Wednesday, May 12, 2021

NEW! Serbia Genealogy Research Playlist

We had the distinct privilege of meeting with Fr. Ivan Delic from Belgrade, Serbia in the second of a 3-part series of webinars to discuss Serbia genealogical research.
Part 3 will broadcast live at 8am Eastern on Tuesday, 18 May 2021. Previous registrants will receive a Zoom reminder email. If you are new, here is the link to join us for the last session.

I have created a Serbia Genealogy Research YouTube Playlist located here:
If you cannot view the embedded video on your device, use this link:
SD quality is replaced by HD quality with CC usually within the hour of uploading.

00:35:37 Melanie Hinds: I am 100% Serbian.
00:39:55 Cousin Russ:
00:50:11 Frank Jatzek: Here in Germany I only saw distances from a residence to the church up to 10 Kilometers this is way further in Serbia.
00:53:03 Marlis Humphrey: Father Ivan, you talk about difference in availability of books and record keeping in north vs. in Serbia. My family is Orthodox Serbs that lived in Croatia. Gospic-Lika area. Will their record keeping be more like the north situation or more like Serbia?
00:53:56 Melanie Hinds: @Marlis - my mother's family is also from Lika. How interesting!!
00:55:30 Marlis Humphrey: Melanie - which towns and surnames? Maybe we are cousins?
00:55:44 Marlis Humphrey: Thank you Father Ivan!
00:56:11 Frank Jatzek: Where it custom in Serbia to announce a marriage in Public (for example the Newspapers) too? That could help in cases where the original church books are gone but the Newspapers survived.
00:56:41 Marlis Humphrey: @Melanie. I am Rajcevic and Rogich from Citluk and Plecas and Obradovich from Divoselo
00:57:37 Melanie Hinds: @Marlis - Not sure of the exact towns, just the general area. My grandfather's last name was Kupresan. But he Americanized it to Kupresh.
00:58:27 Melanie Hinds: @Marlis - My maiden name is Markovic. My dad was from a village outside Krusevac.
00:59:57 Marlis Humphrey: Melanie - Do you read Serb World Magazine? The often have stories of families and history of towns.
01:00:32 Melanie Hinds: Marlis - No. I will have to check it out. We must connect offline after this webinar!
01:01:56 Melanie Hinds: Russ - Can Fr. Ivan's PP be made available after the webinars?
01:03:02 Frank Jatzek: 70% of the Vital records between 1710 and 1880 are digitized? That is awesome! I'm so envious because that's a huge treasure you have there.
01:03:27 Carol Petranek: I am envious, too!
01:09:22 Marlis Humphrey: The vital records on DVD do they just cover vitals only  in Serbia? Where do I find  Serbian church/vital records from Croatia - Lijka region.
01:12:26 Frank Jatzek: @marlis: did you checked the Croatia, Church Books 1516-1994. Records of births and baptisms, marriages; deaths and burials performed by priests in Croatia. Includes vital records of Jews. These records were acquired from the Croatian State Archive. Baptisms through 1900 can be searched. ?
01:16:21 Frank Jatzek: Father Ivan: as it seems like that the Gravestone at your Picture includes Pictures itself I wondered if you Keep Headstones forever like the Jewish community or if you remove them after a specific time like we do in Germany
01:20:51 Marlis Humphrey: I looked for town records a couple of years ago and found nothing and they were not indexed so I had to slug through reading the Croatian. I have always been confused as to church records in Croatia - would they even contain the Serbs living there or only be the Croatian churches - because of the history of Serbs and Croatians. This collection of Croatia Church Books for 1516-1994 I was not aware of and would not have thought to look there. Thank you! The history of wars and ethnic cleansing make genealogical research in the former Yugoslavia especially difficult.
01:28:00 Marlis Humphrey: Yes FS and from Frank on this call. I just looked in the collection and the first names of the people in the records seem to be not Serbian.
01:35:52 Cousin Russ: Interesting that food is part of a death experience
01:48:46 Marlis Humphrey: Beautiful headstone / cross. Thank you for all the photos. They evoke such feeling. 1) In my situation do I write to the Croatia archives? 2) Do I also write to local churches near villages of Divoselo and Citluk? 3) Do Serbian churches still exist there? 4) I think there is a branch of the Croatia archive in Gospic. Is that the place to start?
01:49:05 DearMYRTLE .: I will ask these questions, Marlis.
02:03:03 Marlis Humphrey: Vrlo Hvala - that would be wonderful if you would connect me to Serbian orthodox priest communities!
02:04:01 Melanie Hinds: Yes, that would be a great resource to have. I need to determine exactly where in Lika my mother's family came from.
02:04:12 Marlis Humphrey: There are only a few books I found for Divoselo/Gospic and they seem to all Catholic names. Archive connection too would be amazing!
02:04:38 Marlis Humphrey: Zbogom! You are sent by God!
02:04:50 Melanie Hinds: Yes, Hvala!!
02:05:02 Frank Jatzek: I bet you help a lot more as soon as this Video will get around
02:05:44 Melanie Hinds: Thank you Myrt, Russ & Carol, for putting this together.

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