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    My great grandfather was born in Dalmatia in 1902 and immigrated to US in 1921. I have been told that he never became a US citizen so am trying to find his birth records /. Birth certificate but not sure how. I know his date of birth and his name (though I am not sure if his name I know is his birth Croatian name or an American version) and his parents names and dobs as well.

    anyone know how to get his records?



    Can you write here the name and surname of your grandfather?
    Maybe through his surname we can make a start… And Dalmatia is large area, but nevertheless



    Name is George Frank Zagar – born 04/21/1902 and came to US in 1921 or 1922. Not sure if that was his birth name or an American version of his Croatian name.




    I don’t know where you could obtain the birth records.

    In case you need some more info…
    “George” and “Frank” are obviously English names, I found possible Croatian/Serbian forms of those names:
    Juraj, Jurica, Jure, Đuro, Đorđe, Đorđo, Đukan, Đurađ, Đurđe, Đoko, Đoka, Đuro, Đura
    Franjo, Frane, Frano, Fran, Franja, Francisko

    Name Zagar is a possible cognate with west Slavic Zachar/Zachara/Zachr, although this name is present in so many countries/languages and in so many forms that it’s really problematic to tell the true original name of your great grandfather. However, I found Žagar to be very popular in Slovenia and Croatia according to this site: http://forebears.io/surnames/%C5%BEagar

    EDIT: I think the site doesn’t make a difference between Z and Ž, so it includes Zagar as well.

    EDIT no. 2: I found this map, if that would help…



    Thanks, a google search proves fruitless to find Croatian versions of his name so this will help give me a starting point :-)



    I just saw on the 1940 U.S. Census his birth location was listed as Laustro and native language German but I know through the family that he was born in Dalmatia, maybe that would narrow down to where in Dalmatia he was born? I don’t know the region at all so I have no clue :-|

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