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The Wild Hunt- An old Germanic Story of Ghost Riders in the Sky

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Cover image- Johann Wilhelm Cordes, Wilde Jagd Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons A ferocious storm hit my corner of California in December. The wind howled as it battered the house, moaning sounds came down the chimney, doors rattled, and we could hear branches cracking outside. A sudden popping sound, and we were plunged into darkness. […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

Germanology Unlocked- Old German Handwriting & Genealogy

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There’s a running joke lately that says we can frustrate and confuse the whole next generation by using handwriting instead of printing. And anyone hoping to research their German Genealogy from original documents… or even read letters from their Oma… understands that frustration all too well. I’ve written before about German Handwriting, and how it’s […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

Johannes Kepler, His Mother Katharina, and Witchcraft!

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Johannes Kepler… German mathmatician, astronomer, astrologer… he wrote the laws of planetary motion, was appointed mathematician to the Holy Roman Emperor, and he is considered the father of modern optics. But also….the son of a WITCH? It’s hard to believe, but Johannes Kepler put his career on hold, and spent 6 years defending his widowed […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

German Museums and Cultural Heritage Centers in North America

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German Museums and Cultural Centers do what they can to preserve the history of Germans in North America. They come in all sizes. Many hold exhibits of objects and ephemera, some are living museums that allow visitors to immerse themselves in another time, and others are a treasure trove for genealogists. Please help me add […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

West Germany’s Economic Miracle -Wirtschaftswunder

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Cover image- Wirtschaftswunder Deutschland nach dem Krieg -Josef Heinrich Darchinger After spending a few semesters in mandatory Economics class at University I am certain of three things: 1. It’s virtually impossible to get more than two economists to agree on anything. 2. Guns and Butter are almost impossible to balance. 3. Taking a 7am Economics […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

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