The Bulgarian Connection

This is the web page of my family lines. The predominate lines include:  Baanov, Vulchev, Hadjivulchev and Kolchagov. The other families lines are related to the primary families by marriage. Such as:

Evanov, Bagrianov, Venedikov, Rabajiev, Trenchev, Stefanov, Daskalov, Bizev, Dimitrov, Popov, Mladenov, Bogdanov, Horozov, Kostakev, Golumanov, Sirleshtov, Petkanchin, Lagadinov, Radanov, Kokotanov, Balev, Popstefanov, Banskaliev

There are picture postcards and photographs (Bulgarian and American) from the 1890s to present, newspaper clippings (1940s to present), descendant charts, family history reports, stories of the early years of Demeter G. Colchagoff (1892-1981) directly from his writings, and other memorabilia related to the family. Much of the information used in this web page has been obtained orally, and as such, is predisposed to error. Anyone finding an error is encouraged to contact me with the information. Note: I have found several variations on the names Kolchagov, Venedikov and Bagrianov, such as, Koltchagoff, Kolchagoff, Colchagoff, Coy, Wenedikov and Bagranoff.

Due to new information the descendant charts and family history reports are unavailable at this time. We will have them back on line as soon as possible. In the meantime, please refer to the family descendant chart below. I will answer any question possible at
With your help I will be able to add more branches to the family tree.

We need HELP from family and friends
Anyone who has information about the current named family lines above or other lines that connect is encouraged to contact me. I would be happy to add any other family line that connects with those above.

How this web site began
A college genealogy project was started by Beth Colchagoff in 1965. She gathered the information from a scroll written in Bulgarian. Demeter Colchagoff translated it for her as well as adding his own information. Nothing happened with the information after she graduated college until now. I took a copy of Beth's work, along with what I have done, and constructed this web site. So, this web page and its contents are the responsibility of me, Jon R. Colchagoff, and I will do my best to make it function well.

A first time for everything
This is my first attempt at a web page so please bear with me. I'm sure you will find several boo-boos (mistakes). Anyone wishing to help with suggestions or corrections to make this site better and more accurate are more than welcome to contact me at

Where credit is due
Credit needs to be given to those that have helped and encouraged me to publish this site. I could not have done it without them.
Site set-up, layout and HTML: Jon R. Colchagoff, Jr. Most translations of text from Bulgarian to English: Vassil Karloukovski (V.K. ) and Todor Stoyanov (T.S.). To see the names of the "multi-national team" that helped with translations, helpful suggestions, family information, etc. click here.

As of January 2000
Updated April 2006

History of the Kolchagov Family

Descendants of Father Paisiy Hilendarski
Magdalina Tosheva Kolchagova-Stefanova

English version

This book came to me in its original Bulgarian Cyrillic language. The cost of having a company translate the book was prohibitive (thousands), so I contacted a great internet friend, George I. Dimitrov, and he put me in contact with people who would translate for a more affordable price. When you are on a budget you do what you have to do. So, it’s not perfect but it gets the job done. I thank the translator, Anastasia Mihova, for her time and effort to make this book available to us here in the “I only read English club.” As time allows I will "clean up" the web page to match the book.

Please contact me so I can correct any errors.

   "A base for the research is the Kolchagov family – the descendant genealogy of Toshe and Elena Kolchagov.
    The family connections are a factor, which has a big influence over human development and its variety. Moving forward into researching the family connections of the Kolchagov family, I was guided by the Bulgarian knowledge and experience in these matters and by personal understanding."
( excerpt from History of the Kolchagov Family — Descendants of Father Paisiy Hilendarski, Magdalina T. Kolchagov-Stefanova, author )
Family Descendant Chart
Related Families

This chart is intended as a visual adjunct to the book, History of the Kolchagov Family — Descendants of Father Paisiy Hilendarski, as well as additional information I have gathered. I have withheld the first (given) name(s) of family members that I can not confirm as deceased and/or approximately 100 years old. Anyone having a date of death or burial site can contact me at and I will gladly add the personal data to the chart. DO NOT PRINT! This chart is 48 x 112 inches at 72 dpi. If you want a copy of the chart, please email me and I will send you a printable copy.
Pictures and Postcards

Links to Pages
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Pages 1-16 (left) have over 100 interesting photographs and postcards from Bulgaria & USA showing lifestyles of the 1890s to the 1970s. Page 17 has eight pictures donated by Ivan Tzvetkov Kolchagov. The pictures and postcards are in thumbnail format. To see them in greater detail (72-150 dpi) just click on the picture. Most of the pictures have been originally scanned at 300 dpi and are available on request. The translations assigned to the postcards and pictures come from reliable sources (V.K. & T. S.) but in attempting to stay with the meaning I may have changed more than just the tense of a phrase. Words have been put in brackets or parenthesis for clarity or lack of a translatable word or phrase. Therefore, I invite all to scrutinize the translations and advise me of errors or a better translation form. Other pictures of family to be added as available. Pictures with an asterisk (*) have no information on back.
Charts & Reports
Due to new information the descendant charts and family history reports are unavailable at this time. We will have them back on line as soon as possible. In the meantime I will answer any question possible at
Stories from the Life of 
Demeter G. Colchagoff
Late in my grandfathers life he decided to record some of the interesting things that happened to him in Bulgaria and America; from the 1890s to the 1970s. Unable to write due to the tremors in his hands, he recorded these stories on cassette tape and hired a transcriptionist to put the stories on paper. Here are those short stories my grandfather left for us. I have changed as little as possible from the original transcription. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
J. A. MacGahan
Liberator of Bulgaria
Every year many Bulgarian immigrants, including my grandfather, performed a pilgrimage to a cemetery close to Zanesville, Ohio. There, they would partake in honoring J. A. MacGahan, a journalist, who in 1876 wrote an eye-witness account of the massacre of Batak, Bulgaria. His article in the London Daily News so outraged Russia that they went to war with Turkey.
Newspaper Clippings
& Other Memorabilia
Links to Pages
These are clippings, pictures and other items related to my family members. These items span over 50 years including World War II (1943) to the last decade. Suggestions are appreciated. 
The Battle in the Village of Goleshevo in 1903
This story was written by my great uncle, Lazar Georgiev Kolchagov. It describes a brief time in April 1903, during the Ilinden uprising, when he and his comrades, while on their way to a rebel gathering, became embroiled in a battle. I don't know when this story was printed or what newspaper may have done the printing. It may have been the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO) newspaper "Freedom or Death" or it may have been printed at a later date.
Pierce O'Mahony: An Irishman in Bulgaria
This is a brief story of the former Irish MP, Pierce O'Mahony who went to Bulgaria and ran an orphanage in Sofia for Macedonian refugee boys between the ages of seven and eleven. Some received university education at his expense. He was decorated by Ferdinand I in 1915  and a street, 'Piers O Mahoni Street' in Sofia is named after him.