Category: Family History

L-R Florence Krause Wright and Magdalene Krause Harris

In and Around the Museum

We recently announced plans for a special display honoring the Texas Wends who served in World War I. It was no small feat, but the display was completed in time for Wendish Fest. Included with the items on display are a uniform, helmet and gas mask that belonged...

Dr. Ernst Kiesling – Father of the Safe Room

In 1854, 67-year-old Johann Kiesling decided to leave his home and head for Texas on the Ben Nevis with about 600 others to make a new home and start a new life. Johann brought with him his wife Hanna, age 57, and their three children: Johann, age 22;...

Family History Workshop

August 12, 2017, 9:00 am We are offering another chance for you to work on your own family history with expert guidance from Weldon Mersiovsky, who has many years’ experience in conducting genealogy research. Cost for the workshop is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Bring a...

Preserving a Culture

Students who applied for a 2016-17 Texas Wendish Heritage Scholarship were asked to write an essay that cited an example of something from his or her knowledge of Wendish culture, background, or family heritage that is unique to the Wends. Each applicant was asked to describe how he/she...

Family History Workshop

May 6, 2017, 9:00 am The next Family History Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the museum. 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...

Gruetzners Come to Texas

Prologue A man and his small family exit the carriage that has transported them from the train station to the Hamburg American shipping company’s pier in the port of Hamburg. As they huddle together against the cold wind coming off the Elbe River, they gaze at the steamship...

Mattheaus Kneschk Marker

Matthaeus Kneschk Gravemarker

Hier ruht in Frieden Jan Matej Knéžka Johann Matthaeus Kneschke John Matthew Kneschk geboren am 5. März, 1833 in Weisswasser, Preussen gestorben am 9. Januar 1909 in Sagerton, TX The accompanying photo is of the grave marker my brother and I made for our Wendish immigrant ancestor, Matthaeus...

Andrew Urban, Builder and Craftsman

Andrew (Andreas) Urban, A Wendish Craftsman Introduction by Dr. George Nielsen, Special Features Editor One aspect of Wendish life that is generally ignored in Wendish studies is the daily activity of making a living. While most Wends took up farming, there were also some who became craftsmen. One...

Wendish Research Exchange

To all current members of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society: You are entitled to access the Wendish family tree in the Genealogy section of the Wendish Research Exchange! Click the “Genealogy” tab at the top of the first screen, and then click “continue” at the bottom of the...

Fedor Soder Research

Many people of Wendish descent know the name Fedor Soder, the man who gave his name to the community of Fedor, Texas. Dr. George Nielsen, Rev Gotthilf Birkmann, Rev. Robert Hartfield, and Dr. George Engerrand, among others, have mentioned him in their research. Thought to be Jewish, he...