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Weldon Mersiovsky… (The Sorbs (Wends)…): One cannot at this point say “more of German decent that Sorbian” because we do not know how long th…
Tim Hengst (The Sorbs (Wends)…): You mention that Niemtschk is a Wendish name for “German”. Would this mean that Niemtschk’s from So…
Gerald Stone (FROM DUB TO DUBE): I suppose the question is: ‘Is Trautsch a Wendish name?’ To answer in the affirmative, we should hav…
Magdala Trautsch … (FROM DUB TO DUBE): My ancestry includes the Kaspers from Kolpen and the Trautsches from Ranis, Thuringia. I am very in…
Sandy Biar (FROM BÄHR TO BIAR…): Bill, Thank you for your insightful and detailed research. I very much enjoyed reading it, much o…
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Old Lutheranism and the Wends

Saturday 19 November 2011 at 12:09 am

Most of the descendants of the Wends in the United States do not know the impact that Old Lutheranism had on their Wendish forefathers who came to Texas in the middle of the 19th century.

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German Immigration to the USA

Saturday 19 November 2011 at 12:05 am

The table shows the German migration to the United States from 1821-1900*.

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Provinces (Länder) of Modern Germany After Unification of 1990

Friday 18 November 2011 at 11:55 pm

Names of the provinces of modern Germany in German and English.

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The Oder - Neisse Line

Friday 18 November 2011 at 11:46 pm

To better understand the Oder-Neisse Line, the modern boundary between Germany and Poland, please refer to Map I.

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Emancipation of the Peasants in Silesia and Saxony

Friday 18 November 2011 at 11:42 pm

The emancipation of the peasants of Silesia was set in motion by the Oktoberedikt  of 1807.

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My Foreign Born Ancestors Who Came to Texas

Friday 18 November 2011 at 11:37 pm

While searching for my roots I discovered that eleven of my ancestors were on the BEN NEVIS that brought the large immigration of Wends to Texas in 1854.  There were seven on my father's (Otto Biar) side and four on my mother's (Lydia Biar, nee Moerbe) side.

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Some Observations about Researching the Wends

Friday 18 November 2011 at 11:33 pm

It is a pity that so much of the history written about the borderland between Slavs and Germans is steeped in bias and prejudice.  There were no early Slavic historians.

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Half-Timbered Construction

Friday 18 November 2011 at 11:16 pm

Early German and Slavic tribes did not know the art of construction with brick and stone as the Romans did, but used wood.  Later on as wood became scarce a method usually referred to as “HALF-TIMBERED” construction was employed.

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Place Names

Friday 18 November 2011 at 10:37 pm

Nearly all information for this article was taken from Die Ortsname der Oberlausitz (Place Names of Upper Lusatia) by Jan Meschang.

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Alias - Genannt - AKA- Also Known As

Friday 18 November 2011 at 10:31 pm

The practice of assuming other surnames (aliases) by some of our Wendish or Sorbian ancestors in Lusatia makes research rather difficult at times.

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What's in a Name

Friday 18 November 2011 at 10:24 pm

Besides written records, onomastics ( the science and study of the origins and forms of proper names of persons and places)  may be used to study and interpret the historical, linguistic and cultural development of an area.  Slavic tribes living in isolation fostered dialects, whose particularisms were reflected in names.  As tribes moved to new locations, new names were coined.

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Christianization of the Wends

Friday 18 November 2011 at 10:20 pm

There is some evidence that the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius (born in Thessalonica in the 820s), the Apostles to the Slavs, reached the Bautzen area.  Their mission of evangelization, in the latter part of the ninth century, took them to Great Moravia, which, at that time, included Bohemia and other central European territory.  It is known that they reached Görlitz, Königshain and Jauernick, west of the Lusatian Neisse River, less than 30 miles east of Bautzen.  Ancient stone crosses have been found near Guttau and near Gleina.  Some researchers believe that these could have been sites of the first Christian preaching stations or, perhaps, sites of the first baptisms in the area.

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Hill-Forts

Friday 18 November 2011 at 10:12 pm

Archaeological discoveries in Lusatia and surrounding territory have produced many artifacts and much valuable information of the early Sorbian tribes and their culture.  It appears certain that additional discoveries will yield many more artifacts and information.  Sites of old medieval fortifications appear to have the greatest potential.

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The Manorial System

Friday 18 November 2011 at 9:58 pm

The villages in which our ancestors lived in Lusatia were sites of manors.  These manors, or landed-estates, were in possession of noblemen for many generations.

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The Sorbs (Wends)

Friday 18 November 2011 at 9:02 pm

The Sorbs, as they always wanted to be called, or Wends, as the Germans, called them, descended from the Slavs.  Numerically, the Slavs are the largest linguistic group in Europe, numbering some two hundred million people.  The geographical origin of the Slavs has always been problematic.  Their history pre-dates the Christian era.  Roman historians, Pliny the Elder and Tacitus, in the first century A. D., and the Greco-Egyptian geographer, Ptolemy, in the second, used Venedi to identify the Slavs.  Much speculation surrounds the origin of the word Venedi.  The least questionable appears to be the dark-haired Celts used the term Uindo for the white-haired primitive Slavs.  Uindo, which has reference to white or blond, derivated to Venedi, used by the early writers.  Later, the Germans adopted Venedi in the form of Wenden (Wends) to identify all Slavs who lived in Germany.  The Slavs never referred to themselves as Venedi, but called themselves Sclaveni or a similar name.

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