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Name Cathy Petersen
Date 2009-11-09 12:26:52
Message Dear Ron,

Congratulations on this new website! I love it and am thrilled to see it! It will be a great resource for all Wends hunting for their history or celebrating their roots! Thanks for doing this! Cathy Petersen, Coordinator, Iowa Wends

Name Jim Blauer
Date 2009-11-09 13:04:38
Message It will be great to see the world wide interest from our fellow Wends.
Jim B.

Name Shirley (Mahlow/Mehlow) Schaper
Date 2009-11-09 17:27:47
Message This is fantastic! I'm a member of the Iowa Wends Study Group through my mother's marriage to a Wend descendant. Cathy Peterson has done an outstanding job of gathering information about the Iowa Wends and keeping everyone informed. I've been a genealogist for over 50 years and just wish my own family had access to a website like this. Good luck and I'm sure it's going to grow and even get better. Thank you for all your efforts!

Shirley (Mahlow/Mehlow) Schaper

Name ValSobo
Date 2012-04-18 08:21:09
Message I am in the US, but 'my' Wends came to Australia in the 1850-1860 migration, so my 'Wendish' self-identification will be Australian. My cousins and I have recently discovered each other and we're having a GREAT time!

@Jack Grueschow - have been working hard to follow AUS Wends on Find me there. Maybe I can help. Also check out Wendish Heritage Society of Australia

@Liza Supra - Wow! Your family was probably WITH my family on the Peter Gottefroy 1859, which dropped some passengers in South Africa before continuing to Adelaide, South Australia! You've found Passenger lists, right? I could help.

Great resource!!

Name Robert Clemons
Date 2009-11-12 17:04:01
Message My Grandparents were Mehlisch, Hanausch, and Riese, all immigrating to the USA in the late 1800's.

Name Ellen and Art Riese
Date 2009-12-04 17:02:04
Message I am anxiously waiting for contact with other "Wendish" people.

Name Mandy Yurth Wells
Date 2009-12-04 22:19:12
Message I am a descendant of the Drachhausen Wends. My maiden name before it was Americanized in the late 1800's was Jurth. Please contact me for further information.

Name Jeff
Date 2010-01-09 21:15:28
Message I am just beginning to research my heritage and came across your site. I was hoping to find some Canadian links but as it seem is usual you do not have any listed. If anyone can help send an email to

Name Roxanne Mehlisch
Date 2010-01-10 14:27:16
Message Thanks, Ron for your efforts doing this website and making it possible for the Wends of the World to unite. the website looks nice and is easy to navigate. it will get bigger and better as more people add information. I am very happy you are doing this for us. husband Gary has Markusch, Riese, Schmellick and Bohrisch in his family tree. Cathy Muschick Petersen, the leader of our Iowa Wends group has organized the Iowa Wends and this is the next step to have connections to the other groups of Wends. the Petersens and Mehlisch's are leaving soon for Germany and the area where we all immigrated from. i am sure she will make a report when we get back. keep up the good work,Ron.

Name Chuck Dube
Date 2010-02-01 07:26:41
Message I appreciate your wonderful efforts in support of a wider and deeper knowledge and appreciation of everything Wendish, Ron. I'm certain there are more members of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society who would be willing to do whatever would be helpful in your further developing this website into something widely known and well used.

Name Jackie Ryan Patterson
Date 2010-02-01 15:47:10
Message The Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group hosted a very successful meeting Jan. 16. The weather cooperated allowing people from over an hour's drive away to come together with folks from the Pembroke area. All want to learn more about the Wends. They were surprised to learn of the Iowa connection. A bus trip to Iowa is being planned for August. We hope that this will stimulate the Canadian Wends into coming together on a regular basis to look for ways they can celebrate their heritage. The UOVGG would be delighted to hear from all Canadian Wends including Wends who moved away from the Ottawa Valley. For more info on this group, see

Name D.G. Symmank
Date 2010-02-01 16:51:32
Message We celebrated our first ever children's Ptaci kwas at Serbin, Texas this year. Had five children from the St. Paul Lutheran school dressed in authenic Wendish wedding attire including the Braska, Sorka, Wron, and Bridesmaid and Groomsman. Rest of children were dressed as birds. Had an abundance of Wendish wedding soup for the packed house and pastries in the shape of birds for the children's desert.

Name Glenn Hobratschk
Date 2010-02-06 16:11:54
Message Ron, I appreciate all the hard work. This is a good idea. I hope it really takes off.

Name Mary Lou Bonnifield
Date 2010-02-14 00:42:26
Message I am a descendant of Matthaus Kolba who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1854. His son Christian was also on that ship with his wife, Maria Kaperick (Casperik) and two children. Matthaus died in New Ulm, Texas 14 Oct 1855. Christian, Maria and their family moved to Wisconsin. Maria passed away in Reedsburg, Sauk County, Wisconsin 14 Feb 1904. Christian moved to New Brighton, Nicollet County, Minnesota to live out his life with his daughter Ernestine Kolba Fluegge. Christian passed away in Brighton Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota on 15 Oct 1906 and is buried in the Brighton Lutheran Cemetery which stands on land his son-in-law donated to the Brighton Lutheran Church. I enjoy this site and hope to meet other descendants. Thank you for all your work.

Name Ben Hobratschk
Date 2010-02-24 19:54:46
Message Viel Glück mit diesem Projekt. Ich hoffe, daß es sehr erfolgreich wird!

Good luck with this project. I hope that it will become very successful!

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