A valuable historical document about inhabitants of Baranja region, which is today mostly part of the Republic of Croatia, can be found at Hungarian state archive in Budapest.
In 1766, a systematic aquirement of information about residents of the region which amounts to the census had been performed. Total of 28 settlements had been covered, of which 22 settlements are within today’s boundaries of the state of Croatia: Bilje, Batina, Beli Manastir, Branjina, Branjin Vrh, Draž, Duboševica, Gajić, Kamenac, Kneževi Vinogradi, Kopačevo, Kotlina, Luč, Lug, Petlovac, Podravlje, Podolje, Popovac, Suza, Topolje Vardarac and Zmajevac.
The census was performed by Stjepan Marffy, the clerk of the Baranja lordship, and it offers great number of valuable data about peoples of the region, their names, number, marital condition, payment of taxes, economic strengt, occupation etc. It mentiones settlers that had recently moved into the region, particularly those from Serbia (Raška) and Germany.
The account, which may be of a great worth to a devoted genealogist interested in this region, was written in Latin.
Because of it’s historical value, it was translated into Croatian language and published as a book “Baranja – population in 1766” (“Baranja – stanovništvo 1766”) by the State Archive in Osijek. For the details about this book, please, visit our book section of the web site.