Are there others on this Tree House whose ancestors regarded themselves as being from Pommern?

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I have two sets of ancestors, one maternal, one paternal who came from Pommern.

On the maternal side the surname is Poenradt later changed to Penrod. The first ancestor came to New York around 1710; one of 3,000 who came in ships provided by Queen Anne of England.

My paternal relatives came to Michigan in the mid-late 1800s and early 1900s. Their surnames are: Schultz, Tollas, Loraff & Reischke.
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I do  not have Pommerian ancestry (that I know of) however this may help you some:


by Anonymous Anonymous G2G6 Mach 1 (16.2k points)
In reviewing maps of the region, the place names other than Pommern or Pomerania are more familiar. Those of us with Baltic ancestry of any heritage (and there are many) and especially those with North-eastern European place names including Russia would be well advised to search Pomeranian listings for their historic records. Most of the maps of the area have the dates of the map on them, though not all. This question should be vital to those researching Jewish, Polish, Russian ancestry, and even (I think I'm saying fact here, but maybe not) German ancestry. Certainly in the 1800s there were means of transportation, so for northern Germans, the Baltic areas were neighbors, and from Early English times (before the Tudors) the English were engaged in trade with all the Baltic nations.

PS: to connect with this Baltic Sea area, the email is

there's a membership charge in pls (unknown to me currency) and apparently one can register as a guest. The membership form is on that site:
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Building a bit on Roberta's comment -- I have been mulling this over the last few days. When the question was first posted, by coincidence Summer and I were launching Slavic Roots freespace project and I was researching to get  a better handle on the various ethnic subgroups among the Slavs.  Among them were listed, historically, the Pomeranians.

I understand the region fell under Germanic sway and was "Germanized" in the medieval period but I don't have a grasp on what the genealogical and genetic record suggests for those who identify as Pomeranian ... but if there is basis for connection in particular lineages, we certainly welcome participation in the Slavic Roots umbrella project.
by Michael Maranda G2G6 Mach 6 (66.9k points)
A nice write up of some of the history:

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