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Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Croatia include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1516
- Civil transcripts of registers were mandated during the 19th century.
- Military and civil census records. The first military census was carried out in 1785. A civil census was conducted in 1804/05. Regular censuses were conducted in 1857, 1869, and every 10 years from 1880 to 1910.
- Church directories. Roman Catholic parishes kept registers earlier than Orthodox parishes which were required to keep them only after 1777. Croats are almost exclusively Roman Catholic and Serbs are Orthodox.
- Emigration records were kept as early as 1904.
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1500s to the present
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded since early 1900s
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas