Pommerscher Verein Freistadt
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The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
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Pommerscher Verein Freistadt!
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Pommerntag Coming Soon!
Sunday, June 30
12:00 - 5:00
Mequon Rotary Park (East Entrance)
4100 W. Highland Rd.
(Note: Highland Rd and Mequon Rd exits off of I43 are closed. Closest exit is Pioneer Rd., then south)
A celebration of Northern German Culture
Alte Kameraden Band • Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers
Peggy Mueller and her Button Box
Genealogy Research • Cultural Displays
Fox Town Beer • Knockwurst • Cherry Soup
And more!
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Select the link "Intro to Pommern Research" in the red bar at the left to
see many, many pages on this site concerning Pomeranian research.

  Pomeranian Heritage Tour 2024 Update
The thirty-three travelers have returned from their mavelous 12 day adventure in the "homeland".  If you wish to get a glimpe of what the group enjoyed, check out our Facebook page: "Pommerntag".

Pomeranian Special Interest Group Webinar
Moving, Moving, Moving! Migration Patterns within Germany
with Ursula C. Krause
June, 15, 2024 at 1 p.m. EDT, 12 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. MDT and 10 a.m. PDT.
This presentation covers all of Germany including Pomerania.
Despite their reputation for being rooted to their localities, Germans do have a history of migration within their own country,
especially after the onset of industrialization in the mid-19th century.
Check this web page for information on registration:
Coming August 17
Status in German Society 1500-1800
with Dr. Roger Minert
More information to come

Deciphering Old German Script

Many members were able to enjoy Sarah Litzer's excellent presentation about Old German Script on March 9. Although it was not recorded, she did provide links and a bibliography. 

E. Bentz, Edna M. If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records. ©1982 (any
edition!): Edna M. Bentz, 13139 Old West Ave., San Diego, CA 92129
Heisey, John. German for Genealogy. Indianapolis, Indiana, 1985.
Mashey, Anne B. A Guide to Olde German Handwriting of the Mid-1800s. (No other information available)
Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents.  Roger P. Minert. 2001. 182 pages.
A great little website for practicing reading the old script is found here:
There is also a link from the above page to the following page:
where you will find a similar “tutorial” in the Fraktur or Gothic typeface.
dict.leo.org -- but remember that this will only give you modern translations, for the most part.
Did you ever wonder why this group is called the "Pommerscher Verein Freistadt"? Our backstory appeared in an article on the Wisconsin Public Radio website recently, in a feature "Home Away from the Homeland: Why So Many German Immigrants Chose Wisconsin". People ask questions about the state that made them curious, and their questions are answered in a segment called "Whyconsin". The feature was read on the air. You can read the feature here. https://www.wpr.org/why-so-many-german-immigrants-chose-wisconsin-ancestry

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Do you want to learn more about Pomerania?
Find the village where Great-grandma lived?
Share your Pomeranian heritage with the world?
You can do all of these by visiting our online store
to find books, maps, clothing, and more!
Just click on "Store" in the red bar at the left to go shopping.



Tour of Pomerania

The Pomeranian Heritage Tour Group gathered on the last night of the tour in Berlin. A tour of northern Germany and Poland, in what was once Pomerania, was most recently conducted in May-early June 2022.
Enjoy some photos of this and former trips below.