In the late 1940s, the Yugoslavian Government passed laws for the centralization of
recordkeeping in the civil authorities. Religious institutions were required to send
their records (or copies) to the civil authorities where they were copied. Those religious
and civil records that survived WW II were the basis for the civil recordkeeping system
in that country.
Where there were no civil or religious records, the law permitted the establishment
of records based on other evidence, including the statements of third parties. In
many cases, however, records were not established until the person needed a record.
Generally, these records were retained by the former Yugoslavian republics (i.e.,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia) after
they proclaimed their independence.