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The principal language of the Orthodox records is Serbo-Croatian written in Serbian Church Slavonic script, derived from old Cyrillic script. The Catholic records are in Latin until 1848, then in Hungarian. Both are 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 Serbian records, see:

Serbian Alphabet

Serbian and Croatian Alphabets


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro),” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1989-1998.