Croatian Genealogy
Online Newsletter

Issue No. 3, November 21, 1999

This issue of the Croatian Online Newsletter contains three publications dealing with the area of maritime Croatia, but covering opposite ends of the Adriatic. Stanovnistvo Konavala (The Population of Konavle) covers the extreme southern region of Dalmatia, while Istra Kroz Stoljeca (Istria across the Centuries) and Isljenici cresko-losinjskog otocja u New Yorku i okolici (Immigrants from the islands of Cres and Losinj to New York and vicinity) cover the most northerly area of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. Also listed in this issue are the latest Family History Center (FHC) films from Istria which supplement the list provided in Issue No. 2 of the newsletter. In the next issue more FHC for maritime Croatia will appear.


Stanovnistvo Konavala (The Population of Konavle)

Stanovnistvo Konavala (The Population of Konavle) by Niko Kapetanic and Nenad Vekaric has recently been published. This two volume work covers the genealogical history of the Konavle region, which stretches east of the maritime city of Dubrovnik to the Bay of Kotor, at the southern border of Croatia. This hinterland was the breadbasket of the Republic of Ragusa, or Dubrovnik from the Medieval Age to the 19th century. The book presents a history of population movement in the first volume and covers the families which were found in the various Konavle communities. A two tier index provides reference by geographical regions and towns and by a surname index. Much of the data was compiled from the Church registry books for the Konavlian communities, much as were the volumes previously written by Vekaric dealing with the Pelagusa peninsula Peljeski rodovi (see Issue No. 2).

The communities in Konavle, from west to east, comprise of Cavtat, Zvekovica, Mocici, Cilipi, Komaji, Uskoplje, Gabrile, Stravca, Jasenica, Siljesci, Brotnice, Duba, Kuna, Drvenik, Mihanici, Pridvorje, Lovorno, Ljuta, Popovici, Radovcici, Gruda, Zastolje, Dunave, Dubravka, Vodovada, Palje Brdo, Polijice, Plocice, Mikulici, Durinic, Molunat, and Vitaljina.

The demographic history of Konavle can be summarized by the statement "Today's population basically comprises five strata: people whose ancestors lived there before the Dubrovnik era (the majority of families from the interior of Konavle); the second stratum are those whose ancestors arrived after the fall of Bosnia and Herzegovina; the third is small in number and comprises people whose ancestors came during the period of the Dubrovnik Republic; the fourth, somewhat larger, stratum consists of descendants of nineteenth-century immigrants, who came mainly from the north, and fifth is the youngest, which includes immigrants from various regions who settled in Konavle after 1918" (Stanovnistvo Konavala, vol. 2, p.391).

Istra Kroz Stoljeca (Istria across the Centuries)

Prezimena i naselja: narodnosna statistika u godini oslobodenga (Surnames and settlement: population statistics in the year of liberation) is based on the population statistics compiled for all of Croatia in 1946. This three volume set lists the surnames found in each community on the Istrian peninsula (both those in present-day Croatia and Slovenia), and those found on the islands of Cres, Losinj, Susak, Unije, and Srakane. One volume is devoted only to surnames, making it early to locate a family.

Each community is described by population and then by the families located there. For example Prnjani near Pula is shown as:


PRNJANI (Porgnana)


Godina [Year] ** Stanovnici [Population]

NASELJA [Settlement]

PRNJANI: Obitelji [Families] 5; stanovnika [population] 29

PREZIMENA [Surnames]

Batel (Batelli) 1, Broskvar 1, Kalebic (Calebi) 1, Lazar (Lazzari) 1, Zudih (Sudi) 1.


Other volumes in Istra Kroz Stoljeca (Istria across the Centuries) include Crvena ruze (Rosa Rosse) by Pier Antonio Quarantotti Gambini. Etos i etnos zavicaja (Ethnic Homeland) by Mirloslav Bertosa, Opredjeljenje (Taking Sides / Commitment) by Lucifero Martini, Obzori istarskog narodnjastva: Antologijski izbor tekstova iz "Nase sloge" 1870-1915 (Horizon-Knowledge-Vision Istrian Nationalism: anthology text collection in "Nase sloge" 1870-1915) a two volume set by Josip Pecan, Ekonomska Historija Jugoslavije (Economic History of Yugoslavia) a two volume set by Mijo Mirkkovic, Scavunska vesla: Galije i galijoti na istocnoj obali Jadrana (Gallies and galley-slaves on the eastern Adriatic coast) by Danilo Klen, and Zakopano zlato: hrvatske usmene pripovijetke predaje i legende iz Istre (Hidden gold: Croatian oral tales, traditions, and legends of Istria). Istra Kroz Stoljeca (Istria across the Centuries) was printed 1985-1986 in Belgrade and Rijeka.

Isljenici cresko-losinjskog otocja u New Yorku i okolici

Full title is Isljenici cresko-losinjskog otocja u New Yorku i okolici:Jedno stoljece organiziranog drustvenog zivota nasih otocana u New Yorku rendered in English as "Immigrants from the islands of Cres and Losinj to New York and vicinity: one hundred years of societal organized life of our islanders in New York". This work by Anton Bozanic contains the history of 19th and 20th century immigrants from the Croatian islands of Cres, Losinj, Ilovik, Susak, and Srakane.

Bozanic not only shows the history of the islanders to New York City and vicinity, but also lists the present day families in the New York area from these island arranged alphabetically under their ancestral town. The New York families listed are Belej, Beli, Cres, Zbicina, Cunski, Ilovik, Martinscica, Vidovici, Miholascica, Nerezine, Punta Kriza, Vele Srakane, Stivan, Unije, Ustrine, Veli Losinj, and Vrana.

Anton Bozanic wrote Isljenici cresko-losinjskog... in 1997 while he was a pastor at Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens, where a large number of islanders settled in the current century. Bonzanic completed his religious studies in 1989 from the Theology faculty at the University of Zagreb in 1989. He is now with the parish church in Mali Losinj, Croatia.

Isljenici cresko-losinjskog... is published by Katedra Cakavskog sabora Cres-Losinj, and the towns of Mali Losinj and Cres.

New FHC microfilm for Istria

New microfilm from Family History Center Library in Salt Lake City, Utah:

Other new microfilms that are available for the Istrian peninsula are:

  • Labin 1536-1910
  • Lovrec 1743-1891
  • Lupoglav (Gorenja Vas) near Pazin 1656-1822
  • Nova Vas (Villanova) 1795-1893
  • Porec 1657-1867
  • Pula 1613-1901
  • Vizinada (Visinada) 1663-1888

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