I am trying to find George William Brown b. 1847, Dalmatia, Austria

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George's Father was Lucas and mother Madelaine (maiden Name undecipherable. The name BROWN may have been spelt the Austrian way which may have been BRAUN,

I am desperate for help. Thank you in advance,

Shyrlee Roberts
in Genealogy Help by Shyrlee Roberts G2G Rookie (280 points)
recategorized by Keith Hathaway

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William George Brown

Birth:  1847
Death:  1924
Katanning Shire
Western Australia, Australia
William G Brown and Charlotte L. nee harris, parent's of Adeline Matilda may, Andrew Leslie Finis, Charlotte Letitia Mary,Eleanor Henrietta Pearl, Lizzie Agnes Alma and Olivia Elvia Josephine Brown 
Family links: 
  Charlotte Letitia Harris Brown (1854 - 1937)*
  Alice Elizabeth Francis Brown Perry (1878 - 1911)*
  Eleanor Henrietta Pearl Brown Bunce (1893 - 1960)*
  Andrew Leslie Finis Brown (1898 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
Arthur River Anglican Cemetery 
Arthur River
West Arthur Shire
Western Australia, Australia
Created by: Kathy A
Record added: Nov 04, 2016 
Find A Grave Memorial# 172224968
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
William George Brown
Added by: Kathy A
William George Brown
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Added by: aussiegenealogy
Sorry but this is not my George William BROWN. Mine was married to Anastasia DINGWALL 1885 in New Zealand. George died whilst working in Colac, Polwarth, Victoria, Australia 1888. They had 1 child also George William b. 1886 in NZ and died the same year. What I would like to find is George's Parents. Lucas and Madelaine (surname undecipherable) .They lived in Dalmatia where George was born.


Shyrlee Roberts

George William Brown

New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes

Name George William Brown
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 1885
Event Place New Zealand
Gender Male
Spouse's Name Anastasia Dingwell
Spouse's Gender Female
Registration Number 1885/3876

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"New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1896," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24K-9591 : accessed 9 October 2017), George William Brown and Anastasia Dingwell, 1885; citing Marriage, New Zealand, New Zealand, Wellington; registration number 1885/3876.

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Dalmatia = todays "Croatia".

The tagging with "Austria" may be correct in a historical context (it belongs to the Austrian Empire between 1718--1805 and 1814-1867 and to the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1867--1918), but I would co-tag it with "Croatia". The parish recordings may be found in Croatia, not in Austria today.

For Croatia, you may look in




but I can not say if those indices on Familysearch are complete.

Are you able to provide a picture of those undecipherable surname of his mother Madelaine?

Beside of that, I think the members of the "Croatian Roots Project" can help better to locate his parents: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Croatian_Roots

by Jochen Oberreiter G2G6 (9.5k points)
edited by Jochen Oberreiter
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I suspect that his name is an anglicised version of the perhaps Croatian or Serbian original. I've tried the Croatian and Serbian translations of 'brown' and they don't find any hits, so his original name is likely to have been something that was easily rendered to 'Brown'.
Try searching that region in FamilySearch using wildcards on both forname and surname (ie. Luca* Br*).
That finds Lucas, but also Luca, Lucam, Lucae - Lucas would be the logical choice for him in NZ from those. Br* finds Bradich (and variations) and Brosn, etc.
I think your best chance of identifying him is to try and interpret his wife's maiden name. Can you send an image? Alternatively can you interpret any letters, you should try searching with wild cards using the letters you can rean and replacing single unknown letters with ? and multiple unknown letters with * - that might come-up with a limited number of possibilities, which might help with the interpretation.
by Barry Brown G2G Rookie (200 points)
Could also be "Lukas" and on the first name, the german/austrian spelling.

"George William Brown" would be likely to be "Georg Wilhelm Braun" in german.

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