"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
Greetings From Wendy!

A recent TWHS Program included Jack Wiederhold tickling the ivories on his accordion while our members in attendence listened, then sang along in English, then Wendish. Mr. Wiederhold is a longtime member of the TWHS, and is the organist for St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas.


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2013
Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza (WHKE)
Thanks to all who attended the WHKE on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 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".

We have dedicated a special section of this website to coverage of the 2013 WHKE. The presentation by Dr. George Nielsen is available (video), joining information provided by Family Tree DNA.

Festival Life
San Antonio Folklife Festival

Wendish Comfort Food


The Texas Wendish Heritage Society was recently added to Kelly Truesdell's "List". Or more specifically, her "Crush List". Is this a good list (like Santa's)? Is it a bad list?

We leave it for you to decide!

The New York Times recently published an article featuring the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. This article, written by Corrie MacLaggan for The Texas Tribune, is entitled The Joys of Being Wendish, Festival and All. Several festival attendees are interviewed, including Evelyn Buchhorn, Russell Schwausch, Dwight Nitsche, George Nielsen, Charles Wukasch, Weldon Mersiovsky, and David Goeke. This appeared in the 10/11/13 edition of The New York Times.
Welcome To WendishResearch.org!
From Berlin, Jochen Exler-König provides a video documentary project entitled "Jacza of Köpenick. A Slavic Duke of the 12th Century, poised between the Holy Roman Empire and Poland. His Life. His Legend. His Legacy." Read more here.

This link opens a Youtube session, where you may choose the quality of video you prefer and watch the documentary. In German, with English subtitles. Enjoy!

Added in March of 2014 is a scrapbook of thousands of Lee County, Texas obituaries. This work in progress currently spans obituaries for surnames from "A" through "Z". Additions will be made in each section as more are acquired! Also includes some death certificates. Find the scrapbooks section in the main menu above under "History".

Please become a member, or donate! As the only Wendish Museum in the United States, we appreciate your support.

New! Texas Topographic maps.

Passed Away:
Walter Gersch, on June 7th, 2014. Loving husband of Laverne Zoch Gersch. Read his obituary here.

Laverne Gersch, wife of Walter Gersch. One of the TWHS's most active and honored members over the past 43 years, she passed away in early March. Read her obituary here.

Lois L. Nielsen, wife of Dr. George Nielsen. The Wendish community wishes to express our condolences to the family. Lois was called to heaven in early January. Read her obituary here.

An alphabetical listing of German communities from 1900. Large file - over 13MB.

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!

Recently 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 covers events in the Vernon, Texas area. Click the link here.

Be sure to view Our Talented Wends. Recent Wends added to 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.
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.

Volunteers!
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:
http://ResearchProject.info

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


The Delaplain Tracts - by Terry Smith
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.

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:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/earth/index.html.

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.



Featured Sections/Items
New! The first sizable immigration of Wends to Texas traveled aboard the ship Ben Nevis. View zoomable images of the actual ship's register!

The Smallest Ethnic Group of All

Wends of Change
featuring Dave Goeke

Wendish Trivia (online scavenger hunt!)

Lost In A Wendish Land Of Legends
- You simply MUST watch this! High schoolers in Cottbus.
TWHS Response - Click Here.

The Wendish village of Lehde - in the heart of the Spree Forest. A can't-miss visit for any tour of the Spree region!

Help Others With More Info. From our forum.
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Michael Urban
Johann & Johanna Zoch
Johanna Pietsch
Andreas Kiesling
Johann August Gruetzner

Texas Wends: Info from areas where they lived.
Historical records of Bastrop County, TX
Several Texas counties' official records
Austin County, Texas
Fayette Library & Heritage Museum Holdings

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.

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
Kathe Richards Bill Biar
Dan & Suzanna Carter Rev. Dr. Elmer Hohle
Bob & Pat Proft Dave Goeke
Jan Slack Russell Schwausch
John & Margaret White Chuck & Vivian Dube
Steve Weise Marlene Magness
Bill Schkade TWHS Board of Directors
Sylvia Chase-Meadows Tonya Zoch-Hettler

... 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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