People, Place, and Time

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A man named William Haasch was born in Treptow, Pommerania at the end of the 19th century. He’s not a close relative of the other Haasches in Milwaukee, instead sharing a common ancestor about 1750. 

He trained to be a civil servant for the district, and ended up in charge of sorting and preserving genealogical records for the area. During World War I, there was pressure to collect scrap paper and recycle it at mills for new use, so his job was to determine what paper was useful and what wasn’t. 

He got interested in doing genealogy, and compiled the history of the Haseke clan, via access to all the original documents still in existence. This allowed him to reconstruct the family tree back to about 1550, with educate guesses about descent from the mid 14th century, when the Haseken farmstead was granted by the local nobility to the clan. He reconstructed all branches of the Haasch clan that were in Pommerania up to the 20th century, including the branch that the Milwaukee Haasch group comes from (Ferdinand Haasch’s descendants), who he calls the “House of Seehof,” since they moved away from Lietzow (the original home town) to Seehof (a few miles away).

He did most of this work in the 1920s, and then emigrated to Milwaukee, because employment in Pommerania was very bad. After he left, World War II happened, and Pommerania was ethnically-cleansed of germanic people. The ensuing destruction of churches and records means that, today, we have very few available records for most of Pommerania. The town he lived in, and all the other relevant towns, are now a part of Poland. 

This means that it’s very likely that if William Haasch hadn’t done the work when he did, it would have been lost forever.

Source: William Haasch’s “Haasch Stammbuch 1631AD,” edited by Don Haasch.


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3 comments on “Untitled

  1. Christine
    April 26, 2013

    I haven’t been able to figure out how to contact you from this website. I am related to an Olga Haasch (1863 Brandenburg) , father Ferdinand Haasch, mother Albertina (Kapitzke?). Ferdinand Haasch and his grown up family immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1888/1889. Olga’s two other siblings that immigrated with them are Marie Helene Haasch, and Georg Max Haasch. I don’t know more than this, and in this post you mention distant relatives. Are my ancestors distant relatives? Thank you for taking the time to respond.

    • Clare Cook
      January 12, 2014

      Christine, I’ve now added a contact form at the top of the blog. I’m not sure about the connection between the two Haasch families – my first guess is that if they are related, it is pretty distant. I don’t have your email address, but contact me if you’re still interested in talking.

    • Mr. Môniyâw
      September 10, 2014


      I have absolutely no doubt that we are related. It’s hard to sort out where, though, because their names are very slippery. Prussians usually had three names, and one of them was their “call” name. So your “olga” could have been Maria Olga Helene Haasch or something, and depending on who was writing the record, she could have been marked as any of those things. I think I have your Olga Haasch in my tree, married to Jacob Martini, died in Mwaukee Apr 25 1902. I got that out of the death certificate archives for Mwaukee. But I don’t have any relations for her – she’s just hanging out there in space. I am a direct descendant of Johann Christian Ferdinand Haasch (See what I mean about the call names), who went by Ferdinand. He was born 1823 in Mackfitz, Regenwalde, Pommerania. I don’t know if he’s your Olga’s father or not – he had at least 9 children with Johanna Arndt.

      There is a very precious book put together by a Haasch back in 1930 who had access to all the archives in Pommerania before they were burned in WWII and lost forever. I can send you a PDF of it if you e-mail me. It may help you.

      – Jeff

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