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Pommerscher Verein 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.
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
Upcoming online programs from Pomeranian Special Interest Group
September 16, 2023 at 1 p.m. EST
Featuring two speakers.
Practical Advice for Pomeranian Reseach presented by Dr. Klaus D. Kohrt.
Learn suggestons for locating your ancestor's place of origin in Pomerania, how to contact churches and archives, and how to track down descendants living in Germany today.
Post War in No Man's Land presented by Dr. Katharina Matro.
Dr. Matro will describe life of rural Pomeranian's before WWII and how it changed, life in the manor homes and those of rural workers, Pomeranians relationship to the land, and changes in government before, during and after the war.
This is a free event for PSIG subscribers and a paid event for non-subscribers.
If a non-subscriber wants to just attend the event it is $15, if they want to become a subscriber it is $20.
Use this link which tells how to register for this event:
October 28, 2023 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Marriage and Courtship in Germany - 1500 to 1800 presented by Dr. Roger P. Minert.
This subject applies to all German states including Pomerania.
Grandma, where are you? Pomeranian Heritage Tour Detailed
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.
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.
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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.