Croatian Genealogy Online Newsletter
Issue No. 4, July 30, 2000
This issue of the Croatian Online Newsletter contains 3 articles dealing with an Internet site for Istria, the upcoming Croatian census, and a new publication.
www.istrianet.org is an Internet site for all types of matters Istrian. Included are a variety of pages devoted to genealogy and related material. Istria (the peninsula on the Adriatic Sea, in north-western Croatia) has a mixture of Slavic and Italian surnames dating back to before 1000 A.D. Though the specific genealogy information is limited to a few surnames, Istrianet.org does a splendid job of providing resources for all genealogist seeking information about Istria.
The genealogy information is found in a separate left hand menu after clicking on the main menu entire on the first page.
There are several reprints of standard family charts on Istrianet.org. Included are charts for the Angelini family of Rovinj (Rovigno) from the 17th century to 1999. Other family charts are found for the Manzini family from 1522 to 1999, and the De Pangher family from 1600 to 1922. As an added bonus, istrianet.org reproduces a list of family surnames for Rovinj indicating the first appearance of those surnames in the Rovinj records.
Surnames, and family nicknames are provided in a separate listing for the Istrian town of Piran (Pirano). The text is entirely in Italian.
Other resources at istrianet.org are a list of Istrian place names included the present names, historical names (in both Italian and Croatian), and the geographic coordinates of these locations. Maps of Istria from earlier this century are provided.
The next Croatian census will take place next year. The following extract from the Zagreb newspaper Vecernji list appeared on June 1, 2000:
A Trial Census of the Population Begins Today (by S. Perica)
Today a trial census of the population, houses and flats will commence and will last until June 15. This will be a test run for the real thing April 1-15, 2001, and will include 15000 residents. The trial census will cost about HRK 200 million. This will be the seventh census since 1945 and the first since Croatian independence, Director of the State Institute for Statistics Ivan Rusan stated at a press conference. A reminder that residents will be legally obliged to answer the questions of the surveyors, and next year there will 27000 of them.
Croatia's total population next year will not include people that have been outside of Croatia for more than one year which means people that provide for their family by working in foreign countries and have no economic ties in the country. Those people will be registered, but according to UN criteria will not be included in the country's total population despite having residency status. Even during the last census on the eve of the war in 1991, the UN did not recognize Croatia's figure of 4.7 million as a result of the census, but deducted about 300,000 foreign workers and reduced the total population to 4.4 million.
The census will provide information about movement of the population during the war because people will be asked where they resided during the previous census in 1991 and where they lived prior to their current address. Other questions such as the mother's whereabouts during birth will be asked in order to avoid people saying they are originally from Zagreb simply because they were born there.
In preparing the census the Institute accepted all the mandatory recommendations of the UN. An agricultural census will be carried out in 2002 on the bases of addresses of farming households, as a result of the census (Vecernji list, Zagreb).
In Search of the Lost People of Zlobin: research on overseas emigration from a Croatian village on the Adriatic cost by Radovan Tadej is a recent publication (Zlobin: Grafika Zagar, 1999) dealing with the families of Zlobin, a town on the Adriatic coast 25 kilometers east of Rijeka, near the town of Delnice in the Gorski kotar area, interior from the coast.
Zlobin can be considered fairly typical of coastal and interior towns of western Croatia in the last century, where immigration was mostly outward with few of the immigrants returning to their place of birth. In Zlobin the rate of emigration was almost at a quarter percent early in the twentieth century. Lists of names of Zlobin inhabitants who immigrated overseas are provided with dates of birth and death. Some of the surnames listed include: Blazina, Grubecic, Jadro, Kalafatic, Kucan, Marohnic, Polic, Ruzic, Susic, Subat, and Tadej.
Tadej does a wonderful job of outlining the families who settled overseas providing narrative, names of lists and statistics. Sections are included on immigration of Zlobin inhabitants to New Zealand, Latin America, and North America. In the latter, they settled in the following places: New Brighton, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; Duluth, Minnesota; Butte and Helena, Montana; Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Sturgeon Bay and Detroit, Michigan; Marinette and Ashland, Wisconsin; Spokane and Seattle, Washington; Joliet and Chicago, Illinois; Calument and Gary, Indiana; Denver Colorado; Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; Montreal, Quebec; and Thorold and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Biographies on several Zlobin immigrants are provided. Two of the prominent men from Zlobin featured in the book are Josip Marohnic, the founder of the First Croatian Bookstore in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and Ivan Kruzic, who befriended Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida.
The author is a lawyer, who has published four books of poetry, and various journal articles. He can be reached at:
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