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The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
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Pommerscher Verein Freistadt!
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Please stay awhile.
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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.


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.

"Pomeranian Land Records as Vital Records Substitutes"
with Chris DeWuske of MyPomerania.com
Pomeranian Webinar sponsored by Pomeranian Special Interest Group
Saturday, April 20th 1 p.m. EST (U.S and Canada)
Use this link to get more information on how to register for this zoom meeting:

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

Pomeranian Heritage Tour 2024 Update

Although the time for advanced registration has passed, there MAY be still time to join the tour! The group will leave Chicago O’Hare via Aer Lingus on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. After changing planes in Dublin, we will arrive in Hamburg on Wednesday. The group will return to O’Hare the evening of June 9.  It is possible to meet the group in Hamburg or stay behind when we go home.

There will be a coach bus leaving somewhere in the Milwaukee area to travel to and from O’Hare for those who wish to use this service and park their cars. 

If you join this tour, there are opportunities to take individual “side trips” to ancestral homes in the Pomeranian region. 

The tour brochure is now posted in the red bar on the left. The brochure details how to make actual reservations, submit deposits, etc.  If you have other questions, email information@pommerscher.org.

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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.