About Us

Mary Agnes Chase (1869-1963), sitting at desk with specimens
Mary Agnes Chase (1869-1963), sitting at desk with specimens

ManyRoads represents our best attempt at gathering, presenting and archiving the genealogy and family histories for both the Rabideau & Henss families. As we conduct our family genealogical research, we create and maintain archives for what we believe to be interesting and useful source information; we hope you find our archives helpful. They are all free, to the extent that copyrights allow.

If what you are looking for is not on this page, additional materials may be found at:

Our current genealogy work is focused in the following regions/ areas

  • East & West Prussia (pre-1947, especially the area formerly known as Kreis Elbing)
  • Hesse (Germany)
  • Quebec (especially in the areas of Quebec City and Montreal down to Vermont/ New York)
  • New York State & Vermont (especially in the Champlain Valley to Canada)
  • Iowa (especially in Henry, Des Moines and Washington Counties, pre-1945)
  • Scandinavia (Norway & Sweden)
  • France (mostly North Eastern France: Alsace, Lorraine)
  • Switzerland (French border and Basel areas)
  • Massachusetts

If you have information from these areas that you’d like to share with others and wish for us to host and share it, please use our Contact page to let us know.  We are happy to provide ‘library and host’ functions.


  1. Belinda Harwardt
    26 December, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    Ich suche für den 70.Geburtstag meines Mannes ein paar Informationen über seine Vorfahren. I am from the Philippines and my husband is from Neukirch-Höhe, Elbing. I came to Germany 1972.
    Ich wäre dankbar wenn ich zu seinem Geburtstag ein paar Bilder von
    seine Heimat finden würde. Ich möchte auch für ihn ein Stammbaum
    erstellen. Perhaps you can help me. Thanks a lot!
    Belinda Harwardt

  2. Phil Thomas
    20 January, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    Your site was recommended to me by a friend who, like me, has an interest in the “Flucht und Vertreibung”.
    Having perused your site this evening I am sure I will return.
    Congratulations on what you have done (it makes my site look extremely primative) and I wish you all the best as you add to it.

  3. Mark Rabideau
    23 January, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    Hello Phil. I have placed a link to your site from ManyRoads. You should find the link under German History at http://many-roads.com/index.php/link-directory/.
    Thank you for your kind words about ManyRoads.

  4. Ingrid Balzereit Peterson
    13 March, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    Ich suche nach verwanten von meinem Vater Gergard Balzereit, geb Feb. 21, 1915 in Elbing,verstorben Nov.09, 1960 in Heubach, Hessen. Vater:Ernst
    Balzereit, Mutter Helene Balzereit geb Holz.

  5. Mark Rabideau
    14 March, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    Hallo Ingrid

    Es gab in 1930 einige vom Familie Balzereit in Elbing, schau mal hier:


    Andere Einwohnerbuecher sind hier:

    Hoffentlich hilft dies.


  6. joe vella caruana
    12 September, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    Great work. I am impressed. So I am going to ask your help. I am looking for the crest( herardlry etc) of the surname PINTEA ( propably from Romania. Can you help me please?

  7. Mark Rabideau
    13 September, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    Hello Joe, I am sorry but heraldry is not an area I am familiar with at all.

  8. Carl
    14 January, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

    Would you be interested in helping me research the Braendleins from Schweinfurt?

  9. Mark Rabideau
    15 January, 2014 @ 5:38 am

    Hello Carl… I would be honored to help. If you’d like to proceed, we should chat first and discuss a plan/ approach. You may contact me at: genealogy-at-many-roads dot com (with your contact particulars). I can be available to talk on Friday or the weekend, if either are amenable to you.

  10. Sabine Bellersen
    19 March, 2015 @ 1:02 am

    Suche Strauss und Koeppe in Ostpreußen, Weltpreussen und Pommern. Hermann Koeppe & Alvine Arndt, Otto Emil Strauss *20.5.1877 in ???, Lehrer in Groß-Gansen, Stolp, Pommern +30.3.1945, & Ida Hitzke *20.2.1879 in ???, +1958 Kiel, Germany; Preußisch Eylau, Ostpreußen, Schneidemühl, Preußisch Friedland,

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