Getting a good picture from an aged image is crucial to developing and maintaining a good family history. Unfortunately as you look around ManyRoads, you’ll notice countless images that ought to be fixed. Aside from being a tad lazy, the skills required to accomplish this effort are significant and confusing.
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(…)
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,(…)
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(…)
Data Quality is the first in a series of posts on “Genealogy Gotchas”. (I thought this might present useful tips & pointers to our readers while I await your votes on my little poll.)
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(…)
It has been on my mind for quite a while that I should share a bit of insight into which Genealogy tools I find useful, have tried to use, etc. I’ll expand this posting theme over time but here goes… Genealogy Databases-
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(…)
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). [singlepic id=2945 w=320 h=240 float=center] As for the rest of the story, I(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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,(…)
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(…)
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),(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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. (…)
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(…)
We are pleased to announce that the following documents have been added to our ManyRoads library: Scandanavia A Political History of Denmark, Norway and Sweden- Bain The History of Nations- Norway, Sweden, Denmark The History of Sweden
Hello all! I have what is for me a riddle. I know that before 1774 Zeyer had a Church, but it held no records. Does anyone know which, if any, Elbing Lutheran Church may have held the records for births, deaths and weddings? The main Lutheran Churches in Elbing seem to have been Heilige drei(…)
We wish all our relatives, readers and friends the most Joyous of Holiday Seasons! May your lives be filled with Peace, Joy and Happiness, always.
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(…)
As folks may have noticed, this week has been pretty busy. To summarize my activities, they break into two major groups “some that you see” and “some that you don’t”.
As many of you have probably noticed, I am in the process of uploading, and making available, documents that use a DJVU file format. Perhaps a brief explanation of the rationale is in order. To quote the authors of DJVU: Many products and technologies are available today for storing and distributing digital images. However, most(…)
Lately I have added several new links to the Links directory and to our Online Library Reference Texts. Additionally I have been busy with the following: updating the post-1800 Church record available materials from the Zeyer ev. Kirche Ordered the final materials from the LDS Church for Zeyer ev. Kirche joined numerous Yahoo Groups on(…)
Our theme song… Blowin’ in the wind (or How Many Roads) is written by Bob Dylan, and sung here by one of our favorite groups, Peter, Paul & Mary.
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(…)
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(…)
The following items have been fixed on ManyRoads:
Hello Readers, Because of the great shortage of information and histories associated with the expulsions of Germans from Eastern Europe after World War 2, I am placing a call to anyone willing to share their family story with others. Please contact me (use our contact page) with any histories that you may have from family(…)
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(…)
The following research is currently underway (as tasks are completed they will be annotated with strike through):
We are working at providing a functioning single username/ password link to our genealogical information. To-date, we still have integration difficulties.
We have moved our genealogy to a new home. Our plan is that we will be able to provide a ‘tad’ more public information and insight into our work. If this works out we should still be able to remain discrete while at the same time being more sharing! If you think we ought to(…)
ManyRoads may contain material copyrighted by others. ManyRoads makes any such such material available in an effort to advance an understanding of information related to our family history and circumstances. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance(…)
As a Linux user, I have access to a tool called Tesseract for doing my OCR work. This tool is multi-lingual and easy to use (although not so simple that I can do it from rote). An excellent set of instructions are available at How-to Forge. For even higher levels of accuracy you might try(…)