Lookups Guide:Robin Grube
-No Family book or
Ortsippenbuch exist for this town. I have access
to the 4 FHL microfilms and I will to do lookups
if someone knows a particular year. There
are approximately 300 births and 300 deaths for
every year (for about 50 years of records
available). Please do not request a lookup
without a year.
This map shows the
outlying villages around Djakovo. Note: If a village name begins with Djakovacki it
means that is found near the cathedral town of Diakowar/Djakovo, in the area called
Slavonia. This is not the current country of Slovenia. Villages underlined in yellow
represent places that had 20-30% German population in 1921.Orange represents 30-40%
German. Deeper orange means an even higher concentration of Donauschwabens, and a red
village connotes one that is 95% or more German. 1921 is not necessarily the year that
had the highest numbers of Germans versus Slavic Croats, Serbs, Hungarians, and Russians
who are mentioned in the chart.
This is a very old Campement map of
Iacowar (Djakovo/Diakovarrajz) dated 9 October 1697. When
the Austrians first came to look at the situation after the
Turks had left, there were 6 minarets in the town!
See them in the picture? One of them became the
"parish church" where my grandmother and all the other
Donauschwaben were baptized in the 19th century. (R. Grube)
Post card from Diakovar, "Late 19th century "Gruss Aus..."
Card from the Marcovcic collection.
Cathedral in Djakova. Then and now. The spires of
the cathedral seen in the
early 20th century postcard and in a recent photo by S. Lekšić
All-Saints parish church of Djakovo. During the Turkish
occupation, this church became a mosque, but was re-established as a Catholic
church in the 1700's. In 1819 a bell tower was added. It suffered
damage in an earthquake in 1884. The interior painting as shown was
re-done in 1989, but in the style that was already there. Since there is
now a 19th century cathedral in town, the rites of baptism, marriage, and mass
are no longer conducted in this building. But during the 19th century,
when the town was approximately 20% Donauschwaben, this church was very
important to our ancestors.