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Zeyer ev. KircheLike most genealogists, we are continually in search of additional information. As you may notice, not only do we have information on hundreds of historical documents and genealogical sources, but we also have a library of images and texts that we freely share with our readers. As with all genealogical efforts, this site will be a work in progress, forever…

If you have any information or pictures from:

  • Westpreussen/Ostpreussen especially:
    • Baarendorf/ Neuteicherwalde
    • Elbing
    • Ellerwald
    • Grosses Werder
    • Jungfer
    • Ladekopp
    • Pietzkendorf
    • Stube
    • Tiegenhof
    • Zeyer
    • Zeyerniederkampen
    • Zeyervorderkampen

    We are seeking information on the following family members:

    • Germany:
      • Herrmann Recht– West Prussia & Pomerania
      • Adelgunde Senger geb. Kiehl, born Graudenz West Prussia.
      • Senger -or- Saenger family– East or West Prussia
      • Döbel /Doebel – Elbing East Prussia (he was the godfather of Luise Senger and is known to have been arrested for anti-Hitler activities in the 1930’s).
      • Tommy ? – English Prisoner of War spent the war on the Senger Farm near Elbing (in Zeyervorderkampen)
    • Quebec Province, Canada/ Clinton County, New York:
    • Iowa & Hessen, Germany:
      • Katharine Kaemmer (Catharina Kaemmer)

Any help or pointers are most appreciated.  You may use our contact page to let us know what we are missing or may have gotten wrong!

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  1. heike
    14 July, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    Dear sir,
    I would like to know if you have any information about the family Ellerwald. My granddad is Ferdinand Ellerwald, born at the 5th of November 1907, his father was Franz Ellerwald, born at the 22th of Februari 1864. The mother of Ferdinand Ellerwald is Rosa Bark-Ellerwald, born at the 5th of September 1869. They all were born in Tolkemit, Preussen. I am surching for their home-address in Tolkemit. During the war they left Tolkemit.Any other information about relatives would be wonderfull.
    Thank you kindfully,
    yours sincerely,
    Heike Reimus

  2. Mark Rabideau
    14 July, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    Hallo Heike

    Unfortunately I research the Town of Ellerwald not the Family Ellerwald. Have you tried asking people on the following Yahoo groups… Elbing-L, OW-Preussen- famint- prussiangenealogy?

    Perhaps someone on one of those lists might have information.

    Herzliche Grus aus Colorado!

  3. aartin
    10 October, 2012 @ 2:46 am


    I live in Vistula Delta region in Poland. I would be happy to help you. If you want nowadays photos of mennonite or evangelic graveyards of my region, feel free to ask. Sometimes, gravestones presumed to be lost are buried or shattered. There are few groups of history interested people that are restoring those graveyards. Every year we find new gravestones.

  4. Mark Rabideau
    10 October, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    Hello aartin… if you were to find any grave stone with the family name Senger or Recht on it (they would most likely be in the old Zeyer Church yard area). I would be greatly moved and pleased with any photo. Thank you very much for contacting me. …mark

  5. aartin
    10 October, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    Church in Zeyer (polish Kępki) was destroyed in 1945. Graveyard surrounding church is destroyed. It looks like a jungle now. During my last trip there i found (not without troubles moving thru bush)one complete gravestone and two stone plates in pieces. I think there weren’t any Senger or Recht names on them. When i get home from work i will post photos on photobucket or something similar.
    There is a possibility that some gravestones are still on the graveyard, but this cemetry is in our plans hmmm… I think in next year.

  6. Mark Rabideau
    10 October, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    Thank you very much, aartin. Yes, I know it was destroyed in 1945. My mother is suffering from Alzheimers (late stage), and so I have been searching anywhere and everywhere to help her find any of the threads of her lost home. To her Zeyervorderkampen forever lives in her as a place of beauty and joy.

  7. aartin
    12 October, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    Sorry, but i can’t find any pics from trip do Kępki. When i get some free time I’ll go there and make some new photos.
    For now I have only some paper stuff from Zeyer, something about 100 documents.
    Almost everything is hand-writed, I need some time do decrypt then. If I’ll find any name that interests you I will let you know.

  8. Mark Rabideau
    12 October, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    Hello aartin, The documents you have access to are amazing! The “paper stuff” looks like it will contain numerous of my family members marriages, births, etc.

    I can give you some dates to look at in your paper document, dates from important family events for the Sengers and Rechts. All I need to know is what are the date ranges of the paper materials and what they cover (births, deaths, marriages, etc.). Thank you so very much for telling me about this material. …mark

  9. aartin
    12 October, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    On list dates are arround 1880.
    On other documents dates are from 1920 to end of ’30. I think so, there was too much of them to look closely to each one.
    I hope that there will be some Sengers and Rechts. I will search deeper, maybe I will find any other documents from Zeyer region. Everything is possible here, I have paper chaos in my archieves.

  10. aartin
    13 October, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Album updated, 4 entries.
    One Recht, three Sengers (one Senger from village Stuba).
    Still digging.
    Have a nice day.

  11. Mark Rabideau
    16 October, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    Hello Aartin… so far those are not direct line relatives. Although, Martin Recht is a cousin.

  12. carole Soldan
    8 September, 2015 @ 8:57 am

    Mark, Could you steer me in the right direction? I have been searching for information about my GGrandfather’s (Charles Schreck) family, home etc. He was born in Prussia in 1858 (1880 Census). His Prussia birthplace was changed to Germany in the 1900’s. In 1869 he came to US. He was naturalized in 1880 – signed his name Chas Schreck. A gentleman Frederick Kenerleber spoke for him. According to 1880 Census he was a shoe maker living in Staten Island and where GGrandfather lived. The only hand me down info is that GGF came to the US at 11 years old and that he was Polish descent. I have been trying to determine where his location in Prussia when he emigrated or anything after 1880- He was also a butcher his entire life and lived in Staten Island ? to 1888-89 and moved to Yonkers,NY where he lived until his death in 1938. I know there must be info out there but haven’t found it yet.

    thank you for any help!

  13. Mark Rabideau
    8 September, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    Hi Carole. Have you tried using the tools offered on this page, yet? Prussian-German Free Genealogy Help ( ).

  14. carole Soldan
    8 September, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    thanks for answering so quickly- I have tried but seem to get stuck with ease prussia, west p? Ive also looked at old maps with changing boundaries- any suggestions? I know he’s out there!

  15. Mark Rabideau
    8 September, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

    Hi Carole. East and West Prussia covered some 24,000 square miles of land. Without a town or Kreis name I have no idea where to suggest you look. I can say with near certainty that his given name was not Charles (it may have been Karl/ Carl, but it almost certainly was not Charles (which is French and/or English). As for the Schreck family name, it seems to be mostly from Bavaria (Bayern) and Lower Danube (Niederdonau) areas not Prussia.

  16. carole Soldan
    8 September, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

    thanks, Mark- he seems to be more mysterious than I thought! :) There is a Carl that I have saved for further research- I think I’ll take a little walk down that road!!

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