Alright so I’ve been doing 23 and me and like I’m super curious about my ancestors. It shows that’s I’m 99.4% Balkan (Montenegro) with one Italian ancestor. So my dad says that my great grandpa was from sestani and that he fought in the Balkan wars and afterwards became one of the chefs to King Zog of Albania in Tirana? His name over there was mark sestani but back in Montenegro he’s just nikola Celic. Cuz he was a chef he made a ton of money and would feed everyone in the village doctors and presidents even. And apparently my great grandpa came from money originally that they had property in Istanbul, Turkey. My great grandpas brother went to Istanbul for work and at the time they had some kind of disease and they blamed the Europeans/foreigners for it so they burned my great grandpas brother to death as a precaution, he was 23 and just had a son and apparently his wife/son they moved to Australia after that.
Anyways I’m just more curious to hear about my seemingly awesome great grandpa on my dads side. I know there’s a town called Celic in Bosnia but my dad said we don’t have anything to do with that but I think there could be a connection it’s so interesting. I’m more American than anything being born in the USA but I’d like to know more. I feel like ancestry and myfamilytree focus more on Americans etc so it’s not like I can find more information there... any advice would be wonderful
Surname Čelić is from Bosnia and Herzegovina, they are Bosniaks, but their origins are from Boka Kotorska in Montenegro. According to one DNA project they are J2b Y-DNA haplogroup so if thats your too thats your origin.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2018 13:54:14 GMT -5 by Deleted
Yay! Thank you, I don’t know what my y group is since I’m female but when my dad comes back from Montenegro I’ll get him to do 23 and me as well (I don’t have brothers) I also got where my great grandpa worked mixed up too, apparently he met King Zog but he worked at American Technical School which is now Harry Fultz Institute.
Hello - I am really late to this forum but i came across this thread and had to comment. So I do not believe your family is Croatian, Bosnian or Serbian but I’m pretty sure you’re family is Albanian from Montenegro. Your last name Celic is a common last name from the Shestan region. Hence the nickname Mark Sestani which is actually Shestani. Sestani is the Yugoslavian way of saying it.