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c schmargen (View posts)
Posted: 948872799000
i am looking for relatives of my father ivan (john) samardzija (schmargen). he was born in novi selsi near slavonska pozega in croatia to peter and lubie samardzija and immigrated to pittsburgh. possible relatives george, wife and daughter natalie may be in germany. last contact with family was arounf 1978. any help is appreciated!


L.biel (View posts)
Posted: 950424027000
my father was of serbian heritage from the village of padjene, near knin in dalmatia. If you are a samardzija, email me to let me know your background. If you are a relative who already knows me, email me to say hi!

dobro dan

c schmargen (samardzija) (View posts)
Posted: 950443944000
my father's name was ivan samardzija, but he was a croatian from the villiage of novoselci, near slovonka pozega....which is west of zagreb toward the serbian border. i understand that samardzija is both a croatian and serbian name. if you check the croatian telephone directory (see the link posted by f talan on my previous message)you may find more possible family members near dalmatia. (i am guessing that is closer to the coast????) even if not is wonderful to hear of shared heritage/name! dobro dan!


John Mikrut (View posts)
Posted: 956489258000
My great uncle(Richard Savage) told me his father's original name upon coming to America was Ivan Samardzija(I believe also from Croatia). He changed Samardzija to Savage once he came to the Chicago area. I not sure if there is any familial connection between us, but it is quite a coincidence. I haven't heard the name Samardzija since my uncle first told me of his father. Feel free to contact me if you want any of my family info. Happy ancestor hunting:)


Cindy (View posts)
Posted: 956492706000
So glad to hear from you although you did not leave your e-mail address, i hope you get this! My father Ivan changed his name from samardzija to schmargen when he opened his dental practice in about 1959 or 1960. He then went by John - the americanization of Ivan. His mother Lubja and father Peter immigrated to the Aliquippa (Pittsburgh) area when he was about 3 years old and his sister Mary Rose was about 10 years old.

My father is now deceased and I would love to try and re-establish contact with any relatives - our last contact was in 1978 with cousins in the Slovonska Pozega region of Croatia. This was the year my father died and he was the last of our Croatian-speaking relatives. Do you know where in Croatia your family was from? Please respond - It is wonderful to hear from another Samardzija!!!! Happy Easter to you and your family and hope to hear from you again!

re: hello!

John Mikrut (View posts)
Posted: 956494527000
Hi Cindy:)I'm sorry to say it doesn't sound like we may be related. My Ivan, which would be my great-grandfather, ended up in Chicago as a steelworker. I don't know much about the Samardzija facet of my family. I am 1/4 Croat and 3/4 Serb, so I have more Serb history. Please email me at if I can help in any way. Happy Easter to you and your family too!:)

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rundll32.exe (View posts)
Posted: 999436632000
Classification: Query
Wll, I'm in Knin now,Croatia, and I'm from wilage Padjene near the Knin, where are one of Samardzija's from. I'm Samardzija too, and I can tell you that you can see some photos of my willage on my photo site and click on link Padjene.
Hope that you still coming to this message boar, and good luck to all.

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Amanda (View posts)
Posted: 1017714218000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Banuts/Savage
John M. I am the great grand daughter of michael savage. I m currently working on a family album and would love to find some pictures of him. I also think that I have some information that might interest you. If you are interested in getting in touch please email me. I look forward to hearing from you. thanks .

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Sandy (View posts)
Posted: 1088805991000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Samardzia, Samardjia, Samardzija
Hi -
I've just started researching this side of my family - Samardjia - also spelled Samardzia and many other variations. Don't know too much yet, but this is certain: my grandfather came from Croatia. His name was Thomas and he had 3 brothers, possibly half brothers, named George, Joseph, and Samuel. His father's name was Michael and his mother was Anna Cvitkovic. Thomas settled in Staten Island NYC, the brothers in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Brooklyn, NYC respectively.
I was not in communication with my father, so I know very little about this side of my family. The one item my father did tell me, after many inquiries, is that Samardzia means "saddle tender". Does this make sense?
I am eager to research my family in both the US & overseas. Any and all info is greatly appreciated. I also have a slew of unidentified photos. Any suggestions?
Thank you for this space to seek kinfolk!

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Mico (View posts)
Posted: 1115218904000
Classification: Query
For "saddle tender, I can tell it is a true!
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