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Croatia, Delnice Deanery, Catholic Church Books, 1725-1926
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1725-1926
Languages: Latin, Hungarian, and Croatian
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of church records from Delnice Deanery located in Western Croatia for the years 1725-1926. This collection of church records from Delnice 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. Church registers were created to record important events in the lives of parishioners, such as baptism, marriage, and death. This documentation would later officially prove the validity of such events. Church records are some of the most reliable sources of information available in Croatia for genealogical research before the civil registration implementation. As of 1868, the Ministry of Internal Affairs took over the right to supervise the maintenance of these records.

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Reading these Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Croatian. For help reading them see:

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date and place of baptism
  • Infant’s name
  • Sometimes the birth date
  • Names of the father and mother
  • Names of the godparents
  • Names of the grandparents
  • Residence


  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Names of bride and groom's parents
  • Groom's age and birth date
  • Bride's age and birth date
  • Witnesses' names


  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Burial location and date
  • Parent or spouse's name

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. The contents were as follows:

  • Baptism records had to contain separate sections for the date and place of birth. Some pastors, however, frequently recorded only the following in this section: date of baptism, name, religion, gender, legitimacy of child, first and last names of the parents (including mother's maiden name), parents' occupations, as well as the first and last names of the godparents and their occupations. In 1812, a special decree ordered that the date of birth be recorded separately and always before the date of baptism. In reality, both of these dates, birth and baptism, were listed in the same section until the emergence of new templates for vital records, which contained predetermined places for each separate fact
  • Marital records had to contain information about the year, month and day of marriage, place of residency with the street number of the groom, first and last names of the groom, religion, age and marital status (single or widower), first and last names of the bride, her religion, age, and marital status (single or widow), the first and last names of the best man and bridesmaid, as well as their occupations
  • Death records had to contain the following sections: the year, month, and day of death, residence place and street number, first and last names, religion, gender, and age of the deceased. Later, through a decree from the Imperial office in 1788, the cause of death was added if it was known

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection contains a digital browse. Only the DGS numbers are displayed. This collection was created from selected films on multiple titles. Not all films were included. To see a list of all films for a specific parish click the link in the 'Title column. Click on the link in the DGS column to open a new tab to view the images for that film.

DGS Film Item(s) Film Note Title (Parish, dates)
4679930 2099987 2 Rođeni 1857-1884 Ravna Gora. Matična knjiga, 1759-1911
4679930 2099987 3 Umrli 1858-1896 Ravna Gora. Matična knjiga, 1759-1911
4679924 2084825 1 Rođeni 1877-1897 Mrkopalj. Matična knjiga, 1764-1916
4679924 2084825 2 Vjenčani 1858-1889 Mrkopalj. Matična knjiga, 1764-1916
4679933 2100019 6 Vjenčani 1841-1887 Starigrad. Matična knjiga, 1769-1887
4679898 1419031 1 Umrli 1843-1858 Bribir. Matična knjiga, 1678-1900
4679898 1419031 2 Rođeni 1783-1835 -- Umrli 1782-1835 Brlog. Matična knjiga, 1782-1901
4679898 1419031 3 - 4 Rođeni 1730-1776 -- Rođeni 1815-1858 Brod na Kupi. Matična knjiga, 1730-1905
4679898 1419031 5 Vjenčani 1815-1843 Brod Moravice. Matična knjiga, 1815-1902
4679900 1419043 1 - 6 Rođeni 1815-1823, 1855-1858, 1822-1855 -- Vjenčani 1800-1822, 1856-1858, 1822-1855, 1798-1809 -- Umrli 1815-1823, 1855-1858, 1822-1855 Crikvenica. Matična knjiga, 1798-1908
4679900 1419043 7 Rođeni 1815-1836 Čabar. Matična knjiga, 1815-1902
4679901 1419044 1 - 3 Rođeni 1836-1857 -- Vjenčani 1815-1857 -- Umrli 1815-1857 Čabar. Matična knjiga, 1815-1902
4679901 1419044 4 Rođeni 1748-1789 -- Vjenčani 1748-1789 -- Umrli 1748-1787 Čakovec. Matična knjiga, 1748-1881
4679930 2099987 1 Umrli 1883-1901 Rab. Matična knjiga, 1569-1901
4679933 2100019 1 Vjenčani 1862-1899 Divjake. Matična knjiga, 1858-1912
4679933 2100019 2 Umrli 1858-1899 Divjake. Matična knjiga, 1858-1912
4679933 2100019 3 Rođeni 1856-1877 Stara Baška. Matična knjiga, 1786-1901
4679933 2100019 4 Vjenčani 1856-1901,1835-1853,1786-1835 Stara Baška. Matična knjiga, 1786-1901
4679933 2100019 5 Umrli 1856-1901, 1835-1855 Stara Baška. Matična knjiga, 1786-1901
4679933 2100019 7 Rođeni 1847-1864 Supetarska Draga. Matična knjiga, 1832-1899

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The names of the parents or spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the parents’ birthplaces to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • 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
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to the family’s religion or area of residence in the county. You may be able to find other church or local records. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Consult the Croatia Record Finder to find other records
  • Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations. If the information was scanned, there may also be optical character recognition errors
  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby places

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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