S: Journey to the Homeland 2011
FC: Journey to the Homeland | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Our tr | Our trip began May 18, 2011 with two days in Frankfurt, Germany. | We then traveled on to Odessa, Ukraine where we began our search for family history | Black Sea Beach | Vendor in Odessa
2: St Paul Lutheran Church, Odessa | St Paul Lutheran Church, Odessa | Hallway and our room at Central Hotel, Odessa
3: August Zaiser was born in Neu-Elft in 1831. He married Barbara Klass in 1865 after his first wife died. | They were parents to 5 children: August, Michael, Jacob, Johann, and Christina. Son Jacob was born August 10, 1870 and emigrated in 1888 to North America | Jacob married Maria Unterschultz in 1893 and they were parents to 9 children. Their son, August Jacob born November 6, 1906, is the father of Edward Zaiser | Neu-Elft, Bessarabien
5: Former Neu-Elft Lutheran Church, now Russian Orthodox | Zaiser Homestead
6: Standing Gravestones in Neu-Elft
7: Our travels then led us to Stuttgart, Germany
8: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
9: Stuttgart Germany Homeland Museum of Germany
10: Georgskiche and Zaiser house on right | Hans Zaiser listed in 1523 on house marker
11: Pastor's House with steps leading to church | St. George's Church from 1495 | Schwieberdingen, Germany
12: Zaiser House in Korntal | Horst and wife Hildegart. Horst's daughter and granddaughters
13: We visited second cousin Horst Zaiser. After fleeing the Russian Army, Horst's grandparents were able to prove German Citizenship through church records at St. George's Church in Schwieberdingen. They settled in Korntal
14: Our next stop was Sophienburg & Gruenfier, Posen, Prussia (now Poland) where Wendlandt family was baptized. Since we now entered Poland, we hired a Polish guide who drove us to the sites of our ancestors
15: St. Monica's Catholic, formerly Lutheran
16: The Fritz family came from Lipia Gora, Poland - or - Lindenwerder, Posen, Prussia. | Samuel Fritz, b. 1846, in the town of Lindenwerder. Samuel emigrated and settled in Bloomer Township. Many gravestones remain in Lindenwerder and the Polish people have erected a cross monument to the former German residents.
17: Main Street of Lipia Gora and church built in 1909 on site of original Lutheran church
18: Site of old Lutheran Church | Lipin-Hauland, Posen, Prussia
19: The Wendlandt family was from the village of Lipin-Hauland. Michael Fritz and Anna Radke were married at the Lutheran church in nearby Kolmar. The church was torn down, but the newer Catholic church houses the above painting - hung above the alter at the Lutheran church and a set of bells.
20: Margonin, Posen, Prussia
21: Margonin was a community near Lipin-Hauland and Lindenwerder. Gust Wendlandt was a shoemaker in Pila, also closeby. The Lutheran church in Pila was destroyed in WWII, but St. Paul's was rebuilt in 2011. | Village of Margonin, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and the Pastor of St. Paul's
22: Putekovki, Posen, Prussia
23: Our Ancestors | Johann Krenz lived in Piotrkowko with his wife Henriette. Four of their sons came to America between 1865 -1875. One of those sons, Julius Krenz, was the father of Anna Krenz Wendlandt. There is no church in this town but there is an abandoned Lutheran cemetery. | Most villages in Poland have a stork's nest. They are thought to bring good luck!
24: Czarnikau and Samter, Posen, Prussia Joahanne Schultz was baptized in 1822 in Czarnikau and married Johann Kelm there in 1846. Johann Krenz and Henriette Friske were married in Samter in 1844. The Lutheran church was torn down in 1945, but the site is now a park
25: Sites of Ancestral Lutheran Churches
26: Klingbeck, Pomerania, Prussia
27: Ferdinand Bansemer (b. 1835) and his wife Emilie were from Neustettin and Klingbeck, Pomerania. They came to America in the early 1870's. They had 4 daughters. One daughter, Bertha, married August Krenz.
28: Kortenthin, and Sebin, Pommern, Prussia | Our tr | Erdmann Preuss (b. 1830) lived with his first wife in Sebin. It is believed they attended this church. It is Catholic now, but was protestant at the time they lived in the area.
29: Our tr | After his first wife died, Erdmann lived with his second wife in Korenthin. All nine children came to America by 1890. The youngest son, Richard (b. 1880), is Arline Preuss Zaiser's father.
30: Losten, Germany ~or~ Losten, Grand Duchy of Mecklenberg Schwerin, Germany | John Schmidt (b. 1851) came to America in 1866 from Losten.
31: The food in Germany and Poland was just as we imagined. Cabbage Rolls and Gelato were our favorites. In Poland, we often ate with our Polish Guide
32: Osiek on the Notec, Poland One of the most enjoyable days was spent at the Museum of Folk Culture. We saw a typical German church, what farm life would have been like when our ancestors lived in the area, inside a German home, a typical kitchen, and other items used in German life.
34: August & Arline (Preuss) Zaiser Melvin (not pictured) & Helen (Schmidt) Wendlandt
35: "But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations." Job 8:10