Isn't the internet wonderful, I found a relative of a relative in this guestbook in the U.S. If there is anyone out there in this wide world of ours that wants to talk to someone who hasn't been back home to Bosiljevo since 1965, please feel free to get in touch with me. You never know I might be related to someone out there that I don't even know about. My mums maiden name was Korenic Marica, she came from Vrhova Gorica. My dad was Stjepan Fuduric from Korenic Brdo. His mums name was Kata Fuduric. It's good to find someone halfway around the world or next door to write to. Ako neko is Bosiljeva ima computer i internet javite mi se. Mi smo dosli u Australiju 1965 godine. Mi smo kumovi sa Mika Ljubic i Joza Mose, mozda neko zna te dvi familije. Mi smo doma zivili u Korenic Brdo 6, Bosiljevo (that was our address back home.
I was born in Korenic Brdo 22-9-1954. I came to Australia on 20-3-1965 with my dad Stjepan Fuduric, my mum Marica Fuduric (Korenic), and my brothers Vlado & Stjepan. I have never been back, but hope to one day soon. I have 3 sons; Daniel, Simon & Andrew.
Looking for any relatives of Zarko Kolic (Podumol, Karlovac, Croatia) or anyone who had grown up with him in the same village or attended school with him. He has a sister Barka and brother Jure (George).
I am looking for a photo of Sveti Mavar (Church) in Bosiljevo. We would like to have it on my Father's (Nikola 1934-2003)headstone. If you can help, please e-mail me with "Sveti Mavar" in the subject line. Thanks.
My husband's grandfather's name was Joseph SPELIC. He was born 19 January 1891 in Bosiljevo. He came to the USA and lived in the states of Montana and Pennsylvania. I would be interested in any information at all on his family.
Lookinf for last name family of Mara Becki born Jan 6, 1907 mother was Anne Bartic and father George Backi Entered the US in Dec 8 1925 Brother were Frank John Steve and sister Faancis was born in the US. I am going to Bosiljevo in September and would love to have some information. She was catholic.
I am looking for my Grandmother's place of Birth. The spelling that we have is Plemenitos. I do believe there was someone looking for Plementos which is near Zamoul. Please help me. I believe she was from Slovonia. Family name was Medved. First name Stanislava.
Thank you to Ljilana Lesic and Miro Caic for putting this site together. Both my parents were born in Croatia, and came to Canada about 25 years ago. My Tata is from the Bosiljevo area, and my mama is near by in Grabrk...if anyone wants to talk to me, just email me!
What a fantastic informative site! Both my parents Joze and Katica Filipcic (mother nee Pusic) were born in Bosiljevo, now living in New Zealand. My brothers, Zlatko & Emil and I were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to holiday in Bosiljevo many many times and have lots of wonderful memories spent with the local teenagers over the long hot summers. Well done Igor and congratulations on a fabulous site! Love to all!!
My father was John(Janko) Spelic who immigrated to this country in 1909. He settled in Dollar Bay,Mi(Houghton County)in the U.S.A.He had a sister Mary and a sister or half sister Katherine(Kata) who also lived in this country. Kata moved back after her retirement. I am his third from youngest child. I am an aunt to Becky Gustafson who also has a message posted.
When I first emailed Miro, I thought I was excited about my family tree. However, reading everything in this web site and emailing Christine K. has made me want to visit even more if possibile. A fantastic site...Thank you! Any Spelic's from Glavic feel free to email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
What a treasure trove - I have copied all of this for my dad, who is retired and has been trying to do Liposcak geneology. Interesting to see the posting from another US descendant who said his parents would not talk about the "old world" - that was the story I heard. Makes it all the more intriguing!
My grandfather was one of three Bennich (Benic?) brothers who emigrated from Croatia to the United States in the 19th Century and became important pioneers in the San Diego area of California State. Samuel was older by eight years than my grandfather, Marco, and Spiro was the youngest brother. The book, "Yugoslavs of the Wild West," states that Marco Bennich was 25 and Samuel Bennich was 33 in the 1880 Census. My grandfather spoke Croatian and said that he came from Dubrovnik. Your website is the first mention I've seen of a "Benic" surname. I am interested in finding out our true surname, learning where in Croatia the brothers emigrated from, and discovering any past or present relatives from Croatia, the U.S or elsewhere. I'd appreciate any information or help you might provide. Thank you.
Stranice su dobre,ali zasto ne izbacite onog sto place za
JUGOSRAMIJOM?[Znam sto sam napisao]Nemojte dozvoliti da na ime otvorenosti banda ponovo uvlaci svoje prljave pipke u
lijepu nasu.Srdacan pozdrav najljepsoj zemlji na svijetu
jedinoj domovini Hrvatskoj Miro Gal
LOOKING FOR ROOTS OF MY NAME,MICHEAL KOSTURICK/KOSTURJAK MARRIED MARY SARDULA IN OLSINKOV SLOVAKIA, CARPATHO-RUSYN? GREEK ORTHODOX SLOVAK,CROATION RUSSIAN? WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT KOSTUR ,KOST,KOS,MEANS OR STANDS FOR.SINCERLY ANDREW KOSTURICK CARPATHO-RUSYN? GRAND FATHER MICHEAL KOSTURICK MARRIED MARY SARDULA IN SLOVAKIA VILLAGE OF OLSINKOV MOVED TO PITTSBURG PA. USA
MY MOTHER WAS BORN IN BOSILJEVO SELO VAROS. MY GRANDPARENTS ARE MARICA AND STJEPAN VEDAIC (BOSILJEVACKI ZVONAR). I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I LOVE CROATIA AND I GO THERE OFTEN!!!! I LOVE THE PEOPLE AND THE BEAUTIFUL LAND! I WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY TO SEE THIS SITE!!!!!!! FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME IF YOU'D LIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BYE BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
l was born in zaumol a village between lukovdol and plemenitas and we are not far from bosiljevo we here in omaha have many people with the name of bosiljavac whose grandparents imigrated from that town.
Great site! My Grandfather Marko Gasparovic was born in McKeesport, PA. His parents, Marko Gasparovic and Maria Blazic were born in Bosiljevo. I was interested to see others mention McKeesport. I'm hoping to learn more about our family through this site.
Check out www.ellisislandrecords.org if you are looking for information when your ancestor entered the U.S. I have found several of them, but I caution you--the spelling of names and places is sometimes challenging. For instance, Bosiljevo is spelled various ways..Basijlvo, Bosilwo, etc. Some listed their residence as the actual hamlet they came from rather than Bosiljevo, so watch for that too. Country is also listed under several (given the nature of the politics at the time)origins. You will find Austria, Hungary (or both), Kroatia, and in later years, Jugoslavia. The site is very busy. I had the best luck at 3:00 a.m. (California time). Unfortunately I have been unable to pull up a ship's manifest yet, but the information I have gathered so far has been fascinating.
One set of grandparents were Emery Stokan & Frances Galinac Stoken from Jasco/Jaskovo/Vivodina Croatia. The other grandparents were Anton Papez/Papesh and Mary Spehar. Anton Papez came from what is now Brodna Kotar Croatia. John/Ivan Spehar and Katia Zagar Spehar came from Vinica Slovenia.
My grandparents names were John Spahic and Anna Erdelac/Erdeljac. They came from Croatia to PA around 1913 and later moved to Lorain Ohio. All I know is that they were from a village of the same name - this website has given me more information than I ever had about where they were possible from..I hope to find more about their relatives, if any are still there.
Hi there. Wow I didn't realize I was so connected. Maybe I should run for President next term...*smiles.
On a serious note... I am 58 & the Son Of John Brnjas & Mathilda Glad (Unfortunately both deceased now). I have a daughter Johanna (27) living in California & 2 sons Vinny (21) & Johnny (18) both living with me. Unfortunately I am divorced at this time. My EX is from the Philippines.
For your Information I still have 2 uncles living.. George Glad (Living in Aliquippa, Pa) & Chuck Glad (Living in Florida) a sister Johanna Conkle living in Beaver, Pa. and she has 2 children Francis & Yanna.
I'm certainly glad to have found this site..Thanks Christine..!!
It's absolutely fantastic to see such detailed information on the history, the families and the recent news in Bosiljevo. My parents are both from Bosiljevo; Joseph Matesic and Anna Rendulic. I'm very happy and proud to have visited Bosiljevo a few times and to have been in the homes where my parents were born. We have family in Ontario; I'll mention this site to them. I'm sure I'll be visiting again! Thank you for your effort and dedication to this site.
i was born and grew up in small village spahici #1 went to school bosanci and later bosiljevo came to canada 1969 in hamilton ontario. bosiljevo was place to hang around in my teenager years.thanks bosiljevo
I am searching for descendants of the LOVASZ family originally fron Doroszlo and Szonta, Hungary who have moved to Croatia. If you have any connection, please email to email@example.com. Thank you, Dennis Lovas
Your website is a wonderful place to visit..I enjoyed the history of the country and the beautiful discriptions. I am searching for relatives of my Grandmother Theodora (Dora) Baric..daughter of Joseph Baric and Barbara Jarvevic? Thank you Fr. Bob Lubic for directing me to this website.
Thank you for having the wonderful tips and helpful information you have made available. I'm trying to find my STOKEN ancestry from the US back to Croatia. My ggpa Matte STOKEN left Croatia about 1888, we think. He and my ggma Frances POLICH were married in Hreljin prior to his coming to America. He worked the Butte, Montana mines for 22 1/2 years, then moved to Lincoln County, Montana. I have found the STOKAN/STOKEN name and think the Bosiljevo area may be the area he was from.
Searching for info on my maiden name -Chukinas-or my mom's maiden name-Gushanas. A wonderful site! I grew up in Northeast PA, in a small town called Luzerne. The men in the family were anthracite coal miners. Any link to that area would be appreciated.
My grandmother recently passed away. My greatgrandparents came over from Croatia between WW I and WW II and settled in Steelton, Pa. The only info I have is that their last name was Kirin. My grandmothers first name was Katherine. Unfortunately that is all the info I have.
Great Site!! My grand-father, John Vidakovic, came to New Orleans from Herceg Novi circa 1840, and I'm having an impossible time getting any info beyond that. Would appreciate any info anyone might have from that region.
My wife's family name is "vukovcan" and they hailed from Bosiljevo during the late 1800's, arriving in either McKeesport, PA or Butte, Montana. Her paternal grandmother was Mary Cepuran, possibly from Bosiljevo. Thanks!
Rick and Beverly Vidacovich
I have just stumbled onto this website. My parents come from Bosiljevo. My father Franjo from Rendulici and my mother Franca Jarnevic from Strgari. My father was proud to be a Bosiljevac and held in esteem all the other people from that part of Hrvatska. I am looking forward to make use of the genealogy resource. My paternal grandfather was Josip Rendulic and my grandmother was Anna Radinovic. My maternal grandfather was Miho Jarnevic and my grandmother was Kate Radinovic, no relation to the above. Both my grandfathers worked for a time in western Pennsylvannia. My father and his two brothers Janko and Stefan emigrated to Shumacher, Ontario ,Canada in the late twenties. My mother followed soon after and I was born shortly thereafter. I have added this website to my favourites.
I HAVE JUST RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT MY GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM CROATIA. MY GRANDFATHER, METRO GREYNO, POSSIBLY CHANGED HIS LAST NAME. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS MARY MEKELCHEK, UNKNOWN IF THE SPELLING OF HER LAST NAME IS CORRECT. I AM TRYING TO FIND ANY POSSIBLE RELATIVES IN CROATIA.
My grandmother's name on her birth certificate, NewOrleans 1871, is Marie Eva Maestral. There was a "Mastral" listed in New Orleans at that time. He had supplied necessities for Maxmillian during the war with Mexico. Research shows that Maxmillian was in the Austria/Croatia area before going to Mexico. Maybe Maestral was with him and came to this country or Mexico at the same time. When searching webs all that comes up is the links to Croatia. Does anyone know if Maestral is a common name in that area? My gr-mother gave a copy of her birth certificate and two photos of her "real father" to my mother shortly before she died. That was the first anyone knew of the Maestral name. We are guessing the spelling change was just a drop of the "e". Appreciate any suggestions or information about the name!
I am searching for my family roots!!!!! My grandfather came to America in the late teens or early 1920's from Zagreb?? His name is Luvro Cavrak. He married Anna Mogus. His first born Zora, I think was born in Croatia. Any help would greatly be appreciated!!!
I am interested in my family roots from the are Biscan, Rendulici, Stokan, Korenic, Gracan. My Grandmother is baried at the church. I visited the church in 1978 with my parents when I was in the militay and would like to come back again in 2001. I have a Relatives Filipcic in the area I am trying to contact. Thank you and God Bless you. Ken
It´s so great to read all those messages written by people that all have a connection to this "malo selo Bosiljevo". my father is born in STRGARI...but we remainde the one and only family with that surname. maybe tere is somebody out there....regards to all of you from Germany!
How interesting to find this site. I was born in the hamlet of Spehare (in 1968 and immigrated to Oakville, Ontario in 1973) which I beleive is presently under the jurisdiction of Bosiljevo. My mom was born in Gorince. Anyone out there related. Any other Spehars out there?
Have been trying to find the names of parents (and any other relatives) of IVAN BOSNJAK who came to America in 1896 from STRGARI. He settled in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Also any information about his sister KATA who later moved to Ontario, Canada.
What a wonderful surprise to find this site!!!
Mr. Ray Sestek,
Thank you for your work in putting this page out. It's the best I've seen on Croatian genealogy. I've e-mailed Mr Caic and asked for any info on my father's family. I tried to write in Croatian but it's so bad I hope he reads the english that I followed with. Best wishes.
Growing up with such a strange surname here in the USA, it was a blast to learn that Katkic is one of the surnames listed in Bosiljevo. What my family once thought to be uncommon is becoming quite a enlightening experience as I find more and more Katkic family tree members!
Thanks for the update Tim. The problem we face is that most browsers are not configured with a European character set, and unable to "see" the diacritics. I could set up a character replacement table, but instead am planning to scan the pages and re-post as .jpg (picture) files. That will allow everyone to view the correct diacritics. Thanks for the input. Ray
Under the list of surnames, you have "Laslavic". That's the way it is spelled in Bosiljevo...except that there the "c" at the end has an accent which makes it pronounce with the "ch" sound. I mention this because, although my Grandfather kept the traditional spelling, my Grandfather had a Brother (who lived in Butte, Montana) who used the spelling "Laslovich" (which is, sort of, the way it is pronounced in the old country). I've located a number of other American families using the spelling "Laslovich" whose roots I've been able to trace directly to Bosiljevo. I don't know how/if you want to handle this, but you might want to add "Laslovich" (perhaps with an asterisk) to your list of Bosiljevo surnames.
My family on my father's side comes from Orisje, Bosiljevo. My grandmother and uncle and aunt currently reside in Orisje. My grandfather was Josip Katkic. Excellent site esp. the number of people currently living in Bosiljevo.
... Bosiljevo moje ...
Well, I finally found some time to spare to leave a message on a site that is dear to my heart. My parents are from the malo selo of Bosiljevo ... my father from Varos (Klasnic) and my mother from Fratovci (Pilimini) ... I've been to Cro twice and I'm very much looking forward to going back in the very near future!!
I`m working on my family tree.Your new web site mriht help
me in finding my Great Graet Grandfather Nicholas Cepuran
and his wefi.Were live they in the village of Pribanjci,province
of Bosiljevo,township of Karlovac.
I am searching for the history of Ivan Mose and his forbears. Ivan Mose was born 21 August 1888 in Podrebar, house #10, and came to the US in August 1901. His name was subsequently anglicized to John Charles Mosher. He and his wife Franca Dojcic, also from Bosiljevo, settled in McKeesport, PA. Any information would be appreciated!! :-)
I am very happy and surprised to see this site. Thank you. I am researching the names of Cepuran and Fabic and also Jankovic. How can I obtain church records from Croatia and what is the cost? I would like to also find out more about the history of the region. Again, thank you.
I am the great-grandaughter of Petar Josip Brnja and Marija Katrina Bukovac from Bosiljevo. They immigrated to the U.S. at the turn of the century and subsequently settled first in Camas Prairie, Montana and ultimately in Anaconda. Petar changed his name to Peter Berness. While in Bosiljevo, Petar lived at House #8 Liposcak and Marija was from Skoblic Brdo. I have quite a bit of information on this family and would love to share any information with others who may be related. I would also like to thank Miro Caic who has played a big part in helping learn who my ancestors are. In addition, I would also like to thank Ray Sestak for posting this site.