The Dragićević registry of 1741-42, named in honour of the bishop who traveled through Ottoman Empire controlled territory of Bosnia-Hercegovina during this time, is very important in terms of historical significance. This collection of hand-written documents contains over 2000 graphically-unique and some of the oldest known surnames on the territory of today's Bosnia-Hercegovina. It also attempted to examine the state of the Catholic population in the country after many periods of war and persecution, particularly with the arrival of the Ottoman Empire in 1463.
The Candian (1645-69) and Viennese (1683-99) wars of the 17th century helped contribute to an ever decreasing number of Catholics in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Many Catholics fled into Dalmatia, Slavonia or Croatia-proper during this time. Following the Ottoman amnesty proclamation of 1735, some Catholics began returning back to their ancestral lands.
During this time the areas of Livno and Duvno were among the heaviest concentrated Catholic areas in the country. In the entire country there were 39,700 Catholics recorded, an incredible 74% increase over the estimated numbers of Catholics living in 1723. In Duvno, there were precisely 3496 Catholics representing 8.8% of the whole Catholic population in the country. Only the parish district of Livno had more Catholics (3962). Together, these two regions in southwestern Bosnia comprised 18.8% of the entire Catholic population!
According to the census, my family was mentioned in a small place in the Duvno region called Vinica. During this time, Vinica was a frontier area between Ottoman Bosnia-Hercegovina and Venetian-controlled Dalmatia. A total of 34 households were mentioned in Bishop Pave Dragićević's registry for Vinica (320 people - 171 adults, 149 children). Among the families, there were also four Ćurković households (20 adults, 19 children). The breakdown is as follows:
Croatian Name - Latin Name (# of Adults, # of Children)
1. Marko Ćalić - Marcus Chialich (8, 6)
2. Toma Ćalić - Thomas Chialich (6, 2)
3. Ivan Ćalić - Joannes Chialich (3, 7)
4. Šimun Vlajčić - Simon Vlaiçich (5, 4)
5. Mate Pivčević - Mattheus Pivçevich (6, 4)
6. Mate Jurčević - Mattheus Jurçevich (4, 3)
7. Ilija Jurčević - Elias Jurçevich (5, 1)
8. Petar Omazić - Petrus Omazich (3, 5)
9. Jerko Perković - Hieronimus Perchovich (5, 0)
10. Bariša Perković - Bartholomaeus Perchovich (2, 4)
11. Šimun Perković - Simon Percovich (4, 3)
12. Ivan Perković - Joannes Perchovich (8, 8)
13. Nikola Lozić - Nicolaus Lozich (4, 6)
14. Mate Lozić - Matthaeus Lozich (2, 0)
15. Danijel Lozić - Daniel Lozich (9, 9)
16. Bonaventura Vento - Bonaventura Vento (8, 5)
17. Stipan Jurčević - Stephanus Jurçevich (9, 5)
18. Mate Lučić - Matthaeus Luçich (13, 20)
19. Petar Lučić - Petrus Luçich (3, 0)
20. Mijo Čuljak - Michael Çugliach (2, 3)
21. Jure Mamić - Georgius Mamich (2, 3)
22. Ivan Mamić - Joannes Mamich (2, 4)
23. Šimun Matić - Simon Matich (5, 6)
24. Ivan Ćurković - Joannes Chiurchovich (5, 1)
25. Stipan Ćurković - Stephanus Chiurchovich (7, 11)
26. Ante Ćurković - Antonius Chiurchovich (6, 2)
27. Ivan Sabljić - Joannes Sabglich (4, 2)
28. Mate Ćurković - Matthaeus Chiurchovich (2, 5)
29. Jure Lozić - Georgius Lozich (8, 1)
30. Blaž Šarić - Blasius Scarich (9, 6)
31. Luka Vlajčić - Lucas Vlaiçich (2, 0)
32. Grgo Vlajčić - Gregorius Vlaiçich (2, 0)
33. Marko Vlajčić - Marcus Vlaiçich (6, 7)
34. Luka Matić - Lucas Matich (2, 0)
There is some debate as to what areas the Ćurković family actually lived in - was it actually in Vinica or were they actually in the Kazaginac area, closer to the area known as Buško Blato? It is hard to know for sure what areas outside of today's Vinica were actually defined as "Vinica".
Perhaps there may be truth in both theories. The Ćurković families comprised over 12% of the Vinica population. If they were growing, then it may be possible that certain family members may have branched out in search of more land for their growing families or moved at the request of their beg or Muslim nobles or landlord.