Croatia, Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Croatia Church Books, 1516-1994
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Record Description
Record Type: Church Books
Collection years: 1516-1994
Languages: Croatian, Latin
Title in the Language: Hrvatska -Crkvene Knjige
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes baptismal, marriage, and burial records from different churches in Croatia, such as Roman Catholic, Serbian Orthodox, Jewish, and Military congregations, for the years 1516-1994. It also includes vital records of Jews and some early civil registration of the Napoleonic period. Indexing for some of these records is also available.

This collection dates to a period when Croatia was not yet an independent country, so it includes records created under different governments, such as Hungary and the former Yugoslavia. A patent, ruled by Emperor Joseph II in 1784, mandated the inclusion of certain sections in all parish record books maintained by the clergy. These register records were later used also as civil vital records. As of 1868, the Ministry of Internal Affairs took over the right to supervise the maintenance of these records. 

For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Reading these Records

These records are written in Croatian. For help reading these records see the following:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:

Birth

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name of infant
  • Gender and date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Religion
  • Parents' names, residence, and place of origin
  • Names of witnesses or godparents

Marriage

  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
  • Places of origin and residence of the bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Name of witnesses

Burial

  • Place and date of the event
  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the principal (deceased)
  • Civil status of principal at time of death
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
  • Parents' names
  • Sometimes, place of burial

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Year of the record

As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.

Search the index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Religion
  2. Select Place
  3. Select Event Types/year Range to view the images


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Croatia Record Finder to find other records
  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search the records of nearby localities

Record Finder

Consult the Croatia Record Finder Table to find other records

Known Issues With This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Arhiva Hrvatske u Zagrebu (Croatia State Archives, Zagreb).
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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