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.



The Sorbs (Wends)

The Manorial System


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


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. Prior to the Frankish conflicts the Sorbian tribes …

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The Manorial System

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. The manorial system in Lusatia began as soon as the Sorbs lost their independence.  Armed attacks against the Sorbs started in 806 under Charles the Great (Charlemagne) of the Franks …

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The Sorbs (Wends)

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 …

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