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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Croatia, go to the Religious Records page.

Overview[edit | edit source]

  • Croatia has no official religion and Freedom of religion is a right defined by the Constitution of Croatia, which also defines all religious communities as equal in front of the law and separate from the state.
  • The most predominant religion in Croatia is Christianity and a large majority of the Croatian population declares themselves as members of the Roman Catholic Church (86.28%). The other main religions of Croatia are Eastern Orthodoxy (4.44%), Protestantism (0.34%), other Christianity (0.30%), and Islam (1.47%). 4.57% of the population describes themselves as non-religious.
  • Croats are almost exclusively Roman Catholic and Serbs are Orthodox.
  • The language of the records is either Latin, Croatian, Hungarian, or Italian. Glagolitic and Cyrillic as well as Roman script occur in the records.

Time Period[edit | edit source]

  • Roman Catholic parishes kept registers earlier than Orthodox parishes which were required to keep them only after 1777.
  • Civil transcripts of registers were mandated during the 19th century.
  • A tabular format was adopted after 1848.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Name of infant
  • Gender and date of birth
  • Legitimacy
  • Religion
  • Parents' names, residence, and place of origin
  • Names of witnesses or godparents

Marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date and place of the event
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Their civil statuses (widowed, single, divorced) at the time of the event
  • Places of origin and residence of the bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Name of witnesses

Burial records usually contain the following information:

  • Place and date of the event
  • Place and date of death
  • Name of the principal (deceased)
  • Civil status of principal at time of death
  • Civil status and name of spouse, if married at time of death
  • Parents' names
  • Sometimes, place of burial

Accessing the Records[edit | edit source]

Older parish registers have been and continue to be transferred to the district historical archives or the Croatia State Archive.

Catholic Parish List[edit | edit source]

Go to Appendix B. for a Croatian Catholic Parish List

Online Databases: FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]

Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

Orthodox[edit | edit source]

Greek Cathlic[edit | edit source]

Evangelical[edit | edit source]

Reformed Christian[edit | edit source]

Jewish[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Microfilming[edit | edit source]

  • Various church books from the Croatian State Archives
  • Orthodox church records of the Blaski eparchy (Blaski is not a geographic place, but the name of a patriarch. The eparchy covered all of the Orthodox parishes in Dalmatia)
  • Documents from district church archives throughout Croatia
  • Church records from the Osijek State Archives
  • Material from the Varaždin State Archives
  • Catholic church books from the Zadar and Split State Archives
  • Orthodox church books from the Zadar and Split State Archives
  • Church books from the Dubrovnik State Archives
  • Records from the Rijeka State Archives
  • Records from the Pazin State Archives

Websites[edit | edit source]

Writing for Records[edit | edit source]

Use the Croatia Letter Writing Guide to write for records not available online.