Croatia, Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Croatia Church Books, 1516-1994 .

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Title in the Language of the Records

Hrvatska -Crkvene Knjige

What is in the Collection?

These records are written in Croatian and Latin.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994.

This collection includes baptismal, marriage, and burial records from different churches in Croatia, such as Roman Catholic, Serbian Orthodox, Jewish, and Military congregations, for the years 1516-1994. It also includes vital records of Jews and some early civil registration of the Napoleonic period. Indexing for some of these records is also available.

This collection dates to a period when Croatia was not yet an independent country, so it includes records created under different governments, such as Hungary and the former Yugoslavia. A patent, ruled by Emperor Joseph II in 1784, mandated the inclusion of certain sections in all parish record books maintained by the clergy. These register records were later used also as civil vital records. As of 1868, the Ministry of Internal Affairs took over the right to supervise the maintenance of these records. 

For a list of records by religion currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Collection Content

Sample Images

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

How Do I Search the Collection?

To browse this collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Religion"
⇒Select the "Place"
⇒Select the "Event Types/year Range," which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search, it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person
  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date of the event
  • Other identifying information, such as the name of the parents or spouse

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, and some other identifying information, such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Croatian. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Croatia Language and Languages

General Information About Church Records in Croatia

The church records were created by authorized priests to record the events of baptisms, marriages, and burials/death. These records were also used later to determine and prove the civil status and existence of citizens by civil authorities. These records are some of the most reliable sources of information available for doing genealogical research.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Croatia items or FHL Keyword Croatia items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Croatia Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Hrvatski Državni Arhiv, Zagreb [Croatia State Archives, Zagreb].

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994.