Bosnia and Herzegovina Languages

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Bosnians speak Serbo-Croatian, called Bosnian there. The Orthodox records are written in Serbian Church Slavonic script, derived from old Cyrillic script. The Catholic records are probably in Latin and later in Serbo-Croatian written in Roman script. Records of the Ottoman period are written in Ottoman Turkish (Turkish in Arabic script).[1]

For word lists and help researching in Bosnia and Herzegovina records, see:

Bosnia Postal History can be used to study writing styles.


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Bosnia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1999.