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Guide to Croatia ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Croatia is a country in Central and Southeast Europe bordered by Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia. The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. The official language is Croatian.[1]

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Croatia

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, Croatia Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

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Croatia is a country situated in Southeastern Europe, bordering Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Adriatic Sea, and the Gulf of Trieste.

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Counties of Croatia

  • Bjelovar-Bilogora
  • Brod-Posavina
  • Dubrovnik-Neretva
  • Istria
  • Karlovac
  • Koprivnica-Križevci
  • Krapina-Zagorje
  • Lika-Senj
  • Međimurje
  • Osijek-Baranja
  • Požega-Slavonia
  • Primorje-Gorski Kotar
  • Sisak-Moslavina
  • Split-Dalmatia
  • Šibenik-Knin
  • Varaždin
  • Virovitica-Podravina
  • Vukovar-Syrmia
  • Zadar
  • Zagreb
  • City of Zagreb


  • Slavonia is a geographical and historical region in eastern Croatia. It is a lowland bounded, in part, by the Drava river in the north, the Sava river in the south, and the Danube river in the east.
  • Dalmatia is a historical region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and is situated in Croatia. It spreads between the island of Rab in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor, in Montenegro, in the southeast. The hinterland, the Dalmatian Zagora, ranges from fifty kilometers in width in the north to just a few kilometers in the south.
  • Istria the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner. It is shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Croatia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 March 2016.