I'm glad I could help out (and a homicide detective at that)!Wow!I thinkI should mention that there are other possible versions of the surname you listed - I just mentioned MILAKOVIC' because it is most similar to what you had written.Here are some more versions:MILIKIC', MILKOVIC', MILINKOVIC', MILIKIC' and the list goes on.It still seems to me that MILAKOVIC' most resembles what you found on the death certificate.
Now, you have the names and dates - what we need now is a place.I'll do some research, but for now I can't seem to find a Crucifixus relating to Serbia in any historical period.It may have been the Austrian name for some village or perhaps your father translated the name into English as best he could?It would be of great help if you could tell me which region of Serbia I should be looking at.
Once we find the town, you can request birth records from the corresponding historical archive in Serbia and take it from there.Yes, gen research in these parts is a mistery all its own!is there any chance that you might visit Serbia and dig through the archives yourself?It's tedious but fun in its own unique way.We would be glad to be of any assistance if you ever decide to visit.
What I'm going to do now is give you a list of cities/towns in Serbia and Montenegro where either many or famous Milakovic'es were from or where there are still members of that family today.Don't thank me for this because the list was actually compiled by Velibor Lazarevic and published in his book of Serbian names last year.I'm just a messenger and hope this helps!See if any of these towns/cities fit into your father's autobiography:
Bar, Backa Palanka, Backi Jarak, Basaid, Beograd, Beska, Valjevo, Veternik, Globoder, Grocka, Divcibare, Elezagici, Zumberak, Zemun, Jagodina, Donja Kovacica, Kosjeric, Kotor, Krajisnik, Krizpolje, Lasovac, Lacarak, Lokmer Selo, Ljig, Majar, Majarik, Mladenovac, Nova Pazova, Novi Sad, Otocac, Pancevo, Petrovaradin, Plandiste, Plasko, Podgorica, Pozega, Sremski Karlovci, Sremska Mitrovica, Stajnice, Tivat, Herceg Novi.
I know the names are in Serbian and your father certainly would have spelled them differently in English, but if any even vaguely resemble any places mentioned in the autobiography just let me know and we'll figure it out! Given your professional background, I'm sure you won't give up.Good luck and feel free to e-mail me directly in the future, but please remember to post on this board if you find anything that you think might help others!
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