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281. Naomi Braff 
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Sunday, 2 April 2017 11:32 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Thanks for the wonderful information provided about the Peutinger Table. I used it for thesis research

280. Ryan Faraguna 
Sydney, Australia
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Hello and thank you for this resource! My Nono was from Porto Albano (Now Rabac, Croatia) and I always assumed I was Italian.

I would love to know more about my surname/heritage. Can you tell me where I can get this book?

Thank you!

279. Anita Grskovich 
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Hello, Thank you for this informative website. My father's family is from Pola, surname is: GRSKOVICH. I have found out that my grandparents were originally from Krk. I'm on here to learn the history of Krk and Pola and understand what my father and his family went through. I'm confused as to why my fathers surname does not appear in the list of surnames for Pula? Apart from that i hope to find more relatives for my family tree,

278. Lindy Schaefer 
Sydney Australia
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Hi. I'm new to this website but wow. It's great reading people's comments in Istrian, ma mi lo ciamo Triestin. I would love to be in contact with anyone with relatives from Portole (Oprtalj) in Croatia.
Altho' the church records were destroyed during WW2, a copy was sent to the Bishopric of the area. Could be Pazin? Can anyone help me with this contact information?
Also, my grandfather was born in Poljane, parish Podgrad, Slovenia. The township of Poljane is all but consumed by time. I think only 5 houses are still occupied and the rest are crumbling. Does anyone have any old pictures showing Poljane in better days?
Finally, I'm after any info or fotos of the school or surrounding areas my mother went to. She went to elementary school at San Bortolo, which doesn't appear on any maps now. It was a tiny hamlet at the foot of the hills under Parezago, not far from Piran. Does anyone have any fotos of the old main town of Parezago? The buildings are gone now but my mum lived in one of them along the main road.
Great site. Thank you

277. william mihailovich 
New york
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 17:00 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Information for the community at large. My mother Elsa (Cvecich) Mihailovich, who was born in Susnjevica (Valdarsa) in 1927 just passed away yesterday. Visitation arrangements have not been completed as yet but I can share if anyone is interested.

276. edoardo 
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desidero augurare a tutti quanti un 2017 guidato dalla Luce.

Mi farebbe piacere poter ricevere informazioni sulla famiglia Marinoni-Sotte de Sumberaz di San Domenico di Albona - Pola. Mio nonno era Antonio Sotte de Sumberaz e mia nonna Elisabetta Marinoni.

Se avete notizie potete scrivere a

I would like to receive information on the family Sotte-Marinoni- of San Domenico di Albona - Pula. My grandfather was Antonio Sotte de Sumberaz and my grandmother Elisabetta Marinoni.

If you have news please email

275. Giorgio Maraston 
Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Saturday, 31 December 2016 12:00 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Vorrei poter aver informazioni relative all'origine dei miei genitori MELADOSSI DARIA, nata a Parenzo (05 Marzo 1924) e MARASTON GIOVANNI, nato a Vizinada (29 Maggio 1921).
Grazia e distinti saluti

274. Mia 
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Sferco and Frezza family from Sissano - please any information - email. Thanks and regards

273. Grace Balduzzi DiAngelo (Grazia Maria Balduzzi) 
Drexel Hill, PA
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Hello, my father, Paolo Balduzzi was from Trieste and my mother Licia Ramani (Rasman) was from Capodistria. I was wondering if any one knows either family, I would like to fill in the blank spaces, I have a few names, but like to know more. My maternal grandfather was a baker his name was Pietro Ramani (Rasman) and my maternal grandmother was Emilia Toss Ramani and my paternal grandfather Ettore Balduzzi (deBalduzzi) and paternal grandmother was Carla Visintin Balduzzi. I know my grandmother Carla was from Visinada, Austria. If anyone one information please send me an email.

Thank you, Grace

272. Lou Ann Cettina 
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My father is Frank Cettina (born 1923)and grandparents are Francesco Cettina (7/25/1897) and Antonia Penso (1/8/1898), both from Lussin.

271. claudia 
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Saturday, 28 May 2016 19:04 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

i want to know Gustin parents in Croacia.

270. Giovanni Scarabelli Braini 
Modena, Italy
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Saturday, 28 May 2016 09:47 IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

Passo solo per salutare e mostrare il mio supporto, purtroppo posso contribuire poco e per ora più che altro guardo, mi informo,imparo, essendo io nato nelle comodità dell'Italia degli anni 80 e non avendo vissuto quello che purtroppo i miei nonni e genitori non hanno potuto raccontarmi a fondo, chi troppo vecchio, chi troppo giovane.

Ho avuto il mio primo contatto con l'esistenza delle comunità Istriane nel mondo grazie all'ospitalità e dedizione che il presidente Guido Braini mostrò a me e alla mia famiglia durante una nostra vacanza a Toronto nel 2006, ci ha fatto sentire sia a casa che parte di un popolo con una storia. E approfitto anche per ringraziare lui in particolare.

Giovanni Scarabelli, nipote di Armando Braini (Koper)

269. Gordana J Grzentic 
Melbourne, Australia
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016 23:51 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Ghersetti <> Ghersentich <> Grzentic from Oslići(Monti). Now all in Melbourne, Australia.

My father knew himself as Stjepan 'Steve' Grzentic. Found out late in life that he was born Stefano Ghersetti of Oslići 18,52402 Oslići, 1.1.1935, from birth certificate. Documents also had spelling changes of Ghersentich.

First Ghersetti in Oslići was his father, Paulo born Oct 4 1905 at 12 Benćići(Monti) who married Franćesca Krivičič of Oslići.

There are no more Ghersetti or Grzentic in Oslići, as father and then his brother, Ernesto, migrated to Melbourne, Australia. Family graves tend to be for now at Keilor Cemetery, Melbourne.

Wonderful site to look up name changes through history & ones genealogy.

Thank You & Regards
Gordana Grzentic

Gordana J Grzentic Send E-mail Thursday, 2 June 2016 05:05
We have or had, family graves in the ancient city of Hum.
Regards Gordana

anton Send E-mail Wednesday, 13 July 2016 10:46
Gordana, your ancestors on the grandfather's side were buried in Hum because Benčići belong to the parish of Hum.Oslići, on the other hand, belong to the parish of Draguć. The surname Gržentić one can find in the Hum's parish records some four centuries ago. Maybe you know all this, I still wanted to mention it.

Moderator Send E-mail Wednesday, 13 July 2016 21:00
Gordana, as you probably already discovered, there is a page on Hum / Colmo, as well as Draguc / Draguccio, in the genealogy section of that shows the dual spellings of Istrian surnames as they were published in an unofficial 1945 study, as noted. The data shown was mainly derived from church records, but many of the spellings were only converted into Serbo-Croatian years after the end of World War II. Before World War I, there were still other spellings and/or conversion of surnames many times over. This is a sad part of Istrian history.

268. marian 
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Friday, 29 April 2016 00:02 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Pozdrav svim Istrijanima.

267. Odoni Giulio 
Saonara, Padova, Italy
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:55 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

(267) Va per el ciel, de qua e de là girando,
un tochetin de luna
e, tra le frasche,
fis'ceta un rusignol 'na serenada.
S'colto in silenzio e guardo,
posà sula finestra,
le stele lusigar nel scuro
mar de la note
e col pensier ghe mando
al tochetin de luna
'na preghiera:
" Quando doman, in viagio,
ti rivarà sul mio paese,
carezime, te prego,
la cesa, el campanil,
la mia caseta.
Fermite un momentin,
solo un momento,
sora le tombe
del vecio cimitero e
basa una per una
le lapide e le crose
e dighe ai Morti, dighe
luna, te prego,
che no dimentichemo. "

Bepi Nider

Elsa DeLuca Send E-mail Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:23
These words are so beautiful and touching. I think of my nonni. Thank you.

francesca romana nider Send E-mail Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:49
Questa poesia e' di mio nonno Bepi, e mi commuove sempre tantissimo l'ultimo verso.
Non apro questo sito da tanti anni e proprio oggi ritrovo nonno nei messaggi di altri, che non dimenticano.
Grazie e vi auguro serenita' nei ricordi,
francesca romana

266. Nancy Boldt 
New Jersey
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Monday, 28 March 2016 14:58 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I have a beautiful painting which belonged to my grandparents signed Nicolich. I would like to know if anyone has heard of this artist (early 20th century). The painting depicts a simple country scene, possibly Lussinpiccolo/Mali Losinj, where my grandparents lived.

265. Giorgio Visintin 
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My father Pino Visintin from Grisignana
worked in the twenties in a bakery with
CARLO GATNIK.This went illegally to N.Y in 1930;lived in a loft in Bronx, tasting and working hard made own family,and shop.
His sons have today a chain of sweetshops.
Pino & Carlo are both dead,I am also 84, but during removal I found a lot of young photos of both;would like to present them to descendants.WHO CAN HELP ME?

264. Graziella Dumicich 
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Thursday, 24 December 2015 08:19 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo 2016 a tutti
gli Istriani nel mondo!!
Tony & Graziella Dumicich
Tampa, Fl.

263. susanna bonetti 
melbourne Australia
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Hi , I am trying to find relatives to the following families: Bonetti Petruis, Maria Vascotto and Maria sinvovich.

262. anthony Pataj (pattay) 
North Babylon
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My Uncle Benjamin Pataj (pattay) worked for the cunard shipping line and resided on the West side of Manhattan above the EL Faro restaurant. He passed away while employed by the shipping line as an oiler there and I am looking for anyone who knew him or may of heard of him in conversation. He is buried in Union New Jersey

261. Deb 
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My grandmother had 3 other siblings. They lived in the same house and over the years the borders changed. She considered herself Austrian, one sibling Italian, one German and one Jugoslavian all born and living in the same house with a changing border.
Anyone from her town of Jelsane? Last name was Slosar.

260. Paul Fabijanic 
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Grew up in New York City, 550 West 50 Street. Attempting to reach Mary or Catherine Nacinovich, who grew up at 417 West 19 Street, New York City during 1940 and 1960.

259. Elisabet Micolaucih 
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Actually... is there anybody called
MICOLAVCIC in Istria?... My grandfather was born in BUZET !!... Maybe I have family there...
Please, write me!!!!!!!
Special greetings to all of ISTRIA. Bye

258. Adela Barišič 
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(258) I was born in Pula, Croatia and came to Australia when I was 8 with my parents.
I love my Country and Pula and want to stay in touch with my roots and culture.
If there are other people in Australia from Pula who would like to keep in touch and be friends, that would be nice.

Ja jos govorim nasi jezik i volila bi da nadem ljude sa kojim mogu da govorim na nasi jezik.

257. Fulvio Muggia 
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Vi faccio i miei complimenti per il sito e vi auguro buon proseguimento. La mia famiglia viene da Rovigno.

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