Genealogy/Croatia

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I trying to find a city and haven't been able to find it. on my ancestors records: In 1914 it is "Dolnja Velika, Croatia", in 1917 it says "Dplnavelika-Belovar, Austria"(now Croatia). Where can I possibly find the answer. The closest I've gotten was "Donja Vrijeska, Belovar" but where can I find it this could be the same place, maybe was once named different?

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Hello,

There is a town named Donja Velika near Zagreb in Croatia.  There is also a Belovar neighborhood in Zagreb.  You can view Donja Velika on Google Maps:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Donja+Velika,+Croatia/@45.976963,16.4117296,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4766130cdf05ba11:0x6d1e58d11157bcd8

Spelling errors or variations are common in older records, especially in countries that do not use the traditional western alphabet.  Many names were simply written phonetically, often provided by people who were illiterate.  So, slight variations in spelling should not be a concern.  

I hope this helps!

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