are my Ancestors?
did my ancestors come from?
are questions that all of us ask
sometime in our lives.
interested in my family ancestry
after receiving a family tree of the
Sekura Family of Sokolovac, Croatia,
my birthplace. I remember finding
someone with our last name in this
family tree. I asked my father if we
were related and his answer was no.
An unusual last name in a small
village not being related seemed odd
to me. I set out to find the answer
in 2004 when I started looking at
microfilms of church books where
births, marriages, and deaths were
recorded. These microfilms can be
found at the LDS Family History
Library in Salt Lake City, Utah,
USA. I started out recording
information for my family but soon
switched to recording all
information found for the village of
Sokolovac, Croatia. Later I added
research on about 20 villages in
this area of Croatia. The people
that one can find family history on
in this web site are primarily
ethnic Germans. They came to this
area of Croatia, starting about
1860. Most of these people came to
Croatia from Hungary or from an area
in Europe that is now in the Czech
Republic. The Hungarian ethnic
Germans can be traced back to the
mid 1700 in various church books. No
filmed church records have been
found for the Czech Republic.