Croatia Genealogy

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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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Country Information[edit | edit source]

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]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Croatia Research

Links to articles on getting started with Croatia research.

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Croatia Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Croatia research.

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Croatia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Croatia Map[edit | edit source]

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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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Counties of Croatia[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Regions[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

More Croatia Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Croatia.

Reading Croatian Records[edit | edit source]

More Croatia Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools for Croatia.

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

References[edit | edit source]

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