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Diakowar / Dakovo | Osijek-Baranja County | Northeastern Croatia

Diakowar (German)
Diakovár / Diakovar

Đakovo / Dakovo, Croatia (Official)

Located in Osijek-Baranja County, southwest of Osijek and southeast of Našice.

Diocese seat of Dakovo and Srijem, has a cathedral, population 25,000

Village Coordinator: Robin Grube

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.

"Genocide Carried out by the Tito Partisans" Chapter Four Syrem, Slavonia, Baranya:
The Cauldron - Translated by Henry Fischer:
Slavonia: Esseg-Josipowatz  | Valpovo | Djakovo | Pisanitza

List of Urban Communities within Đakovo

  • Budrovci

  • Đakovo

  • Đurđanci

  • Ivanovci Gorjanski

  • Kondrić

  • Kuševac

  • Novi Perkovci

  • Piškorevci

  • Selci Đakovački

  • Široko Polje

  • Trnava

Click Image to Enlarge   Diakowar Area Map

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.

Population Chart in 1921


  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. ©2003 Donauschwaben Villages Helping Hands, a Non-profit Corporation.
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