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Name Jürgen Koswig
Date 2012-08-14 00:37:01
Message My name is of Wend and my ancestors lived in Lusatia at Grabin that was rensmed Finsterwalde in the 12th century. I am the 13th gereation of
the wellknown Lord Mayor of Finsterwalde Abraham Koszwig 15/08/1595-08/04/1684. The first Koszwig as Lord Mayor of Finsterwalde was Augustin Koszwig
in 1486.

Name Carel Ballack
Date 2012-08-27 10:07:07
Message thank you for the site. I have always wondered where and how we came to south africa. I have access to the family bible but have never seen it. I look forward to learning more about my family name and our history.

Name Darren W Mitchell
Date 2012-09-13 02:13:46
Message Hi I'm a direct descendent of one of the Schuppan's who migrated mid 19th C to Adelaide. Thanks for this interesting website.

Name rebeshko
Date 2012-11-16 05:57:04
Message Компания наймет на работу тестеров игр, возможна частичная занятость. Зарплата от 300 долл. Возможен прием на работу школьников и студентов.
Обязательно: желание играть в разные игры и получать от этого удовольствие, умение находить ошибки в играх (логические, погрешности дизайна и т.п.).
Если Вы решили, что эта работа Вам подходит, отправьте Ваше резюме (в свободной форме) на емэйл: rebesko"собачка"
Контактное лицо: Светлана.

Name Bredow,H.
Date 2012-11-19 18:24:23
Message Great site !Great idea,having a worldwide Wendish
Network.There seem to be more folks of Wendish background around than I thought ! Great !!!
Keep up the good work !


Name Carl Wendorff
Date 2013-01-23 13:12:39
Message Greetings, from Sidney Montana. I am so excited to learn of the history of the Wends. I have just discovered this rich heritage and resources available here. I've always wondered about my ancestral history, but I never dreamed it might possibly be this rich.

I grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. My grandmother is a genealogist and has traced both my mother's and father's family back to Pomerania, Prussia. During my undergraduate studies in theology and church ministry at Concordia, St. Paul, I spent 9 months on internship in Dallas, Texas. One weekend, I visited Austin and attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church, which has connections to the Texas Wends. I came so close to discovering the Wendish History, but at this time I had no idea of this rich heritage that I might have claim to. But I am glad to now have the opportunity to explore this heritage.

I have some work to do before I officially lay claim to the Wendish Heritage, but I will certainly use these resources to learn what I can. I'm sure I am experiencing the excitement that others have had in learning of this rich history.

Name R J Hanson
Date 2013-01-27 20:13:34
Message I just discovered your website. Thank you for starting this! I have started my genealogical journey, but cannot trace back very far using conventional means.

I discovered in 2006 that there was such a thing as DNA testing for genealogy! Last summer (2012) a new DNA SNP named L1029 was discovered, and I tested positive! One current hypothesis is that L1029 is a Polabian Slavic marker originating specifically with the ancient Venedi tribe. Today, the only Polabians left are the Sorbians!

I also tested more STR markers, and have been assigned to the Lusatian cluster (haplogroup R1a1a1b1a1b) in the R1a project. This would mean that sometime after about 500 BC, I have a chain of paternal ancestors who are in the same bloodline as you modern-day Sorbians! We are at least genetic cousins, or I may be fully Sorbian by my DNA!

I would like to encourage any Sorbian male in Lusatia who has a definite paternal family history of Sorbian male bloodline to test for as many Y-STR markers as you can (I did all 111), and to test for the SNP L1029. I used Then join the R1a or Polish project, and the administrators will advise you. (Disclaimer: I do NOT work for and there are other companies available.)

Enjoy the journey!

Name Clemens
Date 2013-04-06 09:28:34
Message Hello, I am Clemens and I am a real sorb and speak Upper Sorbian. And my parents too. I read a book about the Sorbs in Texas and then I came across detours on this great website. I had to smile sometimes when you watch but I really like this idea! Keep it up!

Name Al
Date 2013-10-31 03:32:19
Message Hey guys,

I'm also one of the wendish. The grandmother of my grandfather was wendish. They lived next to the city of Breslau. Where she was born, I actually don't know.

When WW2 begun they left Germany and came to Switzerland. Know we're here and I'm unfortunately the only one in my family who's interested in our sorbish/wendish history. I try to learn the language but it's quite hard if you're more or less the only wendish guy in the area

But it makes me happy, when I find pages like this one. So I see there are even more of us and that we all are looking for some connections with other wendish.

So thank you.

Best regards from Switzerland.

Name Wendy Meigs
Date 2013-05-03 12:32:33
Message Great site! My grandmother spoke fluent Wendish in Warda, Texas near Giddings.

Name Kay Von Dran
Date 2013-05-16 01:18:52
Message My father always claimed his father's family was German and is mother's family was Czech. However, when we lived in Germany, the local Germans did not think that our name (von Dran) was German. Of course there could be several reasons for this 1. wrong pronunciation 2.wrong spelling 3. name changed when family immigrated to US in the 1840's etc. I have done some ancestry research and I can trace my father's family back to the area in Germany where the Wends or Sorbs originated. Interesting site and I will be doing more research.

Name Maurie Forbes
Date 2013-05-29 07:28:31
Message My wendish connection was a passenger aboard the godeffroy arriving in Adelaide australia on 11.2.1849 German wendish immigrants to port Philip the 1849 ships his name was Carl rokesky he traveled to Hamilton vic and started a drapery and fancy goods store later turning to farming I have been watching wendish folk singers on u tube I love the culture and the costumes they wear as a boy I remember my grandmother wearing her hair as they do i will go to lusatia one day and see if I can trace his history there the rokeskys are my mothers side of our family and still farm in the western district of Victoria today

Name Glenis Hickey Andersen
Date 2013-07-19 20:54:57
Message I am Australian but live in San Diego California. I am delighted to find this web site. My mother's grandparents came to Australia in 1858 from a village called Werben near Cottbus. Their names were Christian Starick and Ernestine Henrietta Peucker. Christian with his parents and siblings left from Hamburg, sailed on the "Victoria", landed in Adelaide, settled briefly in Gawler in South Australia. In 1859 they made a 7 week ox cart journey to Western Victoria to take up land in Murtoa. Christian married Ernestine, the daughter of Christian Gottlieb Peucker in 1871. Twelve children were born in the marriage. Ernestine left Christian in 1901 and travelled with many of her children to Western Australia. She supported herself working as a midwife in and around the area of Gosnells. Christian is buried in the Murtoa cemetery and Ernestine in Perth.
I would like to hear from others whose ancestors are from the village of Werben.

Name Ewen Mickan
Date 2013-07-26 02:48:53
Message Travelling to Cortnitz Bautzen area in September to trace family history from Johan Mickan migrating to South Australia around 1840 I think. Hoping to find some records Somwhere.

Name Lloyd GLEESON
Date 2013-09-06 19:55:27
Message My gr gr grandparents were Johann KOSSATZ and Anna SCHLODDER from Drehnow. They married in the Peitz Wendish Church in 1836, and had 4 daughters – Maria, Anna, Elisabeth and Christiana. Johann died in 1850 age 40, and 3 years later Anna remarried – Georg KAINA from Preilack, and they had a son, Freidrich. In 1859 the family emigrated to South Africa, but after 5 years trying to make a living from the arid and infertile land they’d been allocated, they moved again - to New Zealand – perhaps the only Wends to come here! They were amongst the first settlers in Waipipi, a rich farming area on the southern shore of the Manukau harbour. I am a direct descendant of their daughter Anna, who married Heinrich CORDES (a bootmaker from Koblenz) in Auckland NZ in 1867.
For many years their arrival in NZ was a total mystery as the daughters still used their KOSSATZ surname, and there was no KOSSATZ family on any passenger arrival lists! I have only recently uncovered the KAINA connection, and found they travelled as “Georg and Anna KAINA and their 5 children.”!!
So don’t give up – all you Wendish Heritage seekers out there!
Lloyd GLEESON, New Plymouth, NZ.
(I am humbled by the hardship they endured to ensure their children had a better start in life than they.)

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