Any information or document worth purchasing that will help you document your family name and past generations will come from the period BEFORE emigrating. Especially if you know the exact place of origin and have established contact with the descendants of the same family.
ERDELJ, ERDELJI, ERDELJAN, ERDELJAC, ERDELJAK and ERDELJANOVIĆ surnames are present among the Serbs that originated from their settling in what is today Romania during XV and XVI century - one of its regions is in Hungarian language called *Erdely* . These families and the surnames spread later through further migrations in XVII, XVIII and XIX century all over former Yugoslavia .
Do you know the name of the village you visited in Croatia?
ERDELJ family is found in the records of the Serbian Trade Association "Privrednik":
About Privrednik and its online database:
You have relatives who were relocated after the WWII from Croatia to Vojvodina province of Serbia :
I have to contact Serbian Orthodox Church and the Eparchy of Upper-Karlovac in Croatia to see which parish records - if any - among those available now online have your ancestors in them.
-general research advice for ethnic Serbs who emigrated from Austria-Hungary :
-make sure anything posted on the internet by anyone about your ancestors and surname that you can find in English language is backed with original period records and citations :
"Rodoslovlje" Serbian Genealogy Society
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