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Researching family history

Before arriving to the archives, one should find out the facts, as much as possible, about the history of a family: names and surnames of ancestors, dates and places of birth and death etc. It is advisable to talk to the members of the family that might know a bit more or might have older documents at their disposal. It is useful to try finding out something about the history of the place from which the family originates, to which administrative unit it belonged, in which parish they lived etc. In such literature there is often information that can point to the source containing useful information. One should make a list of possible sources; check where they are kept if they are at all preserved, and then contact the institution that keeps the required documents so they can verify their existence. The arrival to the archives should be announced as that will enable us to gather the necessary information in advance.

Questions about the registers of births, deaths and marriages, books of armorial bearings or other subjects can be directed to the address info@arhiv.hr (with stated subject genealogy).

The sources for genealogical researches can be found in a large number of fonds and collections of the Croatian State Archives. The most significant and the most utilized sources on the topic are:

  • Collection of Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Collection of Coat of Arms
  • Collection of Copies of Coat of Arms
  • Collection of Coat of Arms of the Families of Croatia and Slavonia
  • Supplemented microfilms – registers of births, deaths and marriages

The archives also collects data on registers of births, deaths and marriages in the territory of Croatia, so even if we do not hold material relevant for your research you can get general information about the registers of births deaths and marriages: where they are kept, whom to turn to etc.

 

Genealogical sources on the internet

Useful links, including instructions for research on family histories, as well as other genealogical information, can be found at the following websites: