- I noticed for some people coming from that area surname and first name were switched by mistake. Try reversing them when you look through ship manifests.
- there are no publicly available period census records you could search to give you ideas. The testament to the price people of former Yugoslavia paid for their freedom from fascism is the fact that in genealogy of some ethnic groups, the Census of the Victims of War 1941-1945 can be used as general census resource, as virtually no family went unharmed. I would look through it for similar surnames in Macedonia/ Bitola area to see what original surnames that correspond to the one you need in their original spelling existed based on birth year of the victims.
- to google results in native languages, set your preferences to include pages in local ones ( Macedonian, Serbian, Greek, Albanian, Bulgarian).
- search for surname and place of origin using the Cyrillic script that Macedonian language uses.
-consider also phonetic traits of the native language , and the fact that original surname may not be spelled at all like the one used after immigrating :
HRISTOV is the original spelling of the surname that is pronounced closest to *CHRISTOFF . That family from Bitola is documented to have lived in Bitola in the beginning of the XX century, as well as HRISTOVSKI, according to the publicly available records.
HRISTOVSKI family also had people with first name VASIL .
Both families were ethnic Macedonian, and of Eastern Orthodox faith. https://cp15.heritagewebdesign.com/~lituchy/victim_search.ph...
In immigration databases these surnames were recorded as Hristo/Hristov/Hristoff/ Hristovitz in people coming from Monastir ( old name for Bitola) and surrounding villages. Country of origin is listed as Macedonia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia... :http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/engine/gold.php?uid=...http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/engine/gold.php?uid=...http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/engine/gold.php?uid=...
Hope this helps you find your ancestors and your heritage.
att: HRISTOV, HRISTOVSKI, from Bitola, source-official Census of Victims of War 1941-1945
Cyrillic spelling of these surnames:
"Rodoslovlje" Serbian Genealogy Societyhttp://www.rodoslovlje.com/en