"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.
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".
Welcome To WendishResearch.org!
New! Added in March of 2014 is a scrapbook of thousands of Lee County, Texas obituaries. This work in progress currently presents obituaries for surnames beginning with "G" and "M". More are on the way! Find the scrapbooks section in the main menu above under "History".
This year the programs presented at our quarterly TWHS membership meetings will focus on Texas Wends in the Civil War.
Join us for the next meeting, featuring Doug and Carol Kubicek (above) withYour Reconstructed Ancestors, on Sunday, May 18th, 2014! From 1865 to 1875 the Reconstruction Era was upon Texas and the South. Mr. Kubicek will take us down this path of challenges, using historical events as our guide.
Passed Away: 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!