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Re: Macedonian Archives

Posted: 1340717613000
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Edited: 1340718758000
What do you mean by * gotten access * exactly?

Vital records can only be researched in the archives in Macedonia and although I have not been there to research them I organized and helped someone send an official request for information and get all the permissions to research issued - information from vital and other state records ( school records, land ownership records) is subject to laws of protection of privacy and data, and there are additional permissions to be obtained if someone is not a citizen of Macedonia.

In former Yugoslavia to obtain information from state archives:

-You must send the state archive an official request ( these official forms in native language are available for almost all of the archives in the region online) , you must pay local administrative taxes and cost of a look up if the archive offers that as a service, you must provide if needed documents and official translation of documents in foreign language in order to obtain permission to get information from vital records at all (like proof that you are a descendant).

-If the archive does not have the service of researching on your behalf you can either travel there or hire a local researcher. In some archives you will have to make an official authorization for the hired researcher and have it stamped in the court as legal document.

- be careful with that and hire only someone who will know how to research the people from the same ethnic group like your ancestors best - there were many ethnic groups in Macedonia and the familiarity with records and knowledge of the exact archival sources in which to look for information is essential . The sources and records for different ethnic groups will differ in more than just the language or religion ( Macedonians, Serbs, Albanians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Aromanians, Turks, Jewish people all lived and emigrated from Macedonia).

- If you are hiring - try to negotiate a fixed fee with a researcher because often the work in the archive - if the researcher is not a sloppy money-grabbing person ignorant of any other relevant source of information except the vital records - takes days when the research includes all records available and tracking down a single family line in them.

My recommendation is to hire people like journalists or people who have published articles and heritage books on the family/ community that your ancestors hailed from.

State Archive of Macedonia catalog of archival holdings:

- click on *Фондови и збирки*

and then click on *Водич - Централен дел*

to see the full listing of their holdings.

From what I can see there are miles of original vital records, school records, military records, land registers available for research - but not via :))))

contact them and ask about research requirements and possibilities:


"Државен архив на Република Македонија"
ул. Григор Прличев бр.3
1000 Скопје
Република Македонија

tel.: +389 2 3115 783
fax :+389 2 3165 944

email :

Also you should familiarize yourself with Macedonian language and its Cyrillic script if you are to continue to research only via the internet - one of the few sources of information available online are state digital libraries which have old newspapers, almanacs...

Digital library of Macedonia:

Macedonian language:

"Rodoslovlje" Serbian Genealogy Society
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