Ancestry and Genealogy Tours in Belgrade and Serbia

   SERBIAN HERITAGE TOURS provides unique and deeply emotional travel experiences for those who are eager to know more about their family history and ancestral origins. Knowing where we come from is just as important as being sure of the legacy we bestow to future generations. 

   Ancestry and Genealogy Tours in Serbia will give you an insight into your family history and take you to the places where your ancestors once lived.

   On our personalised ancestry tours, you will have the chance to connect to your roots, discover your ancestral hometown and enhance your knowledge of your ancestors' lives. 

   All Ancestry tours are private tours and personalised for each family. They are designed and guided by your professional Serbian Heritage Interpreter and official Tour Guide specialised in Demography, Ancestry and Genealogy. I will do the research of your family history and ancestral origins before we begin your personal and customised Ancestry Tour in Serbia.

   Well prepared and expertly guided ancestry trip makes it possible to step back in time to your ancestral hometown or village - to your roots.

 

No family story is complete until you had visited your ancestral hometown or village and explored the place where your family lived before they made their emigration journey overseas.

 

Danube Swabian or Donauschwaben Heritage Tours

   The Danube Swabian (Donauschwaben) colonisation refers to the large-scale migration of individuals and families from mostly German-speaking states to the areas of the former Hungarian Kingdom conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. After the Habsburg Empire successfully fought off the Ottomans and took back the land that the Hungarian Kingdom had lost to the Ottomans, it encouraged mostly German-speaking farmers and craftsmen to sail down the Danube and settle on the marshlands of the Danube River Valley and the Pannonian Plain.

   Although the majority of settlers were ethnic Germans speaking a variety of dialects and coming from different principalities, there were 12 more ethnic groups (Serbian, Jewish, French, Slovak, Romanian, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Bulgarian and other).

  Tens of thousands of colonists came in the 17th-19th centuries to build new lives. The Danube Swabians or Donauschwaben, as they were known, grew to number more than 500,000 in former Yugoslavia and peacefully co-existed with people from different ethnic groups. However, after World War II many descendants of these German settlers were interned in prison camps and only released after several years. Their houses and farmland were left empty and eventually filled with new tenants with different cultural backgrounds when the then Yugoslav state encouraged people from poor, and war devastated parts of the country to move to the fertile plains of Vojvodina and begin new lives.

No. 19 – Danube Swabian Ancestry Tour in Banat, Batschka and Syrmia

   SERBIAN HERITAGE TOURS carries out deep and comprehensive research of towns, villages and settlements in Banat, Batschka, Syrmia and Slavonia, where the Danube Swabians were colonised more than 200 years ago.

   During your personal and customised Danube Swabian Ancestry Tour in Vojvodina, you will hear about the history of Habsburg colonisation, villages and towns of your ancestors, their heritage, settler's architecture and remarkable farming achievements.

   We will visit your ancestor's villages, churches they prayed in, schools they attended, cemeteries they were buried in and their homes. You will gain a deeper insight into the Danube Swabian way of life, beliefs and traditions in the past.

No. 20 – Jewish Ancestry Tour in Belgrade and Serbia

 

   In every town in Serbia and every village in Vojvodina, there was a Jewish community. Sometimes it would be only a dozen families, sometimes large communities. Before World War II there were more than 70 synagogues and praying houses. After the war, Jews who survived the war departed from villages to large towns, Israel, the USA or Latin America. Although many Jews left, many buildings which housed synagogues, societies, schools, factories, homes, cemeteries remained. The memory of numerous Jews who contributed to Serbian society is kept alive, and there are many monuments dedicated to them.

   During your personal and customised Jewish Ancestry Tour we will visit all the places important for your family history, and you will learn more about your forefathers, their lives and homes where they lived. You will also hear about the story of Jewish people who settled in the territory of former Yugoslavia and todays Serbia centuries ago.

Testimonials

   "I’m very interested in our Donauschwaben heritage. The closest ancestor on my European side of the family to have immigrated to the U.S. was my great grandfather. I have long been most curious about his ancestry and origins. Through lots of online searches and collecting documents, I was able to connect back and find his original name and some of his ancestry. I have generally verified it through genealogy books, but not always through original records (though these books are based on original records, as opposed to relying on online and family tree information that may be based on oral histories).

   Thus, the purpose of my trip to Đakovo and Vučevci was to see where my great grandfather was born and where he enrolled in trade school and to also see the church in Semeljci, which I understand to be the parish to which Vučevci belonged at the time of his birth.

   The visits to Weprowatz and Kernei were because of the ancestors who were among the original Donauschwaben settlers to those towns. Best wishes and good luck to all those who seek to maintain and make connections with their ancestries, heritages, and homelands. I highly recommend a trip back to the homelands for those who have the interest and can make it happen. It was very much worth it for me, and I see many more returns in my future.

   I am grateful to many people. And, especially, to my tour guide, Snezana Bulatovic of Serbian Heritage Tours, who put together a very customized and flexible itinerary that allowed me to see all of what I wanted to see in Serbia and Croatia. I hired a driver and a guide through the services of Snezana Bulatovic of Serbian Heritage Tours. She guided me through a two-day private and customized tour of the places I wanted to see. She was both very meticulous and flexible; she made personal contacts with key people she thought would be useful for me to meet and even obtained a few records for me from the archives. She read up and prepared for the sights we would see, to be able to give me more history and context. The reception I received from my travels was great. I will, say, though, that when we pulled up into Vučevci (a tiny village where my great grandfather was born) in a shiny vehicle with a chauffeur and private guide. I felt a bit like I was starring in the To Wong Foo. I was metaphorically the working girl from the city pulling up in a convertible into a tiny town. Everyone was staring and wondering what was going on. But nobody was mean or seemed upset. To the contrary, what I saw was overall quite welcoming." Mr Nicholas S., USA

   

   "I can't say enough good things about my tour with Snezana. I contacted Snezana so that I could gain a better appreciation of my mother's origins and the German presence in Serbia. Not only did she provide me with an understanding of the history of German settlement, but through her contacts and research she located and obtained access to the house my mother grew up in and fled during WW2, my grandmother family home, the church (now closed) my mother attended, my great grandparents grave site and so much more!

   Prior to the trip, I sent Snezana some family history so that she could undertake some additional research and she was able to confirm and expand on what I sent her. Without Snezana I would have been able to visit the town my mother lived in but missed out on all the details and context that made our trip so memorable. Although not an intended component of our trip, when Snezana learned that my husband was Jewish she provided us with information about the Jewish community and experiences in the area. And she gives excellent restaurant recommendations - I had the best gnocchi ever in Belgrade!" Mrs Angela D., Canada

   

   "Hello Snezana, I would like to thank you again for the insightful tour you have arranged for us in Subotica. I especially appreciate the preparations and research about my family which made the tour much more personal than usual historical city sightseeing. Today, just a few hours after landing in Israel and returning home, I still feel overwhelmed by all the sights and information and I need some time to digest it all. Mrs Arbal, Israel

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