|"Our mission is to document the Wendish/Sorbian experience through research, information exchange, collaboration, and the promotion of related projects." - Mission Statement, The Wendish Research Exchange
Thanks to all who attended the WHKE on Saturday, March 16th in Serbin, Texas. With over 100 attendees, the program was a rousing success! Your support of this, both financially and with the investment of an entire day of your life to attend, is truly a testament to your sense of family, history, and your "Wendishness".
Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza (WHKE)
We have dedicated a special section of this website to coverage of the WHKE. The first topic / presentation appearing here is information provided by Family Tree DNA. With discounts available through May 21st, 2013, be sure to view this information as soon as possible!
|New! Featured in early May of 2013 are Our Talented Wends. New Wends in this area are Bill Biar and Rev. Dr. Elmer Hohle. Just cursor over Hot Topics/Projects in our menu above, then cursor over Our Talented Wends and choose a Talented Wend to learn more.
New! Newly added to our site is a section for scrapbooks. A scrapbook is a collection which may document births, deaths, marriages, community events, and other interesting happenings for a given area. The first scrapbook added here covers events in the Vernon, Texas area. Click the link here, or find the scrapbooks section in the main menu above under "History".
|Test your knowledge of all things Wendish, as well as review some information which was presented at the Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza March 16th, 2013.
Presented here are questions and groups of questions. Each includes a clue as to where, on this website (and perhaps another), you will find the answers to each.
| 1. What was the title of the first article that George Nielsen wrote about the Wends?
Clue: To find the answer, by George, upon your tenacity depends. Note the trail through Iowa as it wends!
2. Anna Blasig wrote The Wends of Texas based on her master’s dissertation. What was the title of her dissertation?
Clue: An historic pause during a visit to Texas, USA will disclose Anna's title.
3. Where can one find the highest Lutheran church pulpit in Texas?
4. What is the color of the steeple roof on St. Paul Lutheran Church at Serbin?
Clue for 3 and 4: Research family mysteries and you will find answers!
5. According to George Nielsen, what vegetable is a favorite with Wends?
Clue: Have you ever picked them? Learn more in a forum featuring general Wendish discussion.
6. What writer of Western genre novels mentioned Serbin, Texas in one of his books and what was the title of the book?
Clue: This Most Wanted of elusive people can be found in a tree. Knowledge of genealogy may help thee!
7. What is the highest point above sea level on the Delaplain League?
8. When rain falls on the Delaplain League, what river does it feed?
9. In what year was Lee County organized?
10. What are the counties out of which Lee County was formed?
Clue for 7 through 10: Traveling on the Ben Nevis was quite a hot project!
11. What did the two Lutheran churches in Serbin, (St. Paul and the second St. Peter) share in common?
12. What is the name of the road mentioned in the original Delaplain League survey?
13. On what day of the month in September is Wendish Fest held?
14. Where will the 41st Annual Texas Folklife Festival be held?
Clue for 11 through 14: Much history can be learned from a scrapbook.
15. How do you say, “Yes, I would like a beer!” in Wendish?
16. How do you ask, “Would you like a beer?’ in Wendish?
17. What is the color of the ceiling in St Paul Lutheran Church at Serbin?
18. What bird hangs from the ceiling in St Paul Lutheran Church at Serbin?
Clue for 15 through 18: An article discussing Cholera provides these answers!
19. Who was the Texas General Land Office Commissioner in 1854?
20. Who was the Governor of Texas in 1854?
21. Who was the President of the United States in 1854?
22. Who was the last Ben Nevis passenger to die in Texas?
Clue for 19 through 22: Here is a useful clue... a Wendish Patriot named Matthew.
23. What is the length of a vara?
24. What two men have written more about the Wends than all the others combined?
25. How much land is in a league?
26. How much land is in a labor?
27. How do you say “Thank you very much” in Wendish?
Clue for 23 through 27: Now these questions are at an end. Volunteers for a research project may help a Wend!
Introduction to our menu above:
History: Contains links to several excellent web sites and works which provide background information regarding who the Wends are. Some are summaries, while others go into great detail on various historical topics. Feel free to email us to suggest other links. We intend to mainly use links in this section, to not "reinvent the wheel" as they say. Our focus is described in our mission statement.
Hot Projects/Topics: Featured Projects and Topics. May include "opportunities" for those who would like to assist. Be sure to visit this area!
TWHS: The Texas Wendish Heritage Society. The Wendish Research Exchange is an organization within the TWHS. Includes a physical museum, library, and gift shop. Visit this link to learn more.
Genealogy: Interactive web application, with future additions planned. Be sure to not only visit, but participate. You may view some of the data, but the best functionality is reserved for TWHS members. So sign-up! It may take several days to provide fully registered accounts. Please be patient - it is worth the wait!
Forum: A collaborative area for gathering and sharing data and input. Also for publicly defining projects and organizing resources. Discussions of Wendish families, history, and other research topics. Ask and answer questions here.
Wend Blogs: Typically structured as one person or group writing articles, with public responses and discussion welcomed. There will be multiple Wend Blogs.
Are you a TWRE volunteer and have signed-up to add "static" content to this web site? Please base your pages on the site template. Right-click and save to your computer, modify with your content, then upload to your secured TWRE area.
We are in the beginning phases of developing this web site, and invite you to join us! There are several opportunities available to assist in contributing your interests and skills. There is no need to be a web expert to participate.
For more information, please visit:
The former border between East and West Germany is older and more complicated than you think. Be sure to read this article from the New York Times - link provided by Bill Schkade!
Here are some other websites with information about the Wendish people:
Worldwide Wendish Connection
Wends - Wikipedia
Texas Wendish Heritage Society
Wendish Heritage Society of Australia
European Roots Genealogy
Mr. Terry Smith's attention to detail, and his efforts to create this informational overlay which contains a plethora of facts, makes the De La Plain Tracts come to life! This file and its content are copyright 2011 by The Texas Wendish Heritage Society, and may not be used for commercial purposes or for personal gain.
The Delaplain Tracts - by Terry Smith
If you have Google Earth already loaded on your computer, click this link to either run or save the file required to view the tracts. Click on the tracts for further data.
Google Earth is not on your computer? Then you'll find information on acquiring and installing Google Earth at:
Welcome To WendishResearch.org!
||Have you read the article by George Nielsen, published in the October issue of the TWHS newsletter? Entitled "Death On The Irish Sea," Dr. Nielsen chronicles the obstacles facing the Wends as they departed Liverpool on the Ben Nevis, battling an infamous breakout of cholera.
|If you haven't read Dr. Nielsen's article, then may we recommend you become a member of the TWHS and receive a mailed copy of each newsletter going forward. Dr. Nielsen is a regular contributor to the newsletter.
More information recently presented at WendishResearch.org regarding the Wend's struggles in Ireland
is presented here. Newspaper and journal accounts, an article by Kathe Richards discussing cholera and its effects, as well as maps and photos of the cemetery where the deceased were interred. Don't miss it!
Welcome to the grand opening of what will be a perpetual work in progress, with your participation welcomed and appreciated! As you explore Wendishresearch.org, think of it as a meeting place of researchers who are invited to share and obtain information regarding their heritage and history. A framework to guide you in your research goals, whether they be genealogical, historical, events, or any other pursuit of knowledge.
As you visit the various areas, please enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the information presented, and be sure to join-in on the conversations and contribute your expertise! There is much interesting information here. Your participation will enhance and expand existing information, and add to this sharable resource known as the Wendish Research Exchange.
Our heartfelt thanks go to all who have made this effort possible. Key supporters and contributors to date include:
|Weldon & Jean Mersiovsky
||Dr. George Nielsen
|Dan & Suzanna Carter
||Rev. Dr. Elmer Hohle
|Bob & Pat Proft
|John & Margaret White
||Chuck & Vivian Dube
||TWHS Board of Directors
... and an ever growing list of other volunteers who are about to become involved in many aspects of recording and documenting the history of the Wends. All are welcome to join the Wendish Research Exchange, regardless of your place of residence. Telling the stories of the Wends, for use by current and future individuals who have and shall have an interest, is something that many of us can do... worldwide.
Thank you for visiting with us today. Enjoy!
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