Thursday, August 28, 2008

And then.. there he was.

My Great-Grandfather. On the 1920 Census he was still using his birth name. I am in awe if the skill of experienced genealogists. I know what I want to be when I grow up.

OK, I was finally able to find them in the 1920 Census:

Ward 21, Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan

Stivic, Zivko, Head, aged 32, married, emigrated 1912, alien, b. Croatia, parents b. same, machinist, auto factory
Stivic, Marianne, Wife, aged 26, married, emigrated 1912, alien, b. Croatia, parents b. same
Stivic, Bozidar, Son, aged 7, b. Michigan
Stivic, Felix, Son, aged 4 years, 0 months, b. Michigan
Stivic, Engelbert, aged 2 years, ? months, b. Michigan
Stivic, Gabriel, Son, aged 5 months, b. Michigan

His WWI draft registration card gives the following info:

Zivko Stivic (Stevens), aged 30, of Maryland Avenue, St. Clair Heights, Michigan, born 17 September 1886 Lipovac (Croatia), Austria-Hungary; has wife and two children as dependents. Dated 5 June 1917 at Wayne County, Michigan

They arrived into New York aboard the Saxonia on 5 June 1912 out of Fiume:

Stivic, Zivko, aged 26, labourer, b. Hungary, German, last of Vodinci(?); gives his mother, Anna Landekic of Vodinci as next of kin; bound for Michigan, born in Lapovac
Stivic, Marianne, aged 19, b. Hungary, German, same info as above

They are joining an acquaintance, Anton Kocianu(?) of 32 Hendrik Steet, Detroit.


Lisa said...

I'm so glad that you got past the "Americanized" surname of your ancestors. I wish you the best in further searches for your family in their ancestral homeland.

Keep us posted on what you find!


Nancy B. said...

I know I'm leaving this comment two years after you wrote it, but I wanted to tell you that based on the ship's manifest, your grandfather, and my grandmother came from the same small village in eastern Croatia -- Vodinci. My grandmother, Theresa Barth, also settled in Detroit. She married my grandfather, Adolph Welchner, and they lived on Harding in the 1920s. Since Vodinci was such a small town, I'm sure they must have known each other.

This and That said...

Nancy! That is so cool and thank you for posting. They must have. I have not had a chance to do anything more with that line. Someday I will get to it. I think I stall because of the language barrier and figuring out how to find documents there.