About Mark Rabideau


Posts by Mark Rabideau:

Thank you…

I’d like to take a brief opportunity to thank the many people who have sent me information, pictures, and data to place on ManyRoads. It is my hope to keep this list up to date. So if you have sent me materials and through an error of omission (not commission) I somehow have neglected to […]

“Document” Enhancement

Image & document restoration is key to successfully reading many genealogical documents. The source documents we have available to us today are often simply scanned or photographic images of original handwritten documents.  Many of the originals are themselves are in poor or suspect condition even before they are digitally captured. Given that is the case, […]

French Canadian Emigration to the United States, 1840-1930

Source: Damien-Claude Bélanger, Département d’histoire, Université de Montréal Claude Bélanger, Department of History, Marianopolis College Between 1840 and 1930 roughly 900 000 French Canadians left Canada to emigrate to the United States. This important migration, which has now been largely forgotten in Quebec’s collective memory, is certainly one of the major events in Canadian demographic […]

A ManyRoads Update- 5 Feb 2010

The last few weeks have been quite interesting in terms of new discoveries, etc.  Per normal, I’ll simply enumerate them in an outline (I’m not feeling terribly prosaic right now). I discovered that my entire Deyo line and genealogy was wrong.  I had our lineage going through New Paltz and New Amsterdam.  It turns out […]

Exina’s Parents are found!

Today was one of those great days for a genealogist… I found some lost relatives.  We had been looking for years to try and figure out who my gg-grandmother’s family was and today Mary Ann Giza from the Town Clerk’s Office in Easthampton, Mass tracked Exina down and sent us the news. We are VERY […]

Recent relatives

One of the great genealogical research problems, for me, is my recent relatives. The folks I am refering to are either still alive or recently deceased.  In either case, they are near enough that their data is most difficult to ferret out.  Most marriages, births, etc that have occurred in the last 50 years and […]

Genealogy tool reviews

Based upon an incredible interest (110+ reads in under 24 hours is immense interest in one of my posts!), I thought folks might like to see other reviews. As most of you, I use a LOT of tools and tricks to help me find the people and history around my family.  I am happy to […]

A Deyo History- recounted

This document and information is sourced from email messages sent to Mark Rabideau by Patty Gravel. In 1982 Wilfred Deyo, the son of Richard Deyo and the grandson of Eli Deyo, went to Altona to trace the Deyo family line.  While there he met with family members to gather their oral history. His findings made […]

Chelyabmetallurgstroy of the NKVD of the USSR — The Largest Forced Labor Camp for German-Russians

Tscheljabmetallurgstroj des NKVD der UdSSR — das Groesste Zwangsarbeitslager Fuer Russlanddeutsche Genesis, Purpose and Assignments, Structure (Entstehung, Aufgabe, Struktur) Krieger, Dr. Viktor. “Chelyabmetallurgstroy of the NKVD of the USSR — The Largest Forced Labor Camp for German-Russians.” Volk auf dem Weg, June 2006, 20-22. source article used with permission from from the Germans from Russia […]

News at ManyRoads

For those of you who keep track of such things, here’s a quick list of our latest discoveries and happenings. The German Red Cross wrote and provided a wealth of information on Frieda Senger’s internment in the Soviet Gulag system after WW2.  This information has been more than 60 years in coming. Click to read […]

Chelyabinsk ITL (Gulag)

This write-up is my effort to document the circumstances and images surrounding the Gulag complex to which Frieda Senger was assigned and interned after World War 2 by the Soviets For more information see: Frieda Senger- Post WW2 Gulag Frieda Senger -Suchdienst & Soviet Records source: Wikipedia.de English: Chelyabinsk was the location of a Soviet […]

The Deyo Mystery… is solved!!

Note: I have solved this mystery and established the link.  John’s parent’s were, in fact, Joseph Dion (Deo- Deyo) and Julia (Julie/ Julienne) Denis (Denys, Lafay, LaFaille, Dennis). The most commanding piece of obvious genealogical evidence is immediately below (John’s death certificate). As for the rest of the story, I am writing and plan to […]

Albert Senger

It pleases me beyond words to say that I have successfully identified the grave of my Great Uncle and made certain that his grave stone in the battlefields of WW1 France is now updated and complete. Were it not for the wonderful help of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge this would never have been possible.  However, […]

Expulsion Summary

source document link The results During the period of 1944/1945 – 1950, as many as 14 million Germans were forced to flee or were expelled as a result of actions of the Red Army, civilian militia and/or organised efforts of governments of the reconstituted states of Eastern Europe. Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Germans were […]

Zeyer ev. Church Records

Today is a big day for me. As of this writing I now have full-time access to all but two of the Zeyer ev. Kirche books.  It is like having my mother’s family come home.  Or more precisely, it is more like have them nearer to me. I am now able to go to the […]

Another Research Success!

Today was one of those days I enjoy; I spent much of the day doing family research in the local LDS Family History Center. Some of the highlights included: We found another brother of my grandfather Richard Senger- Wilhelm, he lived only 14 days. We identified the correct spelling of my g-g-g-g- grandmother Saenger’s maiden […]

New Navigation

We have just installed a new approach to navigating the ManyRoads website.  Hopefully you will find it both easier and more productive than the previous approach. To quickly explain the system, there are two main tabbed menu blocks on the right.  Each tab opens a unique section.  Some of the sections contain menus and pointers, […]

ManyRoads Update

A lot has happened during the past few weeks on ManyRoads.  In order to keep things brief I just list them out: We found a new generation of Sengers — a VERY exciting happening– thanks to our LDS Zeyer ev. Kirche records ManyRoads has added a professional German/English- English/German translation service offering A ‘bunch’ of […]

Translation Service (Fee based)

ManyRoads is pleased to anounce a new translation service for German/English and English/German.  And… For those of you who have read my German, you know it can’t be a service provided by me! Truthfully… if you seek professional and expert “English to German” or “German to English” translations (old German & Fractur/ Gothic script included), […]

a little help???

Unfortunately my LDS ev. Church books for Zeyer – Ellerwald (West Prussia) are reaching an end…I’d love to hear from you if you have any pointers  as to where I might look for earlier data (pre-1774). I am looking for information on the following family members: Esther Adelgunde (geb Grindemann) Kiehl (Graudenz Tiegenhof area) 1810-1850 […]

A wonderful day of research!

I guess this is what makes genealogy addictive… I found another generation of Saengers in my mother’s family.  Not only did I find a set of g-g-g-g-parents but I found all of their children as well as the spouses of these children. I am always amazed at what original source documentation provides in terms of […]

Spectacular resources for reseach

I have come across a few extra-special web based resources for genealogy and history research.  The resources include: The Internet Archive-“The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the […]

Quebecois Filles du Roi and Filles a Marier

Because many of our visitors have been attempting to read the postings of our Filles a Marier and Filles du Roi, I am attempting to gain permission for web publication of the data I have.  Unfortunately much of our current data is extracted from the fine work of Peter Gagne and we must respect his […]

Pages & Posts- new site functions

We are pleased to announce that ManyRoads now allows for the Printing of both our Posts and Pages.  At the bottom of our site Pages, you will see a small Print Icon and label; the same icon and banner appear in our Post banner.  Simply click on the Print icon to generate a printable document.  […]

Twitter… us

We are going to test Twitter to see if  it proves useful in communicating ManyRoads efforts, updates and news. To follow us, simply click on the little Twitter Bird (and fill out the appropriate items on Twitter). We are also testing a Tweet/reTweet plugin across our site. Please reTweet or Tweet if the Post/Page has […]

Eicher Mennonites

Source: For access to the original article on the Henss/Rich family sect of Mennonites please visit this Rootsweb article. MENNONINTE HISTORY OF HENRY COUNTY AREA by Melvin Gingerich This is a series of articles written by Melvin Gingerich, a well know Mennonite minister, and, I believe Bishop. The series was published on a weekly basis […]


This Wikipedia article excerpt is provided in order to give a bit of historical context to the circumstances surrounding Henss and Rich family history and migrations. More history texts are available here. source: Wikipedia The early history of the Mennonites starts with the Anabaptists in the German and Dutch-speaking parts of central Europe. The German […]

Altes Ostpreussen

Ostpreußen wie es damals war… Video 1 of 8 Ostpreussen wie es war #1 Video 2 of 8 Ostpreussen wie es war #2 Video 3 of 8 Ostpreussen wie es war #3 Video 4 of 8 Ostpreussen wie es war #4 Video 5 of 8 Ostpreussen wie es war #5 Video 6 of 8 Ostpreussen […]

Senger Family Lands & Possesions

The Senger family were neither rich nor famous. They were hard working German farmers who tilled the soil and built the land (much like their forebears before them did in Holland). Richard Senger, at the outset of World War 2, was also an owner of the Kaeserei- Dairy (Papatschen Meierei) in Zeyersvorderkampen. I do not […]

Hansestadt Elbing- Videos

Ich habe die volgende Films von ehemaligen Elbing gefunden…. viel spass! I found the following films of the former Elbing (pre-WW2)… enjoy! Wenn Sie von anderen Videos wissen bitte sagen Sie mir… if you know of other videos, please tell us via our Contact page.


Recently I received an set of email messages from a very helpful reader (Vielen dank, Hans!). I have taken a risk and translated the gist of his correspondence into English. I have blended his materials along with my research to reconstruct a view of Pietzkendorf. I will add more information as it comes to light. […]

TheNews@ManyRoads- 29 Nov 2009

This week has been fairly busy at ManyRoads some of the highlights include: I have reformatted the layout of all of download libraries.  Given the number and diversity of document types we have on ManyRoads, it was getting very hard to access and find things. Hopefully the new approach is better. Please use the contact […]

Die Flucht aus Ostpreußen- Elena Schlottau

Dieser Eintrag stammt von Elena Schlottau (*1991) Ergebnisse eines Interviews mit Frau C. T.(*1937) Die damals 7-jährige C. T. erzählt von der Flucht aus Wormditt im ehemaligen Ostpreußen. Original Source (used under Fair Use Laws) Das Leben in Ostpreußen kurz vor der Flucht Ich bin damals in Wormditt aufgewachsen, im früheren Ostpreußen. Mein Vater wurde […]

Meine Flucht aus dem Memelland

Dieser Eintrag stammt von Jasmin Holtzendorff (*1991) Ergebnisse eine Interviews mit Gertrud Radziwill (*1919) (Please note that the original link is no longer functioning and that the source material has been removed from the source site.) Ich wurde 1919 im Memelland als Deutsche geboren. Das Memelland liegt in Ostpreußen an der Grenze zu Litauen. Eigentlich […]

Flucht über das Haff

Dieser Eintrag stammt von Jacqueline Kayser (*1988) Ergebnisse eines Interviews mit Anni (*1926) Original Source (used under Fair Use Laws) Anni, geboren im Jahre 1926, lebte zur Zeit der Machtergreifung Adolf Hitlers mit ihren Eltern und ihren Geschwistern auf einem Gutshof in der Nähe der Stadt Gumbinnen in Ostpreußen. Ihr Vater war dort als Gutsverwalter […]

Unsere Flucht 1945

Dieser Eintrag stammt von Frau Schölzel Original Source (used under Fair Use Laws) Es war im Januar 1945 als uns gesagt wurde, wir sollten für 14 Tage 20 km entfernt bei meiner Schwester bleiben. Mein Mann und mein Sohn waren beim Militär, und ich war mit meiner 12 Jahre alten Tochter allein.

Flucht 1945

Onkel Max und Tante Friedel Dieser Eintrag stammt von Tatjana Littich Original Source (used under Fair Use Laws) Ich sehe sie noch davonfahren auf ihrem von einem lahmen Klepper gezogenen, hölzernen Kastenwagen, dem derzeitigen Transportmittel schlechthin. Vorn auf dem querliegenden Brett saß Onkel Max und Tante Friedel, im hinteren Teil des armseligen Gefährtes auf Säcken, […]

Flucht aus Ostpreußen- Nina Schrader

Eine deutsch-deutsche Familiengeschichte Dieser Eintrag stammt von Nina Schrader (* 1982), Wolfenbüttel. Als im September 1945 die Russen von Osten immer näher an das Dorf Tilsit heranrückten, entschied sich auch die Familie der damals 15jährigen Hildegard, das Nötigste zusammenzupacken und die Flucht vor ihnen zu ergreifen. So machten sich Mutter, Vater und zwei von sieben […]

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