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Re: surname Kastelic

Posted: 1010663797000
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KASTELIC most likely a Slovenian or Croatian surname would sound like kastelich. So most likely this is the original sp.

You can search Ellis Island records for Josef, Jozef or Josip KASTELIC and will find about 40 + listings most coming from places in Austria where Slovenians lived IE Krain, Carniola, etc.. So anyone coming from that area prior to the end of WW I, 1918, would have been listed as a citizen of Austria, but many of the manifest have a column listing Race of People (what we would call ethnicity today). The ones I looked at listed Slovenian as Race of People. The IC ending means the son of just like the son in Peterson, means son of Peter.

If you register at Ellis Island you then can view original ship manifest which sometimes are 2 pages and will give you detail such as former residence, destination and next of kin at former residence and who they were meeting at their destination. I checked all listings for Josip and Jozef but not for Josef as there are 37. I am leaving that for you, can't spoil all your fun!

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