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The clear green waters of Plitvice Lakes   Leave a comment

Posted June 30, 2011 by sharonrm17 in Uncategorized

Just one of the many waterfalls at the Plitvice Lakes   Leave a comment

Posted June 30, 2011 by sharonrm17 in Uncategorized

Plitvice Lakes   Leave a comment

We drove from Split to the Plitvice Lakes near the Bosnian border on Monday, and were able to get a few hours of hiking in early Tuesday morning before heading to Slovenia. Plitvice National Park is a series of cascading lakes with breathtaking waterfalls and clear green water. It was hard not to take a hundred pictures of waterfalls and limestone pools. It was some of the most beautiful natural scenes that we’ve ever encountered.

Posted June 30, 2011 by sharonrm17 in Uncategorized

Sample of Church Birth Records from 1892   Leave a comment

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Sveti Rok — Phil’s Grandparents’ Birthplace   Leave a comment

After leaving Split, we proceeded inland from the Dalmatian Coast to the Lika region and the village of Sveti Rok where Phil’s grandparents were born in the late 1800’s until their immigration into the US in about 1910. Sveti Rok is now mostly known for having the longest tunnel on Croatia’s main A-1 highway — almost 4 miles long. The village itself is pretty spread out — a collection of about 20-30 homes with no “village center” other than the church. Although we were unable to find Phil’s grandparents’ birth homes, we did find the church and cemetery. There were lots of Vrkljan and Budak gravestones. The church was destroyed in the Croatian Homeland War in 1991, and rebuilt in 1999. The next day, we headed to the local county seat archives in Gospic to see if we could find their birth records, which were maintained by the local churches until the Communist takeover in 1945 at the end of WWII Unfortunately, the Sveti Rok church records were not at the archives. In any case, Sveti Rok is located in a beautiful area full of rolling hills, forests and meadows.

Posted June 30, 2011 by sharonrm17 in Uncategorized

Phil’s grandparents’ village was Sveti Rok–beautiful countryside   1 comment

Posted June 28, 2011 by sharonrm17 in Uncategorized

Phil’s grandmother was Mary Vrkljan — Nikola must have been someone from her family–born in 1860.   Leave a comment

Posted June 28, 2011 by sharonrm17 in Uncategorized