Pommerscher Verein Freistadt
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The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
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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
August 17 1:00 EDT
Status in German Society 1500-1800: Where Did Your Ancestors Fit In?
with Dr. Roger P. Minert
This presentation applies to all German states including Pomerania. Thanks to a great extent to the very well-developed and rather inflexible feudal system in Germanic territories in Europe, our ancestors were quite stable in their social and economic status. The structure of classes (from the highest to the lowest) is described in this presentation, with an emphasis on correctly placing our ancestors on that social scale continuum. Advantages and disadvantages for our ancestors are discussed, as well as the advantages for modern historians searching for their ancestors in that world.
For information on attending this Zoom meeting see the link below:

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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Find the village where Great-grandma lived?
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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.