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Conversion! We are GREEN!

We apologize for the rough performance of the ManyRoads site during this time.  Because of the increased use and traffic on our site we are transferring everything  to a new server, rather than continuing to limp along on an old PC located in our basement.  Aside from providing us with more space, we should have(…)

Site Guest Functions!

We are very pleased to announce our newest Guest tracking tools. You can see where ManyRoads website readers have come from. Simply click on the Guests menu options (either on the top of the page or on the right hand menu). You will be take to a page that contains a visitors map. Enjoy! Oh(…)

Geschichte einer Flucht aus Heiligenwalde in Ostpreussen

Autor: www.heiligenwalde.de 25. Januar 1945 Heute musste meine Mutter mit mir und meinen 3 Brüdern das schöne Heiligenwalde verlassen. Mein Vater wurde in den letzten Kriegstagen noch zum Volkssturm eingezogen. Vorher hatte er mit seiner Landwirtschaft auch dafür Sorge tragen müssen, dass er in angemessenem Rahmen die Versorgung der Soldaten an der Front mit landwirtschaftlichen(…)

Kriegs- und Nachkriegserinnerungen

Von Carl W. Gaede Ich bin im Dezember 1936 in Kaiserslautern in der Pfalz in Deutschland geboren. Mein Vater war Offizier in der Infanterie des deutschen Heeres. Mutter und  Carl Am 7. Januar 1944 von 2:47 bis 3:25 Uhr nachts und noch einmal um 11:45 Uhr am folgenden Morgen wurde das westliche Wohnviertel von Kaiserslautern(…)

The Expulsion of Germans

Original Article (used within terms of Fair Use) By Dr. Alfred de Zayas -The main speaker at the premiere of the documentary travelling exhibition ” In the Claws of the Red Dragon” in Pittsburgh [in 1999], organized in cooperation with Dr. Marianne Bouvier and B. John Zavrel,was Dr. Alfred de Zayas, a prominent expert in(…)

Die letzten Tage – Januar und Februar 1945

Original Article (used and enhanced within the terms of Fair Use) Videos: (videos may load slowly) Der Zerstörung Elbings Sowjetische Nachrichten über das Ende Elbings Eroberung Elbings- 1945 Images: Elbing After the Destruction 1945 Marienburg Damals Ost und Westpreussen in der Krieg Pruessen in der Nachkriegszeit     Die Reportage: Der folgende Bericht beruht auf Datenunterlagen(…)

Bericht über die End-Kämpfe um Elbing

Alfred Neubert, Hannoversch Münden, Burgstraße 15/16, den 18. August 1946 Videos: (videos may load slowly) Der Zerstörung Elbings Sowjetische Nachrichten über das Ende Elbings Eroberung Elbings- 1945 Images: Elbing After the Destruction 1945 Marienburg Damals Ost und Westpreussen in der Krieg Pruessen in der Nachkriegszeit     23. Januar bis 10. Februar 1945 Die Verteidigung Elbings(…)

Kirche Zeyer (evangelisch)

Original Source (used with author’s permission) Autor: Günter Mauter Fast ein Kuriosum ist ein Teil der Geschichte der evangelischen Kirche von Zeyer. Als am 22. Januar 1920 der Kreis Großes Werder amtlich wurde, befand sich das Dorf Zeyer im Freistaat Danzig, während die Kirche und die Kirchenhäuser mit ca. 35 Bewohnern auf Elbinger Gebiet lagen.(…)

Updated & New Information

20 October was a very productive day at the Family History Center.  Aside from starting a bit late due to delayed keys, a lot of new information was discovered including: all the dates of birth and christenings for Richard Senger’s siblings were unearthed a previously unknown sibling for Richard was found, Theodor Senger birth dates(…)

Selbst Jauche half uns nicht

Auszüge aus dem Text von Charlotte Kaufmann (used within terms of Fair Use) Die schlimmste Zeit meines Lebens begann vor etwas mehr als 60 Jahren,genau im Januar 1945. Auch nach dieser langen Zeit sind die Narben nicht verheilt. Die Auswirkungen sind bis heute spürbar. Dieses Schicksal teile ich mit hunderttausenden Frauen und Mädchen aus den(…)

The LDS & Zeyer ev. Kirche Records

Yesterday was the very first time I was able to view Zeyer Church records, courtesy of my local LDS (Mormon) Church Family History Center and the Salt Lake City, UT Genealogy LDS Offices. I can hardly find the words to explain the experience. It was like a trip into the past. I had my very(…)

The “Great War”

Lest we forget the insanity of war… these images are dedicated to all whose lives were unalterably changed by WW1 and its aftermath. World War I: Battle Of Verdun 1/4 World War I: Battle Of Verdun 2/4 World War I: Battle Of Verdun 3/4 World War I: Battle Of Verdun 4/4     Related Articles(…)

With apologies to our readership

Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions we have had to make numerous history pages private. In deference to the author’s copyright, we are unable and unwilling to publicly share any information we obtain directly from Peter Gagne’s outstanding works. We do this out of respect for his outstanding efforts on our behalf. Quite frankly without his(…)

Zum Gedenknis- In Memory

For those who thought that WW2 was long over, a rude reminder of its horrors and brutality have once again surfaced in the former home of our Senger family.  In just the past year, more than 2000 people were found buried in a mass grave.  It is thought that all were killed/ died at the(…)

Luftgau Kommando VII

This is the last unit in the Luftwaffe to which Luise Senger (Rabideau) belonged. all material which follows on this page © 1997-2005 Michael Holm Chef des Stabes: ? Obstlt Eckhard Krahmer, 1.7.38 – 1.4.39 Oberst Bruno Maass, 1.4.39 – 5.3.43 Oberst Otto Petzold, 5.3.43 – 8.5.45 Formed 4.2.38 in München from Luftgau-Kommando XIV.

Danzig History

DANZIG / GDANSK This page is concerned with the history of the whole Danzig territory as set up in 1919, not only with the town of the same name. (Please note the site from which this history was duplicated and edited no longer is functioning: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Rotunda/)

The Sengers -1920 to 1944

Richard Senger was a successful German farmer (Landwirt)  in West Prussia. He worked and cared for his family’s farm with the help of his wife (Frieda), children (Luise & Erich), his brother Rudolf (Onkel Rudolf, known simply as Onkel) and his sister-in-law Erna Recht (Tante Erna). The homestead and lands had been in the Senger(…)

Pierre Tremblay

Source Pierre Tremblay, ancestor to the largest french- canadian family was originally from Randonnay, in Perche Normandy. Only head of family with that name who came from France, he is the ancestor to all Tremblay families in America.

Pierre Miville

Source Swiss blood runs in your veins. In fact, Pierre Miville, your ancestor, was born in 1602 at Fribourg in Switzerland. Married there in 1629, he crossed over to Canada in the spring of 1649 with his wife and six children. He received a grant of land on the coast of Lauzon across from the(…)

Robert Drouin

Source He was in Canada in 1636 and in 1641, he already had a farm near the Rivière aux Chiens (river of dogs). His marriage contract of July 27 1636, (one year after the religious ceremony) which was concluded in the house of Robert Giffard and executed by Jean Guyon du Buisson in the absence(…)

Claude Bouchard

Source Claude Bouchard, a tailor from Saint-Cosme-de-Vair in Maine, France, first settled on the coast of Beaupré to the east of Québec. He was nicknammed “little Claude” to distinguish him from a namesake and because of his stature.


I am not certain if there will be multiple posts here or simply one on-going post. Either way, I think it is worthwhile sharing some thoughts on ‘doing genealogy’ work. The first thing I noticed when I began tracing genealogical information is that there is lots of it!  Some is easy to find, some is(…)

Richard Senger- The Long Road

In late winter of 1944/45, the Senger’s farm was overrun and occupied by a command of the advancing Russian armies.  The family furniture and possessions were stolen by non-Germans;  the lives and history of the Senger family were unalterably, irretrievably changed. Only the Senger farm and two other farms in the village of Zeyervorderkampen remained(…)

Frieda Senger- Post WW2 Gulag

As the Russians invaded West Prussia near the end of World War 2, they rounded up abled bodied Germans to ‘work’ a slave labor in their Gulags.  These ‘unlucky’ Germans (some three million) were shipped by train to forced labor camps in the far East.  Frieda Senger, along with her friend and neighbor, Edith Ebel,(…)

Gulag Perm-36

Although, we now know with certainty that Frieda Senger was not interned in Perm-36 Gulag; it does represent a Gulag proximate to her location.  The photos in this article represent a good approximation of the Gulags in Chelyabinsk. Frieda Senger spent 2 and one half years starting in 1945 in the Gulags. Somehow, she was(…)

Our Filles a Marier

In order to classify our early Canadian forebears, we have decided to use the descriptions of The Filles a Marier developed by Peter Gagne. Note all those without links will soon have information pages for you to read… please be patient while the information is added to our site. All others have their tales described(…)

Filles à Marier –”Marriageable Girls”

The information contained in this Posting was sourced from numerous websites (all noted below) and is presented here to facilitate our genealogical research.  All rights belong to the original authors. This is being used under the laws of ‘fair use’. Source of the original materials that follows. Between 1634 and 1663, 262 filles à marier(…)

Carignan-Salières- our soldiers

Based upon the research we have done, it appears that the Rabideau’s are descended from a number of the Carignan-Salières Regiment.  As you will note, none of our forebears held particularly high rank.  They were, instead, the ‘backbone’ of their units!  You will see the various men highlighted in blue on the posting containing the(…)


This site and effort is dedicated to all my forebears.  Without them we (my family) would not exist.  Their lives, their loves and their journey has made us who we are and who we will become. Special recognition however is merited to: Robert R. Henss- he began the family genealogy effort and set a standard(…)

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