Posted By:Robert Jerin
Subject:Re: where did he write this . . .
Post Date:November 11, 2009 at 04:00:29
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Forum:Montenegro Genealogy Forum
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This village is located in the Lika region of Croatia. In past history this area was set up as a borderland between Turkish occupied Europe and that area controlled by Austria. When the Austrians set up this military borderland, they allowed refugees from Bosnia and Serbia, as well as Austrian Germans and native Croatians to become granicari (border guards) they paid no taxes and were given small plots of land and lived as "freemen". At Present Biskupija (sounds like beeskoopeeyah) is over 90% Serb ethnicity, total population 993. The word Biskup means bishop

In one message Roko (from Croatia) thought that Vaso sounded Serb. Most likely

he was of Serb descent, as this village is near Knin and has or had an Orthodox Church.

As far as Church records you can order and rent (about $5) parish records (which will be written in Serbian Cyrillic) they include

Note Location
Rođeni 1813-1837 VAULT INTL Film
2010409 Item 9

Rođeni 1836-1855 VAULT INTL Film
2010410 Item 1

Rođeni 1825-1849 VAULT INTL Film
2010410 Items 2-4

Rođeni 1849-1904 VAULT INTL Film
2040233 Items 3-5

Vjenčani 1810-1855, 1825-1859 VAULT INTL Film
2010410 Items 5-8

Vjenčani 1860-1879, 1857-1867 VAULT INTL Film
2040233 Item 6

Vjenčani 1867-1882 VAULT INTL Film
2040234 Item 1

Vjenčani 1880-1924 VAULT INTL Film
2040234 Item 2

Umrli 1825-1849 VAULT INTL Film
2010410 Items 9-11

Umrli 1849-1908 VAULT INTL Film
2040234 Items 3-5

Rodeni = birth
vjencani = marriage
umrli = death

About Biskupija from Croatian tourism web page

Biskupija near Knin

The shrine of Our Lady of Biskupija, or St. Mary of Croatia, is situated in the village of Biskupija, 5 km southeast of Knin, the former church and cultural centre of the Croatian state in the Middle Ages. Archaeologists have discovered the foundations of five churches in that village, dating from the period of Croatian rulers from the 9th to the 11th century. St Mary's church was the residence of the Bishop of Knin, who was Bishop of Croatia from 1040 to 1522. The earliest known figure of Our Lady in Croatian art was discovered by archaeologists in that same church on a part of the stone partition wall, which separated the shrine from the church nave. It is still venerated as Our Lady of the Great Croatian Vow. Today, on the foundations of the old Croatian church of the same name there stands a memorial church, decorated between 1937 and 1938 according to the designs of Croatia’s most famous sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic. The church is a single-nave building (16 x 8.4 m) with a square niche for the altar, and a 12.5 metre-tall steeple before it. Ivan Mestrovic also created the statue of Our Lady, depicting a Mother wearing a folk costume from Dalmatian Zagora, with a child on her lap, and who is writing the book of life. Regrettably, however, the statue was destroyed by Serbian extremists. Above the niche containing the main altar the renowned Croatian artist, Jozo Kljakovic, painted the fresco "King Zvonimir holding Court", which was also riddled by bullets fired by Serbian extremists. The church was thoroughly refurbished in 1966, when Mestrovic's statue was restored. Since then, the main pilgrimage occurs on the last Sunday in September, when the Holy Virgin’s name is honoured. The church was once again destroyed during the Croatian War of Independence, and now awaits rebuilding.

Here is a link to the pic of the village

Lakes in the area

And one to the remains of the old church mentioned above

And a nearby Orthodox Church

This is a very historic area and not far from the world renowned Plitvica Lakes (as seen on PBS TV, Land of the Falling Lakes) I am taking a tour group in October 2010 and we will visit Plitvica