now i am not from vinica, but rather USA. my background in that neck of the woods is limited, i learned the little i know from a croatian researcher who helped me out a lot. very affordable. if you are interested send me a message to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and i can forward her contact information. i had given up hope of finding my folks from that area but she came through for me. while the church records only go back to the late 1700's that is a whole lot better than nothing.
btw... horvat is a rather common name as well. my ggf birthday was off by three years from what he claimed and the church records indicated, not a surprise. i had the same experience with dates from my italian side as well.