Help for the
of Croatian Jews
sinagogue in Zagreb destroyed during the World War II
Due to a process
of political emancipation and gaining of all citizen's rights
which began in the late 18th century and continued throughout
the 19th century, Jews in Croatia through their industry
and devotion became prosperous, respectable and started
to grow in numbers.
At the begining
of the 20th century, there were 21 Jewish communities in
Croatia, largest being in Zagreb and Osijek (3000 in each
of the cities), and with the total of more than 20 thousand
across the country.
and the holocaust
the World War II, the Jewish community experienced sharp
decrease in numbers caused by extermination policies of
Nazi rulers and the holocaust.
Only about 5000
Croatian Jews survived the war, about half of which moved
to newly established Israel state in Palestine. According
to the 2001 census, only about 500 Jews live in Croatia
today, but hundreds of Croatian citizens with Jewish roots
are born in mixed marriages. Many of them do not officially
state their Jewish nationality.
Those who are
interested in genealogical research of their Jewish roots
in Croatia can find records in Croatian State and regional
(matične knjige) of the Jewish community from Cernik
near Nova Gradiška are available for years 1861-1900.
in Čakovec, Međimurje, preserved it's records
well, so birth, marriage and death records (matične knjige
rođenih, vjenčanih i umrlih) are available for 1782-1895.
Many of the records are in Hungarian language, since that
part of today's Croatia was under Hungarian dominion until
the end of the First World War.
also had a notable Jewish community, and the records that
they left behind range from 1853 until 1880.
Records of the
Jews living in Koprivnica and Ludbreg
are available for years 1850-1898 and 1800-1915, respectivelly.
Ludbreg records also include the following settlements:
Peteranec, Bukovec, Čakovec, Drnje, Dubovica, Gola, Gotalovo,
Hlebine, Hrženica, Imbriovec, Ivanec, Kapela, Karlovec,
Kunovec, Kuzminec, Lepavina, Miholjanec, Molve, Otok, Rasinja,
Sigetec, Sokolovac, Subotica, Virje and Zdala.
is the Croatian town where one of the oldest Jewish vital
records were kept, dated from 1779. The latest available
genealogical records related to Jews living in Orahovica
are from 1939.
of the Jewish congregation from Osijek (also
known in Hungarian language as Eszek or in German
Esseg) are available for years 1780-1913.
Members of the
Jewish community in Pakrac is recorded in
books of births, marriages and deaths for years 1866-1931.
There are also
vital records available for Jewish communities in Podravska
Slatina (ranging 1858-1912), Slavonski Brod
(1847-1920), Varaždin (1879-1920) and Vukovar
for the Jews from the Croatian capital of Zagreb,
Croatian State Archive keeps birth, marriage and death records
for years 1852-1904.
articles from Croatian genealogy web site
given names as a motivator for Croatian surnames
A matronymic surname would be typically created using a name of a women
who particularly excelled in a community, or was famous because of some fortunate
or less fortunate circumstance.
of Janeš family history available online
Nenad Menićanin gathered valuable data from various sources on the meaning,
geography and genealogy of his ancestors, and published his findings on the
new book published on the history of the noble Jelačić family
Pavao Maček, a prominent Croatian historian, introduced the book "Noble
clans of Jelačićs" in Zaprešić City Hall.
village of Hardomilje and it's clans
The most prominent clans and family names in the area are Bandur, Boras,
Bubalo, Ćuže, Gadže, Grbavac, Ilić, Jelinić, Kravić, Mandić, Miloš, Rupčić and
nobility from Brinje and Senj
The first mention of the Vuchetich surname can be traced back to a certain
Bosnian nobleman Pribislav and his last will written at the second half of the
15th century. (14 Mar 2010)
an important area for genealogical research for Croats
Vital records kept in local Catholic parishes have always been crucial in
claims of Croats in the area about their identity and history.
family trees researched
An interesting work about genealogy of residents of the Croatian town situated
between Đurđevac and Virovitica had been published on the internet.
settlements with a significant German population
By 1931, in about hundred settlements in eastern parts of Croatia lived
about 20 thousand inhabitants of Germanic origin.
of the Republic of Ragusa
One of the oldest and most prominent aristocracies in the Mediterranean
region had developed in 12th and 13th century in Dubrovnik region.
Croatia (2): Accommodation
We continue our series of articles about the country and it's people for
genealogists preparing to visit Croatia and do the research.
century census as a source of genealogical data
The oldest census in the areas of today's Croatia was performed in 1785,
but the most valuable one was done in 1857.
Croatia (1): Transportation
If you plan to visit Croatia to do genealogy research, our series of articles
on transportation, accomodation, telecommunications and the culture may help
you as you prepare for the trip.
genealogists invited to contribute
Several interesting new colaborative
internet technologies were presented in Zagreb, Croatia to those interested
in research of Croatian records.
vital records available online
Up until the end of the World
War II the settlement also known as Eichendorf had been a vibrant society,
mostly inhabited by Germans.