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Croatian Genealogy Newsletter

Issue No. 18, July 2009                                                  


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Hrvatski Prezimenik

This three volume set is the most recent listing of all Croatian surnames within Croatia. Volume 1 covers the surnames from A to K, volume covers surnames from L to Ž, and volume 3 contains surnames by town and village locations within Croatia.

Entitled, Hrvatski Prezimenik: Pučanstvo Republike Hrvatske na Početku 21. Stoljeća and roughly translated into English as, Croatian Surname Index: Inhabitants of the Republic of Croatia at the start of the 21st Century. Published by Golden Marketing of Zagreb, these volumes of 2099 pages were produced by Franjo Maletić and Petar Šimunović. The authors Petar Šimunović (1933-) works for the Instituta za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovljie and Franjo Maletić is a director of Godlen Marketing-Tehnička knjiga.

Hrvatski Prezimenik is necessary publication for all researching Croatian surnames. It is the modern equivalent of the church censuses of the late 19th century. Together with the 1976 edition of Leksika prezimena SR Hrvatske (Lexical Surnames of the Socialist Republic of Croatia) it builts on the 1948 Yugoslav census and together these two works outline the entire range of Croatian surnames as they appear in the 20th Century. Using the Leksika and Hrvatski Prezimenik one can determine the movement of surnames over a period of 50 years or more. These sources are also extremely useful in locating a potential ancestral region for a surname based on the frequency of a surname in a particular region.

The ten most common Croatian surnames with the number of occurances in brackets within Croatia itself are: Horavat (22,225)
Kovačević (15,835)
Babić (13,150)
Marić (11,617)
Novak (11,396)
Jurić (11,356)
Kovačić (11,171)
Vuković (10.582)
Knežević (10,554)
Marković (10.074)

In addition special chapters include the history of surnames in regions that are difficult to find details of Croatians in locations such as Bosnia, Italy, Hungary, and Chile. There is chapter on Croatian surnames in the United States. The chapter on Bosnia is particularly interesting in describing the names of that region. Entited Bošnjačkomuslimanska osobna imena i prezimena

The cost of the book 1,200 kuna or approximately $200US or $260CDN.

Ivan Ćurković who operates the Curkovic Blog site points out in the July 17 blog page that Golden Marketing haS provided free web site for searching of its Croatian surname index.

Hrvatski Prezimenik cover

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A New Croatian Genealogy Web Site and a WebBlog

A new web site was recently launched called the "Croatian Family History & Genealogy Web Site".

New Croatian Genealogy Web Site

The Croatian Family History & Genealogy web site was launched at the end of July by Sven Sambujak featuring various links in English applicable to Croatian genealogy. The web site provides access to a directory of church parish addresses with telephone numbers. Also the Croatian Surname Directory from Golden Marketing is linked on this site. Primarily the web site part of Sambunjak Genealogy Research which provides research services for Croatia and Slovenia. Sambunjak lists is specialization as the Žumberak region located between the Slovenian border and the city of Zagreb and comprizes of four Greek Catholic Parishes Drage, Sošice, Stojdraga, Radatovići and five Roman Catholic Parishes: Vivodina, Kamanje, Žakanje, Žumberak and Oštrc.

------ A new Croatian Family History & Genealogy web site went live today. It contains various resources interesting for genealogy researchers who has the focus on Croatians and their heritage. The site includes Directory of most common Croatian surnames as well as first (given) names, the Croatian Parishes address book, news articles and educational material on how to start your Croatian Genealogy research.

The web site is supported by Sambunjak Genealogy Research, a group of dedicated genealogy specialists that offer research services for anyone whose ancestors are from Croatia or Slovenia. Their experience and knowledge gained during years of genealogy research will be offered to the public through this web site.

The creators of Croatian Family History & Genealogy promise the web site will be regularly updated with new services and resources. Currently, the web site is published only in English, but there are longer term plans to expand the availability of the site in other languages.

You can visit the new Croatian Genealogy web site at www.croatian-genealogy.com.

Sven Sambunjak, webmaster stranica Croatian family history & genealogy ističe da će se sadržaji na web-stranicama redovito osvježavati, kako bi postali relevantno štivo za hrvatsku genealogiju na engleskom jeziku. A ako se ukaže potreba, stranice se u kratkom roku mogu proširiti kako bi pokrivale više jezika, između ostalog dakako i hrvatski.

Zumberak specialization for the region between the Slovenian border and east to Zagreb.

Slovenia & Croatia Genealogy Research

Žumberak comprizes of four Greek Catholic Parishes Drage, Sošice, Stojdraga, Radatovići and five Roman Catholic Parishes: Vivodina, Kamanje, Žakanje, Žumberak and Oštrc.

Most of vital records in this area are well preserved, but not microfilmed. We may be able to do a research for you, or help you in your endeavors as you travel in the region. Don't hesitate to contact us.

(c) Lidija Sambunjak Genealogy Research. All right reserved Web design by (c) Free Web Templates Includes basic research of availability of data about your ancestry. The result of the research is the list of resources where data can be found or should be searched for. Up to ten names could be extracted from the the records as a result of this research. The cost: one time fee of € 65 or $ 97 € 0,55 or or $ 0,83 per kilometer ----- After careful preparation and beta testing, Croatian Family History & Genealogy web site was officially released on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009.

It contains various resources interesting for genealogy researchers who has the focus on Croatians and their heritage. The site includes Directory of most common Croatian surnames as well as first (given) names, the Croatian Parishes address book, news articles and educational material on how to start your Croatian Genealogy research.

The web site is supported by Sambunjak Genealogy Research, a group of dedicated genealogy specialists that offer research services for anyone whose ancestors are from Croatia or Slovenia. Their experience and knowledge gained during years of genealogy research will be offered to the public through this web site.

The Croatian Family History & Genealogy web site will be regularly updated with new services and resources. Currently, the web site is published only in English, but there are longer term plans to expand the availability of the site in other languages.

You can visit the web site at the address www.croatian-genealogy.com

Sambunjak Genealogy Research 9. svibnja 8 10430 Samobor Croatia - Europe http://www.sambunjak.com --> Slovenia & Croatia Genealogical Research. Slovenia & Croatia Genealogy Includes basic research of availability of data about your ancestry. The result of the research is the list of resources where data can be found or should be searched for. Up to ten names could be extracted from the the records as a result of this research.

The cost: one time fee of € 65 or $ 97 € 0,55 or or $ 0,83 per kilometer

A new phenomenon in genealogy has appeared, the blog. A particularily good example is that of the Curkovic blog.

Source; http://www.curkovic.ca/?page_id=2

Hi, my name is Ivan Ćurković and I am the owner and creator of Curkovic.ca. I am also the individual responsible for BuskoBlato.org, a website that now features an expanded family tree for both my family and the entire Buško Blato area. For those of you that don’t know, Buško Blato is a predominantly Croatian and Roman Catholic region in Bosnia-Hercegovina that has served as home to my Ćurković forefathers for at least three hundred years.

As the title of my current domain would suggest, the main purpose of this blog is to write about the single, most important aspect of my life: the Ćurković family or more specifically, the deceased members of the Ćurković family.

I find genealogy and history fascinating and am using all means necessary to enhance my knowledge about my family. This means interacting with people worldwide to collect and share as much information about my family as humanly possible.

Rather than design and build a regular website, I have decided to do something a little more fun: I have aimed to develop this website in the blog format. I chose to write a blog for three main reasons:

My Croatian family roots can be traced back to a lake region of southwestern Bosnia-Hercegovina called Buško Jezero. Nestled in between the Kamešnica and Tušnica mountain ranges, this area lies a short distance away from the two nearby towns of Livno and Tomislavgrad and on the border with Croatia’s popular and beautiful Dalmatian area. The population of the region is primarily inhabited by Croats of Roman Catholic faith and is, at the very minimum, believed to have been the home to my family for almost three full centuries.


Searching for your Croatian roots (Seventh Edition) by Robert Jerin

The latest edition of Searching for your Croatian roots has lately been released by Robert Jerin. This book is now available on CD-ROM from the author. Jerin has written is guide specifically for American-Croatians or for anyone searching for Croatian genealogical information from the United States covering the history of Croatian immigration to the U.S., vital records in the U.S., census records, and social security records. In addition, Jerin has information on Croatian church records with details on how to translate and interprete Croatian records.

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The book is self published so I would be the only source. The book began as part my seminars but since many people could not attend the seminar I began to offer it for sale... about 400 copies so far. You can purchase either an e copy (PDF file) for $20 or a hard copy by USPS for $20 plus $6 shipping and handling, within the US. Payment can be made by PayPal USPS ($20 plus $6 shipping US or for Canada $20 (USD) plus $10 (USD)) Or if you want the eBook version which is $20 USD.

Here are the details

Handbook “Searching for Your Croatian Roots”

This handbook, now in its 7th edition, was originally designed for my seminars but people who couldn't make the seminars began to ask for it. The book is designed to help with understanding Croatia from a historical perspective to aid our search, how and where to find info plus lots of other useful information. The handbook has evolved into a very tutorial format, with lots of graphic examples to go along with the text. Here are content and ordering details:

The fifth edition was reviewed in Issue 11 January 2005 of the Croatian Genealogy Newsletter. Contents overview History of Croatia, origin of Croatians How our ancestors lived in the “old country” Croatian immigration to America, the four waves The immigrant journey to America How they lived in America Getting Started with your family tree Dos and don’ts Locating records (in the US and in Europe) Immigrant ship manifests Records in Croatia Birth records Marriage records Death records US census records Finding records in Croatia A sample letter for writing to churches to ask for family records A sample letter for writing for birth, marriage and other info from Municipal offices (Opcine Ured) Translating Croatian records List of key words (more key words added) including occupations used on church and civil records including English, Croatian and Latin translation. CD containing Croatian Fonts for Windows, Croatian city/town/village names and their Postal (ZIP) Codes and a Slide show of our Heritage and History tour of show of Croatia Guide to interpreting old handwriting Cyrillic alphabet w/Roman translation for help with Orthodox record Archaic Croatian Glagolica script w/Roman translations Translation of given names (inc Croatian, English, Latin and Italian) Meaning of surnames and categories of surnames Figuring Family relationships Internet links

Robert Jerin Croatian Heritage Museum Cleveland, Ohio, USA E-mail: rjerin26@yahoo.com

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