William (Wilhelm) Henss and Katharine (Catharina) Kaemmer probably both came from Hesse in Germany and were born around 1830 (according to the 1900 US Census records Dec 1831 for William and Nov 1829 for Katharine) . I am looking for any historical documentation regarding their births or marriage. Photos of graves or life would be(…)
I just stumble upon a free service for those looking for a simple online Family Tree website. To quote the service itself: Family Tree Guide Family Tree Guide is about convenience. Placing your family tree online with your own website and website address could never be simpler then what we offer. Our goal is to(…)
ManyRoads is pleased to announce that June 2010 was our busiest month ever. [singlepic id=2975 w=320 h=240 float=left]We had 4341 unique site visits in June of 2010. By large site standards, this is not even a good day, for us it is both exciting and pleasing. We hope that you will continue to visit our(…)
Quite a bit has been added to the site since my last missive. Rather than bore you with a lot of details, I will simply outline the changes. The major items or changes to ManyRoads include: A complete revamp of the Maps area on ManyRoads, providing easier access points and ‘more useful’ page layout. Complete(…)
ManyRoads has just completed a rather extensive software upgrade. We moved from version 2.9.2 of WordPress to version 3.0. So far as I can tell things are working just fine, however… If you notice any problems I would greatly appreciate a message regarding the problem(s) so I can track them down and fix them. Feel(…)
On this page you will find presentations I have created/delivered to a wonderful group in Parker, Colorado- The Parker Genealogical Society. Presentations are available here for anyone to view and/or download. I hope you find them useful.
A recent posting I placed on ManyRoads has provided me with some new insights into life, progress and accommodating the past. As an old adage notes, you can not control the problems life presents you with, but you can choose how you react to them. And, this is true. The following historical facts are true:(…)
Yesterday was a high water mark for our readership numbers. We had 218 unique visits; our previously most active readership day was with 206. Thank you to everyone of you who spend time with us on ManyRoads. We are immensely pleased that you take the time to visit us. If you have comments or information(…)
There are a fairly astonishing number of hidden and nearly hidden functions on good websites. In communities communication between members is essential. The same is true of the internet. Good websites speak with one another and need to be known to each other. To accomplish these objectives ManyRoads employs additional hidden and not quite hidden(…)
One of the great strengths of using an open source (or I suppose for fee) web development toolkit like WordPress is the wealth of add-ons that are available for you to employ to augment your site’s functionality and reach. As I noted in an earlier posting, I am going to attempt to highlight several adjunctive(…)
We are seeking to complete our collection of all known Elbing Prussia (Kreis Elbing Westpreussen) Address and Telephone Books. Please note we are only interested in obtaining copies of texts which were printed before 1945 prior to the ethnic cleansing and expulsion of the German population after the end of World War 2. A complete(…)
Everyone one needs a good home. Your family website is no exception. There are lots of reasons to choose one method over another, we have settled on having a company ISP- Internet Service Provider) run our web-site operations (data center and network) for us. We tried running our own server in our home for several(…)
If you were watching closely, you probably noticed a new logo at the bottom on the ManyRoads web pages. Although the image links to the single most popular piece of open source software that I use on ManyRoads, there are numerous additional tools employed in the creation and management of our website and family history.(…)
Sometimes you just want a copy of a text. If that text is published using DJVU, here’s a fairly quick method for capturing and downloading a copy. By the way, this should work on all the ManyRoads DJVU files as well. DJVU files can best and most predictably be downloaded from within the DJVU document(…)
This post contains the content of the ManyRoads Newsletter: Welcome to the first ManyRoads Newsletter! First let me thank everyone for signing up to our little ‘news’ service. I promise not to over crowd your email with tons of messages. My intention is to write one or two of these per month. Each will attempt(…)
There are genealogy thieves out there! Because of certain circumstances as well as the nature of our information, we have taken the drastic action of providing copy protection for all data and images on the WordPress side of ManyRoads. Believe me, we do enjoy sharing our information, we truly do. We just want to know(…)
Over the past approximately 70,000 page reads on ManyRoads, the following pages have been most viewed by our readers: Adressbücher Flucht und Vertreibung Gallerie Kriegs- und Nachkriegserinnerungen Prussia (Germany) Frieda Senger -Suchdienst & Soviet Records Galleries Les Filles Du Roi- “Daughters of the King” Quebec Elbing Damals French Canadian Emigration to the United States, 1840-1930
This is a copy of my genealogical presentation I delivered on 12 June 2010 in Parker, CO. You may download it here.
Many search but few find… I think that old quote pretty much sums up what happens when searching for the right genealogical toolset. Too often, people believe that their hardware or operating platform defines their selection choices. In truth, it rarely does. Almost any tool can be run on any platform. Certainly a bit of(…)
Merging branches (also known as cutting and pruning) is something you will most certainly need to do; unless you never make mistakes! I just encountered a situation like that with my Deyo Branch (I seem to enjoy making mistakes in this line…). By way of providing background, a newly discovered relative was kind enough to(…)
Numerous excellent FREE genealogy sites are available- probably too many to mention. Beyond the sites listed below from LovetoKnow, I suggest the following exceptional sites (obviously these relate heavily to my areas of research): Norwegian National Archives GenWIKI (German) Genealogy of Canada National Archives of Quebec (French) Progenealogists (Page of Links) sourced from LovetoKnow Roots(…)
Share your information! It’s a really good idea. Almost certainly someone out there is looking for a family member or two of yours. The corollary is: you know how hard it has been for you to find reliable information, why not make it easier for everyone by generously making your work shareable. Of course, you(…)
We have added the following items to ManyRoads over the last few weeks: History of New France (4 really long posts) see them here. Two branches of our family genealogy including the Deyo Family and Senger Family. Guide on how-to integrate with GRAMPS. Reasons behind our choice to standardize on GRAMPS for our family genealogy(…)
Integrating GRAMPS and WordPress is a very straightforward activity. Not a lot of special skills or tools are required in order to make this integration work smoothly. I have to say it is one of the things I like best about GRAMPS. [singlepic id=3122 w=320 h=240 float=right]A couple of points worth remembering (knowing?) first: Don’t(…)
People fear the past… they fear their history. I have had countless conversations with family genealogists who have problems bringing unwanted, or bad news to their families. The bad news is ‘how you say???’ — rarely well received. Bad news is a term I use loosely. More precisely I am referring to the news that(…)
The first of our on-line family trees is now available- The Deyo Family Line. It is readily accessible from our Menus simply by selecting Genealogy and then Deyo Family (Branch). Using the GRAMPS integration approach, there are no user/ password requirements for gaining access to and open family line. This portion of our tree is(…)
Based upon my decision to use GRAMPS as our primary genealogical database management environment, I have begun the transfer of family branches (both public and private) into our new format. If you look closely, you should notice the appearance of new page links from our various menus… As I undertake this transition, I will be(…)
Ancestry files require a lot of clean-up before they are really useful or accurate. As I noted earlier, the files themselves need to be scrubbed of duplicates, overlapping records and more. In order to accomplish these repairs, I use numerous tools to address the requisite tasks including: GRAMPS (a Linux Genealogical Toolset)- I like this(…)
I apologize for any inconvenience but ManyRoads may experience performance problems due to server maintenance planned by our web host provider. Time frames for the maintenance are 2300-0500 on both Saturday and Sunday (Eastern US time).
Norway offers exceptional internet research facilities for genealogy. Although we have not been working in the Sivertsen family line very long we have uncovered some very helpful web-tools. Thus far we have unearthed several excellent, dare I say indispensable, tools: Norwegian Historical Data Centre (a wonderful repository) – The Norwegian Historical Data Centre (NHDC) is(…)
I have begun in earnest working on Becky’s side of the family. This means research in both Norway and Sweden has started for me. As one might expect the available references and information are a ‘tad’ difficult for non-native language speakers; and my German is not really very close to either Norwegian or Swedish! Having(…)
Tell your friends! It’s now official. I will be speaking at two separate meetings of the Parker (Colorado) Genealogical Society. Meeting Location: Stroh Ranch Fire Station (New Location) 19310 Stroh Ranch Road Parker, Colorado 2nd Saturday of each month (except December will be the 1st Saturday) Business Meeting: 1:30pm – 2pm Speaker: 2pm – 3:30pm(…)
We found that our old website theme was getting a bit long in the tooth so we have made a change. Obviously though we are not the only people reading the site. To that end… We would greatly appreciate your comments on our new site layout, fonts, etc. We also would like to hear of(…)
Today our 10,000 visitor since 13 December stopped by- December 13 2009 is the day we began tracking our visitors. During that same time, we have had more than 40,000 page reads on ManyRoads from all of you. THANK YOU everyone! We truly appreciate your interest and visits. We hope you find our site to(…)
Today we added a dozen+ new texts in our Quebec library. I hope you find them helpful. Please feel free to let me know if there are other texts you’d like to see online, or if you encounter difficulties with ours.
Books offer some of the best information! Personally, I find history texts and map books to especially helpful in doing my genealogy work. So if you are like me and are always looking for good places to obtain free textbooks, I highly recommend the following web locations: Project Gutenberg (the grand-daddy of them all!)- Many(…)
Some of the most useful genealogy sites and locations, often are not genealogical in nature, include the following: Internet Archive. This site is associated with the wayback machine, for those who remember that. The site provides access to a wealth of source documents, histories, etc. All the documents provided are free of copyright encumbrances, which(…)
I am working at providing and easier more direct method of getting to our pages, posts, maps, links, and downloads. If you want to check things out please visit our Topics page to see what I am up to these days. I am hoping to make “all” of our content reachable by no more that(…)
Over the weekend I have made a few changes that “are supposed” to help make our site more accessible. I would appreciate any feedback that you might have with respect to these new tools. Google Buzz: On each page you should notice a button to access and use Google Buzz. Assuming you are a user(…)
During the past few months, I have been honored by my friends at the Parker Family History Center; they have expressed interest in having me speak at numerous genealogy groups with which they are involved including the Parker Genealogy Group, the Colorado Genealogical Society and the Parker LDS Family History Center. Presentations Completed & Downloadable(…)
Chrome, to my knowledge, does not ‘yet’ support reading DJVU files. I have looked up and down for a plugin without any success. If you are using Chrome on this site this deficiency will make reading documents difficult. Should you know of a way to read DJVU files in Chrome please share that with us(…)
I apologize for the Database Connection Errors you may have been getting. The problem is with our site control panel. Our host is working to fix the problem. I appreciate your patience and understanding.
The Deyos- 1800-1982 [written by Wilfred Frank Deyo circa 1982] The writer, Wilfred Frank Deyo will incorporate -the following information available as of October 8, 1982 into the “Deyo Family History”- 1800-1982-From Canada to the United States of America which he hopes to put together in the not too distant future.
Based on data and input I have received from various people, I believe I have traced and documented a “plausible” genealogy for the Joseph Deo family leading back to France in the late 1600s. If anyone is interested in reviewing the tree and commenting on what I have pieced together, please contact me.
Numerous photo galleries on our site have recently been either created or updated. These galleries will continue to be reworked and reorganized; however, they represent a reasonable start to my organizing ‘things’.
In addition to Luise and Erich Senger who both served in the Deutsche Luftwaffe during World War 2, numerous friends and family members of the Senger family were either inducted into or volunteered for German military service. The fortunate “souls” survived the war. Below are the photos of those we have in our collection. If(…)
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(…)