PLACE OF BIRTH: Zrenjanin, Serbia (at that time it was much broader country known as Yugoslavia)
PLACE OF LIVING: Novi Sad, Serbia
UZELAC FAMILY ORIGIN: Lika, village Jošane (or Josane, but letter “s” with a sign above), somewhere between Udbina and Korenica, Croatia.
FATHER: Milan (born in 1931, Vojvoda Stepa village – near Zrenjanin, Serbia – died in 1969, nearby Belgrade, Serbia, car accident).
GRANDFATHER: Nikola (born in 1903; Jošane, Lika – 1941, killed near Èoka town/village, northern Serbia, in German invasion of Yugoslavia).
GRAND-GRANDFATHER: Mile (or probably Milan, as many people were known by their nick names; Jošane village, Lika, 1875 approx., Vojvoda Stepa village, near Zrenjanin, Serbia, 1957, approx.)
Also trying to make progress in my genealogy, I found some clues supposed to be useful for you:
1)There are two major branches of people named Uzelac: Lika (today this region is a part of Croatia, nearby the Dalmatian coast of Adriatic sea), and Bosnia.
2)Uzelac is a pretty frequent last name of people from Lika, at least for some 4 centuries; most of them are Serbs, Orthodox Christians (other Croatians, Catholics).
3)Udbina and Korenica are small towns in Lika (actually in Lika there are no bigger towns or cities).
4)There are at least few villages in Lika with Uzelac families.
5)There are some books that investigate the movements of citizens of Lika, for example the last names of people living in villages of Lika (one originated from early 18th century; made by Bishop Martin Brajkovic). These books are not written in English. (e.g. in Croatian language: Mohorovièiæ, A., Markoviæ, M.: Zbornik za narodni život i obièaje, Knjiga 53, HAZU, Zagreb 1995.)
6)After the First World War and after the Second World War many people moved from Lika to Vojvodina region in Serbia, as governments had given them the land as a kind of reward for taking part in military operations of liberating Serbia/Yugoslavia).
7)The problem for further field research is the fact that not so many people live now in Lika region (probably not more than 100,000 people; not to elaborate why.)
8)There are some opinions that the real origins of Uzelac families are Kosovo, Serbia, or Boka Kotorska Gulf, Montenegro. Additional clue in this regard: There is a village in Lika called Peæani, which could mean: the people that come from Peæ, and Peæ is the town in Kosovo region, Serbia (some states – incl. USA, consider Kosovo as independent state, but this is another long story). According to these sources, some 5-6-7 centuries ago we moved from Kosovo region to Boka Kotorska Gulf, and then to Lika region.
Sorry for my English, be persistent, and good luck!
P.S. Professor Dr. Slobodan Uzelac serves now as a vice prime minister of Croatian government; maybe he could help us to deepen our knowledge of Uzelac family genealogy. Start at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slobodan_Uzelachttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slobodan_Uzelac