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Croatian Genealogy Online Newsletter

Issue No. 6, November 1, 2001

Croatian Census 2001

This year's Croatian census information has been released by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (Drzavni zavod za statistiku) as of July 2001. The census data available includes population figures for all Croatian counties, plus the city of Zagreb. The total Croatian population stands at 4,422,630 in habitants, with 770,058 for the population of Zagreb.

The 2001 census is the largest Croatian census to date. Over 22,000 enumerators were involved in data gathering which started on March 31, 2001. At least 326,268 people are listed as absent in the census. With many Croats working aboard this figure may indicate that a large number of citizens reside outside the country. An agricultural census will be carried out in 2002.

There have been fourteen previous censuses since 1857 covering the area of present day Croatia. These have occurred in 1857, 1869, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1921, 1931, 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981, and 1991. The region of Istria, Rijeka and Zadar are not included in the 1921 and 1931 censuses, since those regions were a part of Italy between the two world wars. Some of the post war census has been used to compile a lexicon of surnames in Croatia: This is a surname only listing for all names in Croatia as of about 1962, and providing the number of occurrences of each surname in each village or town within Croatia. It's Croatian title and library citation is Leksik prezimena Socijalisticke Republike Hrvatske by Valentin Putanec, and Petar Simunovic. (Zagreb : Institut za jezik, 1976. -- xiv, 772 p.).

New Books

Croatians in California, 1849-1999 is compiled by the well-known Croatian genealogist, Adam Eterovich through his Ragusan Press. It was published in June 2000 and consists of 600 pages at a cost of $30.00. It contains information on Gold Rush pioneers, the wild west- saloons, restaurants, farms, orchards, vineyards, fishermen, music, celebrations, societies, churches and a thousand names of individuals from the state of California.

General Index to Croatian Pioneers In California, 1849-1999 is a companion volume to Eterovich's Croatians in California, 1849-1999 and was written by Eterovich and Jerry Simich. It also appeared in June 2000 and consists of 375 pages. It is an index by name, date, location, town of origin and reference sources. The information has been abstracted from cemeteries, voting registers, census, society records, and church records. There are over 40,000 individuals and marriages listed. (Both of the above two titles can be acquired from: Adam S. Eterovich, 2527 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070)

Inside Pocket Guide: Croatia - Plus Pull-Out Map (2001) by Jane Foster is a recent travel book outlining the latest tourist information. This book includes a chapter detailing Croatia's history and culture, 12 itineraries, and a comprehensive information section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. It includes dozens of top-notch photographs and 8 maps, and a detailed pull-out map. This guide of 96 pages has a retail price of $13.95. It was published by Langenscheidt Publishers,Inc. in December of 2000.

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