January 7, 2015

Guess Who's Back?

By Ivan Ćurković   Posted on  Wednesday, January 07, 2015   Mijat Tomić 1 comment

Many years I ago I setup a website to help me share my family research with the world. Unfortunately, server issues combined with starting and raising my own family briefly took me away from one of my favourite hobbies - Croatian genealogy and family history research!

Today I am proud to say that I am back with a vengeance! Well, maybe not quite there yet. My website is still in the development stage but I figure I need to get the wheels in motion. If we wait for perfection then nothing will ever happen. I'm hoping that I develop some momentum with this brief first post.

You will notice that my page has a different look and feel now. I've moved away from WordPress (I still miss it) and have decided to give the Blogger platform a try.

The picture you see on this page is not a old Ćurković family member - it is the legendary 17th century hajduk, Mijat Tomić. A hajduk is a rebel who fights oppressors in the name of justice and for the defense of the common people. For this reason Mijat is often referred as the Croatian Robin Hood. He lived in the same neighbourhood as my father (Tomislavgrad, Bosnia-Hercegovina) and may even be connected to my family in someway (one of my direct ancestors was a Tomić from the same village of Brišnik). Although this website focuses primarily on the name I carry - hence the domain name - Mijat represents one of the more prominent historical figures in Tomislavgrad history. I've decided to use his image to brand my website. I'm sure you'll all agree that it's a great image!

At this point, I'm still not sure which direction to take this blog. I plan to take it slow and write as time and mood permits. I'll start by focusing on my namesake family ancestors. Eventually I may expand to other topics of interest, covering other areas of Bosnia, Hercegovina and Dalmatia. Appropriate considering that some folks actually consider the Buško Blato region as the intersecting point between these three regions.

The main purpose of my website is to connect with other Ćurković people across the world as a way to learn more about our interesting family histories. I encourage people to comment on my posts and will do my best to respond to every comment.

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