Pommerscher Verein Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
Welcome to the website of the
Pommerscher Verein Freistadt!
We are glad you came to visit. 
Please stay awhile.
Be sure to explore the links in
the red bar on the left.
Regular meetings, both in person and via Zoom, resumed in May 2021. For details, click on "Events" in the red bar to the left.
If you are a member, be sure to log in before exploring the website.  
There are features that only appear to members.  Log-in by clicking "Member Log-in" found in red bar on the left.  If you are renewing your membership or joining online, that is also found there.
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Pomeranians to Australia
January 22, 2022, 4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)
Language: English
A significant number of Pomeranians immigrated to Australia in the 19th century. Why did they choose to come to Australia (and New Zealand)? What was the journey like? Where did they settle? What was their influence on their communities?
Presenter, Eric Kopittke, is a family historian, presenter, and author with a strong interest in Germany and the former German Empire. He has been researching his family since 1985 – in Australia, England, Germany, and the former parts of Germany that now lie in Poland. For over 20 years he has convened the Queensland Family History Society’s Central European Interest Group and is part of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance.
Pomeranians to Australia Registration:

Congratutions to Barbara Zanzig of Bothell, Washington and Mary Haarmann of Waukesha, Wisconsin who won a free year's membership in the Website Challange below!  It's too late to enter, but you can still find out a lot about our organzation by hunting for the answers.
Website Challenge
All of these answers are found on this website. 
1. Award winning author Kathleen Ernst has launched a new mystery series with a Pomeranian main character. 
     What is the name of that main character?
2. Our website has on online store. What is the name of book number 10 in that store?
3.  Who is in charge of creating the German Fest culture display for this group?
4.  What is the date of the oldest newsletter available on our website?
5. In what year was the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt founded?
6. Membership in the group offers access to how many names in an online database?
    (Hint: the database, NOT the index)
7. What is Erntedankfest?
8.  On what date does the group plan to leave for Pomerania in 2022?
9.  When is Pommerntag held?
10.  What is the Freistadt Heritage Foundation?

Lies of Omission
    New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Ernst's new mystery series features a Pomeranian immigrant as the main character!  Our group was privileged to have her debut the Hanneke Bauer Mystery Series in our November meeting. If you wish to order a copy, follow the link below or call 
(608) 283-9332.        
We will also be selling the book through our online store when it becomes available.

Pommeraian Heritage Tour Update Good news! 
A tour IS planned for May 23 - June 4, 2022!
The 2022 brochure for the tour is posted as a download on the red bar at the left for your information. The people who had planned to go on the 2020 tour had first chance
at the new spots, and now it is open to others who wish to go.
December 2021 disclaimer: The tour is still planned, but there are uncertanties about the current variant and some borders are shut down again. As everyone knows, the rules change frequently. If we are allowed to enter, it appears certain that tour members will need to be vaccinated.  Currently, the tour guide is reporting that everyone is required to show proof of vaccination or have a valid negative test within 24 hours to enter any place of business.


The membership year for the PVF is January 1 - December 31.
If you are NOT a member, but wish to join in order to access "hidden" parts of this website, including the online database of 175,000+ names, please click on "Join" button to the left.

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Because of increased printing and mailing costs, PVF voted in 2017 to charge an additional $5.00 for each member who requests to receive the newsletter through the U.S. mail. When you choose to renew online with PayPal and credit card, if you simply click the "Renew" button, you will only be set up to get the newsletter via e-mail. If you wish to receive the paper copy by U.S. mail, please also add $5.00 under "Optional donation" on that same page. (Naturally, other donations are gratefully accepted as well!). Thank you! 

Receive the Rundschreiben (newsletter) by USPS mail AND e-mail

Individual $20.00/year
Family $25.00/year
Non-voting Associate or Organization $17.00/year 

Receive the Rundschreiben (newsletter) by e-mail only: 

Individual $15.00/year
Family $20.00/year
Non-voting Associate or Organization $12.00/year

Online Pommern Connection Session Recordings


2nd Online Pommern Connection Session.

Pomeranian Sources in the English Language.

On YouTube: search for "Online Pommern Connection Session".


3rd Online Pommern Connection Session.

One Thousand Years of Pommern History.

On YouTube: search for "Online Pommern Connection Session".

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 in front of the
Pommersches Landesmuseum in Greifswald, Germany in May 2017.
The museum specializes in the history of Pomerania.
Tours of northern Germany and Poland, in what was once Pomerania,
were most recently conducted in May 2015 and May 2017. Enjoy some photos of the trips below.