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Croatian Genealogy Newsletter

Issue No. 17, January 2009                                                  

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Ogulinsko Modruški Rodovi by Hrvoje Salopek

This book describes all the major surnames for the Ogulin and Modruš region. The full title is Oglunsko Modruški: podrijetlo, razvoj, rasprostranjenost, seobe, i prezimena stranovništva ogulinskog kraja (The origin, development, dispersion, migration and surnames of the inhabitants of the Ogulin Region) is similar to the earlier editions (1999, 2000) by Hrvoje Salopek, whose 2000 book covered the same regional surnames and local history. See Issue No. 7 of the Croatian Genealogy Newsletter for a review on the first edition. Though this volume of 504 pages is written in Croatian there is a short English summary (pages 499-502).

This new expanded version was published in 2007 and contains more details of the families and history of Ogulin and Modruš with the Tounje area added. Initially introduced by the Croatian Heritage Foundation in December of 2007, it has taken the last year for it to become better known. The book is published by Matica Hrvatska Ogulin, the Croatian Heritage Foundation, and the Croatian Genealogy Society "Pavao Ritter Vitezovic" from Zagreb.

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This new volume is loaded with a wealth of historical and genealogical details that is not found in the first edition. The current edition describes the city of Ogulin and the surrounding region including Oštarije, Josipidol, Zagorje Ogulinkso, Modruš, and Tounj. A fine review of the history is provided from the founding of Ogulin as a defensive fort against Turkish incursions in the 1500's to the beginning of the First World War (pages 17-168). The town of Modruš was destroyed by the Turks in the 15th Century and the founding of the new town of Ogulin, which became a part of the Military Frontier established by the Habsburg monarchs of Austria.

Genealogical information abounds in this volume. Starting with the Modruš Urbarium of 1486 the volume lists the clan and surnames of the region. The first census of Ogulin was conducted from 1630 to 1633 and those surnames are also recorded here, while the entire integral household census of the Ogulin area was carried out from 1775 to 1780. This 18th century census is listed in the book by surname, number of families and region, similar to the used in the Hrvatski Prezimenik which is features in this issue. The author, Hrvoje Salopek has included a clan by clan review of all the surnames of long standing that are found in the Ogulin region based on the 1775 to 1780 census. This census was the first full household survey of the Ogulin region and is partially reproduced in the text (pages 121-127).

Salopek spends almost half of the book (pages 267-461) on reviews of the history of each surname describing its historic significance and the geographic distribution of the name. The variations of surnames that developed from these clan names are mentioned. Each clan name is written in a variety of forms making it easier to match with a variation found in genealogical documents. Surnames are listed in modern the Croatian spelling, earlier Latin script and in Glagolitic. For a list of surnames from the first two editions from the Ogulin-Modruš area see Table 1 of the Croatian Genealogy Newsletter, No. 7.

Additional Ogulin-Modruš surnames only found in the new edition are:
Capan, Cristanovic Damjanic, Delic, Dikovic, Dobranic, Dragišic, Dujmesic, Filipovic, Fumic, Gerovac, Grajner, Grcar, Hodnik, Jelenac, Juraic/Jurajic, Katic, Kobetic, Kordis, Korenic, Krikšic, Kromar, Lipošcak, Ljubanovic, Mamic, Matešic, Matic, Mavrovic, Mejašic/Meašic, Miletic, Mravunac, Oštarcevic, Ožanic, Paukovic/Pavkovic, Perkovic, Pogeža, Rebrovic, Skocic, Stanisic, Šibaric, Štefanac, Šute, Tutek, Ujdenica, Vukmanic, Zoretic, Zubcic.

The chapter entitled "Iseljavanje u Sjedinjene Americke Države krajem i pocetkom 20. st." (Immigration to the United States during the 19th and 20 Centuries) is of particular interest to those researching their Croatian ancestors in America. The overall majority of Croats from the Ogulin and Modruš region settled in the communities of McKeesport and Duquesne, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. Other Ogulin and Modruš settlers went to Kansas City and Akron, Ohio.

The book contains short biographies of various inhabitants of the Ogulin-Modruš region (pages 469-480), including U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich. The author, himself has a biographical sketch at the end of the book. Hrvoje Salopek was born in Zagreb, educated in Vienna and Zagreb. He graduated from the Economic faculty at the University in Zagreb in 1979 and has worked for Poljoopskrba and Hrvatska Matica Iseljenika. He lives with his family in Zagreb.

Stališ duša župe Veprinac 1875 – 1925 by Roberto Žigulic

A new book issued in 2008 under the title Stališ duša župe Veprinac 1875. – 1925.: Knjiga i Poljane i Puharska is issued by the Croatian State Archive branch in Rijeka. Veprinac is near the city of Rijeka in western Croatia. In this book the family trees of 270 house numbers are given with the belonging old family photos. A historical account of approximately 80 pages is found at the introduction while the whole book covers 440 pages. The author, Roberto Žigulic is a graduate of the Technical Faculty in Zagreb. He lives in Opatija. The book has been sold in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Belgium and Serbia. More information on the book can be found on the site

Žigulic's website provides a list of Veprinac surnames that are that covered in his volume.

Osor Marriage Index from 1815 to 1900 by Barbara Starkey

A new church registry index is available from Barbara Starkey. Now the Osor Marriage Index from 1815 to 1900 is available in printed by either date, male, or female spouses. There is mention of a CD version. Ms. Starkey has covered those records for the period, similar to her work on the Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj marriage records. It is a complete collection of these records from 1815 to 1900.

The Osor marriages cover the town of Osor and the nearby town of Nerezine and other areas on the north end of the island of Losinj, Croatia. Many of the surnames found in the church registry for Osor go back to the 17th Century, and marriage, birth, and death records for the Osor area date back to 1609. Some of these surnames later appear in other parts of the islands of Losinj and Unije. Osor was the ancient Roman town of the region containing an administrative centre and a bishopric diocese. In the early 19th Century, during the first years of Austrian administration of the region the diocese was dissolved and the church administrative functions were taken over by the diocese of Krk, which today contain the historical church records for Osor.

The Osor Marriage Index from 1815 to 1900 is available for $30 US from Barbara Starkey at 1839 N. 600 W., Mapleton, Utah 84664. Orders should specify which print version (date, male, or female listing) is preferred.

From Distant Villages: the lives and times of Croatian settlers in New Zealand, 1858-1958 by Stephen A. Jelicich

This volume chronicles the Croats who immigrated to New Zealand in the 19th Century and those who arrived there in the last few decades. Many of these new arrivals settled around Auckland and the Northland, fewer went to Christchurch and the south of the country. Stephen Jelicich, the author, has heavily illustrated his of 309 pages with pictures of settlers, most of who came from Dalmatia. A number of these Croat settlers became prominent citizens in a wide range of fields. Jelicich, himself is a noted architect from Auckland. The book is dedicated to Jelicich's parents, Victor and Srecka Jelicich, born in the village of Sucuraj on the island of Hvar, Croatia and who settled in New Zealand in the 1920's. Photographs from the book and podcasts about From Distant Villages are available online at This new volume can be purchased for approximately $90 by using the order form provided.

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A review by Jim Eagles which was published in the New Zealand Herald on May 28th, 2008 also appeared in newsletter No. 16 of the Croatian Genealogy Newsletter.

Split cemetery offers search for deceased on the web

Croatian Times (04. 02. 09) reports on a new search engine that will contain the cemetery records for the Lovrinac cemetery in Split, Croatia. The project is an attempt to list the names on 70,000 graves at The article in Croatian Times reads:

A Split cemetery has begun a search engine for deceased people on its website.

"Lovrinac" cemetery recently began the project on its website to make it easier for people to find individual graves there. The cemetery put the names of all the people buried there, the dates of their burials and the locations of their graves on the website. Cemetery chief Petar Bilobrk told the daily Slobodna Dalmacija the project was still in an experimental stage and needed to be improved. Bilobrk said the project was aimed at Croats living abroad who had not had a chance to see where their deceased friends or family members had been buried. The cemetery has an area of 35 hectares and some 70,000 graves."

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