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Some Glimpses of Sorbian (Wendish) History by Bill Biar

Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 4:45 pm.

Bill Biar, who grew up in Thorndale, Texas and lived in Carrollton, Texas until he passed away on 30 Oct 2012 was a dedicated researcher and prolific writer of things Wendish.  He was a dedicated Christian who wrote 40 hymns set to to traditional Lutheran music and often, along with his wife, Steffi, assisted the Concordia Historical Institute in St Louis, Missouri by transliterating and translating German documents and letters.  He had made significant contributions of books, papers, and electronic media files to the Texas Wendish Heritage Society, in Serbin, Texas.  This blog is an attempt to take his electronic media files and make them available to everyone.

We decided to use the term "Stockwendish" to identify this blog.  If you do not know what "stockwendish" means, you will need to read on.  Clicking on a title below will take you directly to the subject you click on.

Stockwendisch 

The Sorbs (Wends) 

The Manorial System

Hill-Forts

Christianization of the Wends 

What's in a Name? 

Alias - Gennant 

Place Names 

Half-Timbered Construction 

Some Observations about Researching the Wends 

My Foreign-born Ancestors Who Came to Texas 

Emancipation of the Peasants in Silesia and Saxony 

The Oder-Neisse Line 

Provinces (Länder) of Modern Germany after Unification 

German Immigration from 1821 to 1900  

Old Lutheranism and the Wends