Palcic “Pioneers”

Here are the first Palcic “pioneers” to settle in the United States, at least as far as can be determined by the 1900 U.S. Federal Census (year of arrival in parentheses, followed by residence in 1900):

  1. Palchitch, Joseph (1890) Calumet, Michigan
  2. Palcict [sic], Ernest (1892) Manhattan, New York
  3. Palcic, Anton (with family) (1893) Leadville, Colorado
  4. Polsich, Joseph (with family) (1893) Unity, Pennsylvania
  5. Palcich, John (1899) Youngstown, Ohio (residing in same house with #6 and #7)
  6. Palcich, Ivan (1899) Youngstown, Ohio (residing in same house with #5 and #7)
  7. Palcich, Petro (1899) Youngstown, Ohio (residing in same house with #6 and #7)
  8. Palcic, John (1900) Saybrook, Ohio

Other individuals whose names are similar (these might be Palcics whose surnames were misspelled):

  1. Polsis, John (with family) (1882) New Florence, Pennsylvania
  2. Palcisco*, Joe (with family) (1888) Beccaria Township, Pennsylvania
  3. Paulchech, Anton (1864) New York City, New York
  4. Paulchick, Martin (18??) Cañon City, Colorado
  5. Paulicic, Barbara (1900) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  6. Paulicish, Stephen (1899) Calumet, Michigan (possibly related to Joseph Palchitch)
  7. Paulisick, Mateo (1881) (with family) North Huntington, Pennsylvania

Two of the families (#1 Joseph Palchitch and #3 Anton Palcic) have descendants still living in the United States. I will share more demographic information about each individual or family as well as data from later census enumerations and immigrant arrivals in future posts.

In recent years, I have come to the tentative conclusion that there may be a connection between Palcic and Paulisich/Paulicic families, but to date I have found no direct evidence for such a connection.

*Palcisco is included here based on the declared place of birth, “Aust[ria] Slovenian [sic]”, though it could be ethnically Italian.




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3 Responses to Palcic “Pioneers”

  1. Cyndy Williams Palcich says:

    Hoping there will be an interest in DNA. All those families are surely connected somewhere! William Joseph Palcich’s is in’s collection. Maybe there are cousins out there!

  2. admin says:

    Hi Cyndy,

    Would you consider having Will’s DNA results transferred to Family Tree DNA? If the chip technology is compatible (V3, I think) you can transfer the results to Family Tree DNA:

    I hope to feature a post on DNA testing to see how many readers might be interested in DNA testing among Palcic families (and variant spellings). Of the three commercial services, I prefer FTDNA because of their inclination toward helping those interested in family history connect with more relatives.

  3. Tracy Lengyel (Palcic maiden) says:

    Hello. My daughter Hope who is a great great grandaughter of Lewis Palcic who was our first Palcic in the U.S., had her dna testing done. Lewis was born in Loz, Slovenia in 1890 and died in Greensburg, Pa in 1968. Lewis had a brother named Vence or Vince. I am not sure if Lewis and Vince’s parents were ever here but I know for sure that Vince was in Pennsylvania for a long time then went back to Slovenia the last 10 years of his life. I am assuming he still had relatives to live with there or ties somehow. I am searching for any connection to these guys. I think an aunt and a cousin has more information and pictures but I’ve been waiting for it. Interesting is that my daughters Dna showed no central Europe unless Slovenia is considered Eastern or Western Europe. Her dna showed a mystery of Great Britian and I am wondering in maybe my line of Palcic’s came from there. I know all the other pieces of the dna. I know my line was Catholic since the beginning of Christianity.

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