Richard Senger Family

DNA analysis

Numerous folks have requested information on the results of my DNA analysis.  (I used 23andMe to run my analysis.) The following links will hopefully provide an adequate review of the information I am willing to make publicly available.  Should you desire additional information/ particulars, please contact me directly; I may, or may not, be willing […]

Luftgaukommando VII

During the latter stages of World War II, Luise Senger served as an executive administrative assistant in Luftgaukommando VII. We are uncertain what rank or level position she actually held.  The photos in this gallery depict the building as it looked during the Third Reich and as it appears currently. This giant building was the […]

Hermann Schepansky Family

At this point, we believe that our research has produced a rather complete image of the Families and Children of Hermann Schepansky. If you know of additional source materials or information, we would love hearing from you. HERMANN1 SCHEPANSKY was born about 1754 in Kerbshorst, Westpreussen, Germany1. Herman Schepansky was baptized in 1802 in Marcushof, […]

Die Wedhorn Vertreibung (Expulsion)

Note:  This account is the product of numerous discussions, interviews and writings between Frieda geboren Wedhorn, her son Norbert Grohmann, and Mark Rabideau.  Every effort has been made to remain true to the intent, content and events of this life altering time. During the days preceding Frieda geboren Wedhorn’s capture and deportation by the Soviets, […]

Samuel Ferdinand Recht- Caroline Henriette Sczepanski

Note: additional source materials are currently being sought. Aside from the birth records of Samuel Ferdinand Recht and Caroline Henrietta Sczepanski we have very sparse information regarding the lives and existence of our couple and their family/ children. Samuel Ferdinand Recht (Birth & Baptism) Caroline Henriette Sczepanski (Birth & Baptism) The second place we find […]

Johann Recht Family(ies)

Note: This material/ history is incomplete. Any/ all suggestions or pointers are most appreciated! Johann Recht had two, perhaps three, marriages.  His first documented marriage was with Elisabeth Barwich (Baarwich)- our progenitor; his second documented marriage was with Florentine Barwich (a cousin? of Elisabeth).  As far as we can tell, Johann and his families lived […]

Cornelius Schepansky Family(ies)

At this point, we believe that our research has produced a rather complete image of the Families and Children of Cornelius Schepansky. If you know of additional source materials or information, we would love hearing from you. Our information and resources have been and continue to be packaged for submission to the Schepanski Family Archives […]

August Ferdinand Kunz – Catherine Elisabeth Albrecht

The family of August Kunz and Elisabeth Albrecht lived in Neuteicherwalde in Kreis Marienburg, Westpreussen (West Prussia). August was a Hofbesitzer (Farmer). It is believed that Hermann Recht and Auguste geboren Kunz inherited the family farm with their marriage three plus years following the death of August Ferdinand (facts are being sought to confirm this). […]

Hermann Recht- Auguste Kunz Family History

Hermann Recht and Auguste Kunz were married in Baarendorf ev. Kirche Kreis Marienburg, West Preussen.  To quote from the church records: Johann Hermann Recht, born 16 June 1869 in Zeyersniederkampen, married Auguste Alvine Caroline Kunz on 10 March 1891. (page 192 Baarendorf ev. Kirche). Based upon an oral family history/ tradition obtained by me from […]

Sometimes… magic happens

Today was one of those amazing days. It is often unbelievable what the universe has in store for you. Today, I received a small insight. A cousin of mine, Norbert Grohmann contacted me. Mind you, I had no idea that I had a cousin by that name or that his part of the family had […]

Auguste Alvina Caroline Kunz

It was another one of those days a genealogist only dreams of… one, when a huge brick wall comes tumbling down. Today my daughter and I were reading through our latest bunch of 11 Family History Center tapes, hoping to eek out a simple clue regarding our Prussian German forebears. We had already viewed 9 […]

Zeyer- the end

Recollections of an officer of the chief administrative district in Zeyer. Johannes Jahn, farmer and farm owner in Zeyersvorderkampen. see original document This document has been translated and reworked with additional family history by Mark Rabideau. The District of Zeyer was located in the northeast corner of the Free State of Danzig, in the area […]

For some its Groundhog’s Day

2 February is one of those days that adds a bit of winter fun to many Americans’ lives. For me though, it is something much more. It was 122 years ago today (2 February 2011) that my grandfather was born. As readers of this site will most likely know, he remains one of my life’s […]

Papatschen Käserei (Meierei)

In Zeyervorderkampen during and before World War 2, there was a small Käserei (Meierei) Dairy that was owned, all or in part, by Richard Senger. Based upon maps and analysis of the region (today Kepiny Male) by Rainer Glodde-Mueller during his 2010 journey to the area, it is believed that the following photos are what remains […]

Adelgunde Wilhelmine Senger geb. Kiehl is found!

After searching for more than 70 years for documentary evidence, on 11 December 2010, we finally viewed the image of the birth record of Adelgunde Wilhelmine Senger geboren (born) Kiehl (my great-grandmother- “O-oma“). It was one of those ‘hoped for’ breakthrough findings. Earlier we had uncovered evidence on FamilySearch saying that her birth record was […]

Wasserstrasse, Elbing

On the 22nd of October, 2010, I received an email from a long-time (since 1762) family friend (more on that later). Rainer and his family were in Poland looking at the alte Heimatland. AND… they had been to visit the street where my mother lived as a teenager with her Onkel Robert and Tante Olga. […]

Frieda Senger Birth Record!

Thursday the 7 October 2010 was one of those spectacular days for a family genealogist! I went to the Parker Family History Center to do research in the Ladekopp/ Pietzkendorf Evangelische Kirche records. I had no idea what, if anything I might find. What I found was both amazing and joyful.  I found my grandmother’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Senger Land und Großen Buden Kampe

The Senger Family appears to have had a long term link to the lands around Zeyer (see below). I guess it is no wonder that my mother is still so ‘mentally’ attached to this land and region (Es war einmal…). Thank you to Rainer Mueller-Glodde for this note & excerpt: Two years ago (2008) a […]

Our Elbing Addressbooks

Elbinger Adressbücher Mark Rabideau hat auf seiner privaten Webseite zahlreiche Elbinger Addressbuecher (1847-1930) veröffentlicht. Auch ein Telefonbuch von 1937 ist dabei. Zahlreiche weitere Adressbücher aus Westpreußen (Graudenz, Thorn, Konitz) sind auf der Webseite zu finden. Einwohnerbücher von Danzig, Graudenz und Zoppot stehen zum Download bereit. (GJ) see: I truly appreciate this acknowledgement.  These books […]

Does anyone know Tommy?

Tommy was an English war prisoner who spent most of World War 2 working on the Senger family farm in Zeyervorderkampen. He was originally captured by German forces at Dunkirk in 1940 and he spent more than 4 years of the war working on and about the Senger farm.  As you might gather from the […]

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: English: Chelyabinsk was the location of a Soviet […]

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, […]

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 […]


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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Senger Family

The Senger family had lived in Kreis Grosses Werder area of West Prussia since at least the late 1600’s. Both 20th Century World Wars took a heavy toll on the entire ‘clan’.  Many family members and all the Senger lands and possessions were either destroyed or taken. The those who were not killed in the […]

Richard Senger -90th Birthday

Richard Senger, einst Bauer in Westpreußen, feierte 90. Geburtstag Schwifting(m). Schnittblumen, Blumen­schalen, köstliche Getränke und weitere Prä­sente schmücken das Wohnzimmer im Hause ‘der Familie Senger in der Schwiftinger Sied­lung. Vor wenigen Tagen feierte der „Se­nior” des Hauses, Opa Richard Senger, sei­nen 90. Geburtstag. Anlaß genug für dieMitbürgerschaft, um Schwiftings derzeit altesten Mitbürger zu ehren und […]

Willi Wedhorn

ZUM GEDENKEN Nachname:            Wedhorn Vorname:            Willi Dienstgrad:            Unteroffizier Geburtsdatum:            26.03.1923 Geburtsort: Todes-/Vermisstendatum:        15.04.1945 Todesort: Willi Wedhorn ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Futa-Pass (Italien). Endgrablage: Block 8 Grab 754 Nähere Informationen zu diesem Friedhof erhalten Sie hier. Information on the battle in which Willi died may be […]

Michael Senger

Michael Senger History -as related to Mark Rabideau by Luise (Senger) Rabideau  (Michael’s grand daughter) Jan 2006 Michael was the husband of Adelgunde Kiehl- they married about 1868  near Jungfer/ Zeyer Westpreussen Their marriage lasted about 55 years They had thirteen children of whom seven children lived to adulthood and two were killed in World […]

Luise Senger -Documents

Luise Senger Military Service- as related to Mark Rabideau by Luise (Senger) Rabideau in Dec. 2005 Luise was a Lt. in the Deutsche Luftwaffe during WWII She served in Berlin and other German Air Force bases January 14, 1945 she departed Fliegerhorst Bromberg transferred to Luftgau Kommando VII Muenchen. Issued release papers for all those […]

Hermann Recht

Johann Hermann Recht History -this is an account that has evolved significantly from what began as an oral history related to Mark Rabideau by Luise (Senger) Rabideau (Hermann Recht’s grand daughter) on 9 Jan 2006; today this history is augmented with numerous additions and amendments from Mark Rabideau’s subsequent research as well as family information […]

Erich Recht

ZUM GEDENKEN Name: Erich Recht Dienstgrad: Gefreiter geboren: 12.02.1924, Tattamischken Truppenteil: 1./Pi. 198 Erkennungsmarke: -1-Marsch Komp.Eisb.Pi.Ers.Btl.4 Todestag: 09.09.1944 Todesort: Raum Vallecchio Bestattet: Gem.Montecolombo-Ca Menghino/Forli Feldgrab Umgebettet nach: Futa-Pass / Italien Block: 48 Grab: 815 821 Futa-Pass ist die größte deutsche Ehrenstätte des Zweiten Weltkrieges in Italien, auf der über 30 660 deutsche Gefallene ihre letzte […]

Egon Recht

ZUM GEDENKEN Nachname:            Recht Vorname:            Egon Dienstgrad: Geburtsdatum:            23.09.1922 Geburtsort: Todes-/Vermisstendatum:        01.07.1944 Vermißtort/Todesort:            Mittelabschnitt Nach den uns vorliegenden Informationen ist die o. g. Person seit 01.07.1944 vermißt. In einem Gedenkbuch haben wir den Namen und die persönlichen Daten des Obengenannten verzeichnet. Sie können gern einen Auszug […]

Albert Senger

ZUM GEDENKEN Nachname:     Senger Vorname:     Albert Dienstgrad:     Reservist Geburtsdatum:     27.05.1888 Geburtsort:     Zeyervorderkampen Todes-/Vermisstendatum:     03.12.1914 Todes-/Vermisstenort: Albert Senger ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Noyers-Pont-Maugis (Frankreich). Endgrablage: Block B Grab 2148 Nähere Informationen zu diesem Friedhof erhalten Sie hier. Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. Bundesgeschäftsstelle Pressereferat Werner-Hilpert-Straße 2 D 34112 Kassel Telefon    […]

Adolf Senger

Adolf Senger was the tenth (10th) of Michael Senger’s and Adelgunde Kiel’s 13 children.  He was the second of their sons to give his life in World War 1. Based upon the small amount of information available in the “Deutsche Verlustlisten”, I believe my great uncle fought with: The 75.Infanterie-Brigade 1. Masurisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 146 […]

Adelgunde Senger (geboren Kiehl)

This page is under development; research is on-going Note: additional source materials are currently being obtained. Adelgunde Kiehl History -as related to Mark Rabideau by Luise (Senger) Rabideau  (Aledgunde’s grand daughter) Jan 2006 She was born to a family of barge owners (the Kiehl’s)– her birth record we know her birth to have been on […] queries in seconds.