grenham

We genealogy types often follow websites or read blogs published by other genealogists, and I am no exception. While visiting John Grenham’s Irish Roots blog, I came across this bit of wisdom from his pen:

“[T]he most important fact about all surnames is that they are words. They don’t have DNA, go to any particular church, salute flags, vote or fight. They simply swim in the ever-changing sea of language, evolving as all languages do under the pressure of accents, education, fashion, politics, economics.”

This cogent comment was written in context of a recent blog post concerning the evolution of Irish surnames, but it applies generally as well. We family historians would do well to remember these wise words as we travel back in time through  eras that had such an impact on surnames as to change their spelling or their effects on hearers in the above contexts.

Perhaps an example relating to the Palcic surname might be relevant here too, that is, there are Palcics living all over southeastern Europe (by which I mainly refer to the nations that were formerly part of Yugoslavia) as well as in other parts of the continent. The Palcics living in Slovenia and Croatia are most likely Roman Catholic, the Serbian Palcic families are most likely Serbian Orthodox, and there are probably Bosnian Palcics who are Muslim. Any of these could have been on opposite sides of the wars that have occurred in the region down through the centuries.

The militaristic nationalism and compulsory military service required for men of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was a major reason many of our Palcic ancestors left Europe for the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland. Others left for Australia later as refugees or survivors of WWII.

Does this matter? Is it relevant to the family historian? Yes, in terms of historical context and records.  A surname’s  connotation can change in context of any of the factors he mentions, and surnames do have meaning, but we should not get them too tightly knotted with those aspects of life when undertaking a one-name study or family research in general.

This is, of course, just my opinion, but I think Mr. Grenham’s words are worth sharing.

 

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A Polished Palcic Professional

Here is an interview published in Forbes magazine featuring Amy Palcic, the Vice President of Communications for the Houston Texans (American) football team. In the article, she dispenses useful tips on how someone might stand out in the field of media communications, especially since this field in professional sports is highly coveted.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jerrybarca/2018/05/17/how-to-get-that-nfl-break-with-the-houston-texans-amy-palcic/

Congratulations to Amy for her achievements since earning the position with the team! I confess that I am an unapologetic Cleveland Browns fan, but I first learned about Amy when she was working for the Browns in a similar capacity.

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Recent Palcic Obituary

Mary (Palcic) Tandaric (1925-2017)

Mary (Palcic) Tandaric

Mary’s father Ignac (later Ignatius) Stefan Palcic (1893-1967) was a Croatian immigrant from Zagreb who married Mary Repiscak (1902-1982). Ignac’s parents were Michael Palcic and Neza Kamaric.

If anyone living in Croatia or the USA has more information about Ignac’s (or Mary’s) parents, I would be grateful to hear from you.

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Ancestry Discontinuing Rootsweb Surname List (RSL)

Hello Fellow Rootseekers,

I’ve been away from here for quite a while and hope that my small list of readers is still out there. I just found out today from the forum of the Guild of One-Name Studies that Ancestry.com is removing a resource from their free Rootsweb collection of databases:

The venerable Rootsweb Surname List, which allows researchers to search for others interested in the same surname, will be removed from the Rootsweb collection on October 24, 2017.

As some of you might remember, I started this blog in response to Ancestry’s decision to discontinue their Genforum site, which was originally part of Genealogy.com

This might not have much of an impact on Palcic researchers, since Daniel Palcic (who has been offline for several years) and I are the only ones listed there for the Palcic surname, but I’m posting this notice here since there may be others reading this who are researching other surnames.

If you think there might be surnames of interest to you, be sure to visit the Rootsweb Surname List before October 24, 2017. Many of the entries are old by internet standards, and the e-mail addresses might not work, but it might still be worth a look, as there are other Palcic researchers using Rootweb’s WorldConnect Project, which is a database of GEDCOM files submitted by researchers that are available to download into family tree software programs such as Legacy Family Tree and Rootsmagic.

I took a look at the Rootsweb WorldConnect Project pages for Palcic GEDCOM files. There are 78 hits (more than a few duplicated), and fifteen or sixteen different researchers who shared the information in those GEDCOM files. After a detailed look at the information they uploaded, it appears that most of them are focusing on other families into which the Palcics married, but I will still try to contact a few of them to see if there is any interest in the Palcic surname. I’ll share any feedback with “yes” answer to that question here.

Also, stay tuned for more information on various research threads I am trying to bring together with research from Palcic families in Slovenia and their connections to descendants of immigrants who settled in the US and Canada.

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Slovenian Surname Statistics

Here is a link to a website from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia that allows you to search for your first name or surname to see frequencies of the same in eight of the twelve statistical regions of the country:

How common are your first name and family name?

Here are the results of a search for the Palčič surname:

I’d like to see the statistics for the regions where the data is not available, but it’s clear that Palčič is not a common surname in Slovenia. For comparison, here is a table taken from the results of a search at http://forebears.io:

The data from the two different sources is not exactly correlated, since the Slovenian set was created in 2016 and the Forebears data was created in 2014. Additionally, the 2016 data from Slovenia probably excludes a number of instances from the statistical regions where the data are confidential. I also have a data set from US telephone directory listings that includes variant spellings not shown in either of the lists above.

I’m experimenting with Tableau® software and the data I’ve collected for Palcic immigrants from Slovenia and Croatia who left those countries for destinations in the United States. I hope to create some interesting visual displays for various data sets over the years that Palcic individuals or families arrived in the US.

(Slovenian data © 2016 Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia | Country data set © 2012-2016 forebears.io)

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Panorama Sunday Spotlight: Patrick Palcic

Patrick Palcic is participating in the Pure Talents Contest, sponsored by the IMM-Cologne. A copper clock created by German artist Patrick Palcic emits different perfumes every hour:

Copper clock by Patrick Palcic uses perfume to tell time

Here is a brief interview with Patrick Palcic, who is a native of Stuttgart, Germany:

Pure Talents Contest Nominee Patrick Palcic: “For my work I need coffee, music, fun and a sketchbook.”

Congratulations on your nomination, Patrick, and good luck!

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Monday (Palcic Photo?) Mystery

Happy New Year!

I thought I would start the new year with a new post about a photo I received from my mother. This photo was part of a collection that my father inherited when his mother, Agnes (Palcic) Sargin passed away. My mother first showed me this photograph when I was visiting her with my wife last summer in Ohio:

The man in the photo may be a Palcic or other family relative (more below) of my grandmother Agnes. The interesting thing is that the address of the photographer is in Herne, a city not far from where we live in Germany. The i/W. is an abbreviation meaning “in Westfalen” or “in Westphalia”, since there is more than one place named Herne in modern Germany. The photo studio no longer exists, but the address (if not the same building) does.

It would be an interesting coincidence to find a Palcic who lived (even temporarily) in the Ruhr region of Germany. I already know a story about a Palcic family who came to Bochum, Germany from Vrhnika pri Lozu before 1906 and left for Iowa in the US after only a few years in Germany, but I have spoken to a descendant of that Palcic family who does not think the photo shows her grandfather, who was most likely a coal miner in Germany

The style of the clothing that the man in the photo is wearing may indicate some sort of trade, like a carpenter’s union.

I have no idea who this person is, or if he is actually related to my grandmother or one of her (Palcic) parents. One Palcic family stopping in Germany between Slovenia and the United States is interesting. If this man is a Palcic relative, then that would be more than an interesting coincidence. Other possibilities include a Mežič relative (my grandmother’s maternal line) or Planinc (my great grandmother’s brother-in-law’s family) or someone not related.

If anyone has a any clues about who this man might be, please leave a comment below or send me a note at palcic@one-name.org.

Your provider of Palcic puzzles,

Chris

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Happy Holidays!

Holiday Greetings to All Palcic Families! A few Palcic descendants have birthdays on Christmas day:

Dorothy (Kotnik) Matusek (1924-1988), daughter of Anton Kotnik and Johanna Palcic (Euclid, Ohio, USA)

Anton Palčič, (1875-1966) husband of Anna Novlan, son of Thomas Palčič and Greta Ozic (Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Justin Palcic (living), Happy Birthday, Justin!

Steve Botche (1886-1916), son of Michael Botche and Baga Palcic (Springfield, Ohio, USA)

Stay tuned for more posts about Palcic descendants in Ljubljana and Slovenia generally, as well as Australia. Don’t forget to click on the link “Entries RSS” to read new posts via your favorite news reader/aggregator!

On behalf of my family, I wish all of you readers out there a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed 2017.

Chris

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American Football in Ljubljana

Former NFL and college coach Bob Palcic will be coaching the American Football team in Ljubljana, the Silverhawks:

Veteran NFL Coach Bob Palcic To Guide Slovenia’s Ljubljana Silverhawks

(reposted from American Football International)

I’ve been in contact with Bob about his stay in Slovenia. His Palcic grandfather came from Vrhnika pri Lozu in Slovenia, the same village where my great grandfather was born.

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Palcic Pedigree Collapse: Your Family: Past, Present, and Future (reposted)

This article comes from Tim Urban at “Wait But Why”. I thought it might be interesting to illustrate the concept of pedigree collapse. We’ve always thought that the generations of our ancestors double as we reach back into our family history, and mathematically, they do. But there weren’t enough people in the ancient world to allow us each to have 68 billion ancestors ca. 1100 A.D(!).

I’m not a mathematician or statistician, but the idea is interesting, if not the number-crunching. Here is the article:

Your Family: Past, Present, and Future

Meanwhile, I am still working on other topics for new posts here. Anyone for DNA testing? I know there must be some of you out there wondering what all the fuss about that is…

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