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Amazing! Wonderful. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our readership. During the month of Septemeber, we experienced our largest readership ever, nearly 6500 of you stopped by for a bit. More precisely, 6497 of you visited. Never before had we crested 5000 vistors in one month, let alone 6000. We hope you will […]

Otto Wedhorn- Ella Recht Family

The Otto und Ella Wedhorn history is unusually sad one.  It is also one of resilience.  Otto and Ella were Luise Senger’s Aunt and Uncle (Ella was sister to Frieda Recht).  Our families had basically been lost to each other until 2011 when Norbert Grohmann contacted me here on ManyRoads. Otto Wedhorn was born on […]

Technology Advantages

Technology can and should be an crucial adjunct to your genealogical efforts.  As a matter of fact, I contend that no effort is complete, nor can your genealogy efforts be fully effective, without effective technological support.  The support can be as simple as using a word processor or as complex as writing large databases to […]

Russian Human Rights Memorials

While doing research today, I came across two affiliated human rights sites in Russia.  Both seem interested in archiving, remembering, and teaching about oppression of the past and present in Russia and the old Soviet Union. Memorial Memorial is a movement which arose in the years of perestroika. Its main task was the awakening and […]

Chelyabinsk, RU

Today while I was reviewing at the locations of the ManyRoads readers I came across, what for me was, a rather large surprise.  ManyRoads had a reader from Chelyabinsk, RU.  For those who follow the site closely, you will note that this is the same town where my Oma (grandmother) was forced to work for […]

ManyRoads Updates – Sept 11 2010

A lot has gone during the past month or so. Not only have we added a lot of new material to ManyRoads but we have achieved some important milestones, as well.  Per normal, rather than bore you with a lot of details, I will outline most of the key happenings. But before I do that, […]

Geneabloggers & ManyRoads

ManyRoads is pleased to announce that we have been published on Geneabloggers. It is our hope to have generalized thoughts & opinions available for publication on that great site on a monthly basis (or thereabouts!). Like most things, our publication schedule will ‘most likely’ be semi-irregular.  Kind of like me, semi-irregular. We encourage you to […]

Outside the box

Genealogy is where you find it. Most often those looking for their relatives follow the tried and true paths of searching the Internet as well as searching the ‘traditional’ genealogy venues such as town halls, LDS Family History Centers, etc. Many people even go so far as to restrict their searches to the Internet only, […]

The best non-genealogy genealogy places #3

I debated whether or not this was the correct title for my posting but settled on it anyway! I really do not have a long list of items to present here, but rather a very small listing with only two, wonderful, non-genealogy genealogy places; they are: Flea markets Antique shows Yesterday, my wife, mother-in-law and […]

NGS Videos

If you have not seen this video, I recommend it.  It provides a good basic introduction to the National Genealogical Society (NGS), what they offer, and who they are. View the NGS production— Paths to Your Past Other videos available from NGS include: Finding Your Family at the National Archives (25.8MB) NGS & NARA (21.4MB) […]

Some nice notice for ManyRoads!

ManyRoads has had the great good fortune of being linked on several very nice genealogy websites. I must admit I am really pleased with the listings. I am also a bit ashamed to say that I missed noticing one of them for more than 8 months. I guess that just shows how ‘quick’ I can […]

Remembering the sorrow…

What a cruel thing is war…to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world. Robert E. Lee Wars are destructive. The glory of war is an illusion. Wars accomplish little more than to cause death, heartache, pain, and loss. If you have […]

Thoughts on genealogy

Based on some very insightful and caring comments from an email friend and genealogist, today I have taken a pause to reflect. What do I mean when I wish people “pax vobiscum”; how does the world deal with difference, historical wrongs, reconciliation? Obviously there are no simple answers here but I do have some thoughts […]

Verda Marie Rich Henss

The following obituary was published in Mennonite Weekly Review: 8 Dec 1926 p. 7 Verda Marie Rich, wife of Paul Henss, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Rich, May 9th, 1905 near Crawfordsville, Iowa and departed this life in Wayland, Iowa, November 27, 1926 at the age of 21 years 6 months and […]

Speaking at: Parker Family History Center

Tell your friends!  It’s now official. I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the Parker (Colorado) LDS Family History Center. Meeting Location: Parker LDS Church Colorado 7160 E Bayou Gulch Rd Parker, Douglas, Colorado, United States Phone: 720-851-0916 My session will take place on 16 Sept. 2010.  The presentation will run […]

ManyRoads- apology!

I apologize for the fact that ManyRoads was down this morning (18 August 2010) from about 0200 until 0900 Mountain Daylight Time. Late last night, we experienced a resource usage problem and exceeded allowable usage limits on our server. A software script (cron) created too many ‘background processes’, ran wild, and ate up a lot […]

Nine Questions About Friends (Quakers)

Numerous Henss forebears were devote Quakers. Robert Owen was even incarcerated for 5 and a half years for his beliefs and finally brought to the New World from Wales by William Penn. The following 9 Questions provide good insight into Quaker (Friends) traditions and beliefs. Who are the Quakers? Quakers are members of the Religious […]

Gerald Deyo

Gerald Deyo was one of the first US paratroopers trained in Panama, during World War 2. After his training, he became a member of the the 503 Parachute Battalion. Ultimately he attained the position of Jumpmaster. During the war, Gerald was based in Australia and fought mostly in New Guinea. On one of his jumps […]

Clarence Deyo

Clarence Deyo spent most of World War 2 as a platoon Sargent in the Timberwolf Division fighting through France and into Germany. While in Northern France his platoon unwittingly captured a German payroll truck. After the capture, his squad got drunk and burned all the money to keep warm. Clarence’s most traumatic incident in the […]

Tools for date calculations

Date calculations are quite useful and necessary in doing genealogy work. If you are like me, I constantly need to count backwards and forward from one event to another: death to birth, birth to marriage, etc. I find this type of calculation is more necessary when there is a paucity of information and documentation available […]

Changes on ManyRoads

The changes are a-coming! Some of the changes to the site are fairly significant others tiny.  However, although I have tested them all, I would greatly appreciate hearing from our readers if they are either helpful or problematic.  Please use our contact page or the comments on this page to let me know what you […]

Erich Senger

Erich Senger was born in Zeyersvorderkampen, West Prussia on 10 Dec 1921 to Richard and Frieda Senger. He spent his youth growing up on the Senger farm along with his sister Luise. Erich was a mischievous, precocious and inventive child. As a children he and his sister Luise walked from their home across the Schulweg […]


ManyRoads has been acknowledged as providing a helpful source of original Prussian & German archives and documentation by Archivalia.  You may see our mention on their site. As perhaps most of you already know, it is our objective to be a provider of useful genealogical and historical information, especially with regards to those areas we […]

Genealogy within context

Learning about your past, the past, any past requires an open mind and open eyes. An attention to detail, circumstances, and motivation are crucial. Preconceived notions, biases and wishes need to be set aside so that a clear and open mind is available to absorb the scenery. As an Frank Zappa once said: A mind […]

Winnie the Pooh on Genealogy #2

As I have mentioned before, it never ceases to surprise me how much Winnie the Pooh knows about life, genealogy included. I searched and found the following quotes and they just seemed to be very insightful. I hope you find them so as well. “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on […]

ManyRoads Improvements

In an effort to improve the speed and performance of ManyRoads, we have initiated several crucial improvements. At least, I hope they are improvements. Included among these are: Installed Cache (Quick Cache Plugin) on the site; our cache is set to refresh every 60 minutes and immediately on page changes We tweaked our wp-config file […]

Milestone Event

ManyRoads achieved a significant milestone during the month of July 2010. Over 5000 of you visited our site! Thank you! We hope to see you here often. Please know that if there is information or improvements you wish to share, we are eager to hear from you. Do not hesitate to use our contact page […]

ManyRoads Update- July 2010

A lot has gone during the past month or so. Not only have we added a lot of new material to ManyRoads but we have achieved some important milestones, as well.  Rather than bore you with a lot of details, I will outline most of the key happenings. But before I do that, a couple […]

Genealogy Courses and Certificates (Tuition)

This list of Genealogy Courses & Certificates is by no means complete. If you know of certifications or courseware that you think should be on ManyRoads please use our contact page or email me directly. If you have comments to share on any of these they are also most appreciated. NGS American Genealogy: Home Study […]

John & Isabella (Solomon) Musgrove Family- a brief history

John & Isabella (Solomon) Musgrove are in the Henss branch of our family lineage. We are in search of additional information and photos regarding John & Isabella that may be available. We are especially keen to find military information (for John’s service and death), gravestone images, marriage documentation and death certificates. Please use our contact […]

Isaac Wade and Keziah (Musgrove) Allen- a brief history

Isaac W. and Keziah Allen are in our Henss family lineage. We are in search of additional information and photos regarding Keziah and Isaac Wade  that may be available.  We are especially keen to find gravestone images, marriage documentation and death certificates. Please use our contact page if you have any information to share. 1870 […]

Here today…gone tomorrow

Grab the data while you can.  I guess that is what every online genealogist needs to have as their motto these days. Today I uploaded a very useful (helpful) WordPress plugin called: Broken Link Checker- It checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found. […]

Robert & Jane (Vaughan) Owen- 1684

Robert Owen, of Dolserau, came over in the ship Vine, of Liverpool, sailing from Dolyserre, near Dolgules, Merioneth, with his wife, Jane, son Lewis, and a servant boy and four maid servants, and arrived at Philadelphia in Sep. 1684. He had been a Justice of the Peace at Dolserau, near Dolgelly, (and near Bala), Where […]

John Hall- Revolutionary Mysteries

I am currently working on a portion of the Henss family and am ‘visiting’ Virginia/ Maryland at the time of the Revolutionary War. The person I am closely examining is a Mister John Hall; his wife is Mary Magdelene Smith. I just love it when the names are so incredibly unique! So here goes, I […]

Keziah Hall (Musgrove)

This page is under development; research is on-going Note: additional source materials are currently being sought. Keziah Hall (Musgrove) 1782 In her father’s Will of 1794, Keziah, his youngest child, was given ‘one Negroe Girl named Patt at my wifes death Likewise one Feather Bed & Cow & Calf.’ Since her mother lived to 1833, […]

25th Iowa Volunteer Infantry- Civil War

What follows is a brief history of the Civil War Unit in which John Musgrove 3. Sgt. fought and died. A brief visual tour of the Iowa 25th at Vicksburg is also available online on a National Parks website. source 25th Regiment Infantry Organized at Mount Pleasant and mustered in September 27, 1862. Ordered to […]

Isaac & Jackson Allen Family History in 1888

Source[ref]ManyRoads Iowa Library see p.334 Original Text: Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Governors of Iowa, and of the Presidents of the United States. Chicago: Acme Pub., 1888. Print.[/ref] ISAAC […]

Free Genealogy Forms, Software, etc.

Genealogy Free Stuff! Free Genealogy Forms, Clip Art, Books, and more Family tree templates are only available through a few select websites. Usually you have to have a membership to receive free printable blank family trees or purchase each family tree chart individually. Here you’ll find high quality charts that you can print on your […]

Technology for Genealogy

Are you looking to establish a web presence for your genealogy work? Do you want to communicate more effectively to a diverse audience that is geographically dispersed? Communicating your genealogical facts to friends and family can be both rewarding and important. At eirenicon and ManyRoads, we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our […]

Personalized Genalogical Research Services

ManyRoads (an eirenicon llc group) is excited to announce that we now offer personalized, professional genealogical research services. Our areas of focus historically have been on those areas were we have researched for our own family genealogy and family history including: East & West Prussia (pre-1947; we have special expertise in the area formerly known […]

Genealogy Webinars & Online TV- Free!

In keeping with my theme on Free Genealogical ‘education'; here are some webinars and Web TV no-cost options. If there are others you would recommend I list, please use our Contact page to let me know, or leave a Comment. Webinars NEHGS Online Seminar Series. Lectures are presented by our staff of genealogists. We offer […]

Free Genealogy Podcasts & Internet Radio

Below are some of the Internet’s most popular genealogical ‘broadcasts’. Please use our contact page if there are other podcasts or Internet Radio programs you would like to see listed here. Podcasts Dick Eastman offers “radio broadcast” (podcast) interviews of many of the world’s leading genealogy experts (on the world’s most popular genealogy BLOG). “The […]

Wenger Bros. – Wayland, Iowa

original source: by Dick Barton Wenger Bros., general merchants. The most enterprising firm of young men in the village of Wayland are the brothers, Joseph and Christian C. Wenger, both born in Washington County, Iowa, and are the two eldest sons of Christian and Elizabeth (Goldsmith) Wenger. Christian was born in Switzerland and is a […]

25,000 plus Visitors!

ManyRoads just passed our 25,000th unique site visitor; we began counting on: 13 December 2009. Thank you! Thank you! We hope you have found the information, pointers, etc. on ManyRoads to be of value. I know that I have learned a lot, made many new new friends, found ‘new’ (not ‘lost’) relatives, and kept very […]

Hundreds of Free Genealogy Courses

Major revision Date(s): 20 October 2013 For those wishing to learn ‘more’ on how to conduct Genealogical research, acquaint themselves with the basics, or just see ‘how things are done'; there are numerous sources of on-line training. Hopefully you will find these Free courses to be of value as you develop your skills, knowledge, and […]

Swiss Mennonite History

From The European History of the Swiss Mennonites from Volhynia Schrag, Martin H 1956 source web document The early Anabaptists were educated and urban–but the persecution drove them from the cities and towns to the remote and relatively inaccessible highlands and mountain fringes of the fertile areas of the Canton Bern. Here they hid and […]

Anabaptist Mennonite Tradition & Background

Much of the Robert Henss family background is rooted in Swiss and Iowa Anabaptist Mennonite traditions.  Many of our forebears were active participants and members of the following congregations. [Please note that this post will be updated as more information is uncovered]. Basel-Holee (Basel Switzerland) Basel-Holee, a Mennonite congregation with a meetinghouse at Holeestrasse 141 […]

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