Village of Hrastovac



Welcome to the web pages of the Danube Swabian village of HRASTOVAC, also known under its German name of EICHENDORF. Hrastovac was a thriving village during the period of  its original ethnic German inhabitants and deserves to have its memory kept alive.

Hrastovac was established in 1865 by the sons and daughters of the Danube Swabian settlers in the Swabian Turkey, the counties  Baranya, Tolna and Somogy in what is today Hungary but back in 1865 was still the Austrian Empire, which two years later became Austro-Hungary. Those Danube Swabians were descendants of the brave Pioneers who arrived after the Turks were expelled from the Pannonian Plain in 1688 from diverse Germanic areas and transformed the swamps, deserts and thick forest they found into the bread basket of Western Europe.

Their descendants spread as of 1865 down to Slavonia and established what later became the vibrant village of Hrastovac and many of its surrounding communities. Their story and the story of their ancestors is written on these pages for you. 

Only a few years ago finding any ancestral information on that  village involved a major undertaking. First the City Hall was telephoned to  find out if the registry books were available and where they were kept. The telephone call was followed with letters to the "maticni ured" (vital registry office) in Garesnica, today's district city hall, then to the archives in  Bjelovar, Osijek and Zagreb, followed by more calls, faxes and e-mails until a break-through was reached.

 For any questions or suggestions please contact me directly.



Rosina T. Schmidt
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