Slavic Protestants in Exile:
The Exulanten in Saxony

Produced and Edited by Weldon Mersiovsky

Five Centuries: the Wends and the Reformation

Produced by The Wendish Press and Concordia University Press 

Texas Wendish Heritage Society

Witajcže K’nam

Family History Workshops

Want to learn more about how to research your family’s history? Family History Workshops are held several times a year at the museum in Serbin; the next one will be held on March 7, 2020.

Weldon Mersiovsky will be on hand to assist with your research and answer all your questions. The registration fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple, which will be used to increase the museum’s family history holdings and genealogy resources. Bring a printed copy of your family pedigree chart (if you have one), a sack lunch, and your laptop (if you have one).  Please contact Weldon Mersiovsky at (512) 863-6418 or the museum to reserve your spot.

The Absalom Delaplain League

In December 1854, Pastor John Kilian and the Wends who had called him as their pastor arrived in Galveston, Texas. Three more months would pass before they were able to acquire land, though. After a hard winter in Houston, the group finally received ownership of the Absalom Delaplain League in what is modern-day Lee County on March 20, 1855. Click below to learn more about the Delaplain League and its history. Copies of the map shown are also available for purchase from the Texas Government Land Office.

Weldon’s Quick Links

Be sure to visit the following links and learn more about Dr. Peter BarkerDr. Gerald Stone and Rev. Gotthilf Birkmann!

Visit the Forum – it is like an online reference library!

More Interesting Links:
Online Lee County Records
Civil War: Wends in Waul’s Texas Legion
Newest Submitted Links
Short Wendish Lessons by Charles Wukasch
The Most Recent Rumplich Story


The Rev. Dr. Elmer Hohle provides the Lord’s Prayer at the 2018 Wendish Festival in Serbin. In Wendish, German, and English. What a magical moment for all of us! Thank you, Kari Kooi, for providing this video. Also, read more about this fantastic man’s works. He is truly a Texas Wendish treasure. 

Birth Notices
 are now being added in the Lee County Scrapbook

Wolsch – Kneschk Family History
 has been added to the Forum. Over 30 years of “A Search For August” Wolsch. Read this remarkable writeup of Wendish family history. Yours may well be similar!

Iselt, Patschke, Kieschnik, and Wuensche 
are being updated in Genealogy.


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. 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.

Featured Sections/Items

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

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

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

This site is 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:

Richard Gruetzner
Weldon & Jean Mersiovsky 
Kathe Richards
Dan & Suzanna Carter

Tonya Zoch-Hettler
Dr. George Nielsen
Bill and Steffi Biar
Rev. Dr. Elmer Hohle

Bob & Pat Proft 
Bill Schkade
John & Margaret White
Steve Weise

Dave Goeke
Russell Schwausch
Sylvia Chase-Meadows
Marlene Magness

… 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!