Genealogical research - about me

About me


I am a resident of the historic iron town of Steyr where I was born and currently reside. My professional background includes serving as an IT Manager for the city council in Steyr before retiring. I am a married individual with two adult children.


In my leisure time, I enjoy various activities such as traveling, hiking, playing table tennis, and exploring genealogy. My interest in genealogy mainly centers on creating family trees and displaying them online.



My Inspiration


My passion for genealogy runs in the family, as my great-uncle, Dr. Richard Patscheider, was also involved in family research, family trees, and name research. I possess two books written by Dr. Richard Patscheider, "From the Upper Rhine to the Adige Spring Region" (published in 1967 by publishing house Robert Lerche, Munich) and "von Sippenherkunft und Siedlerschicksal" (1959 Universitätsverlag Wagner / Innsbruck-Munich).


Additionally, the manuscript no. 3992 "Family tree Patscheider 1550-1920" by Josef Wopfner (National Archives Innsbruck) served as a basis for my research. This manuscript was compiled by Josef Wopfner on the basis of the "Werfachbücher" of the district court Nauders 1547-1780, then on the basis of an excerpt from the matrices of the parish Graun in Vintschgau and various partly written, partly oral communications, around 1927.


I have also been able to include all known descendants of Claus Patscheider (born 1497 in Langtaufers) in a family tree based on the sources mentioned above. However, only the male descendants or bearers of the name Patscheider were further traced in this family tree.


On the one hand I tried to show all descendants of Claus Patscheider (in the chapter family tree - "Descendants of Claus Patscheidt").

On the other hand, I have tried to create a graphical and list-like textual representation of all my ancestors (in the chapter Family Tree - "My Ancestors").


Pedigree (direct line from Claus Patscheider to me):


Generation I:

  • Claus PATSCHEIDT born Mar. 17th, 1497 in Langtaufers (South Tyrol, Italy) marries 1530 Barbara WADELLER (von Padöll) born in Nauders

Generation II:

  • Paul PATSCHEIDT born ca. 1527 marries in chapel St. Martin (South Tyrol, Italy) Anna PADROß

Generation III:

Generation IV:

Generation V:

Generation VI:

Generation VII:

  • Josef PATSCHEIDER born 1692 in Ray am Röschen (Reschen in South Tyrol, Italy) marries 1737 Maria Magd. PLAGG born July 13th, 1703

Generation VIII:

  • Josef PATSCHEIDER born Feb. 14th, 1738 in Graun (South Tyrol, Italy) marries Apr. 28th, 1761 in Graun Monica SEYFART born Apr. 26th, 1742 in Graun (South Tyrol, Italy)

Generation IX:

Generation X:

  • Anton PATSCHEIDER born Oct. 30th, 1809 in Graun - Reschen (South Tyrol, Italy) marries 1848 in Reschen Rosina Maria WAIBL born Feb. 24th, 1814 in Fließ

Generation XI:

Generation XII:

Generation XIII:

Generation XIV:

  • Wolfgang PATSCHEIDER born May 28th, 1956 in Steyr, marries Apr. 3rd, 1982 in Steyr (Austria) Gertrude WOLFSLEHNER born Aug. 23rd, 1959 in Steyr (Austria)

Generation XV:

  • Mag. Christoph PATSCHEIDER born Dec. 27th, 1985 in Steyr (Austria)
  • Mag.a Cornelia PATSCHEIDER, MA born Mar. 27th, 1989 in Steyr (Austria)

The genealogical tree is stored in my PC and I use the program Kith&Kin. This program is not the most optimal, but it is the only one of the is the only one of the tested programs that masters the graphical - freely scalable - display of the entire tree structure!

Wolfgang Patscheider


Ich Wolfgang Patscheider


This photo of me was taken in April 2019 at Lamberg Castle, Steyr (AUT).






This handwritten chronicle was given to my father Irimbert for his 60th birthday by his sister Giselheid.


Bücher und Dokumente


Books and documents


In picture: three books by Dr. Richard PATSCHEIDER, then a collection of documents and the ancestral passport from my father Irimbert.



From the Oberrhein to the Etschquellraum


"Vom Oberrhein zum Etschquellraum" written by Dr. Richard PATSCHEIDER was an important source of information in the creation of my family tree.


Excerpt from the Patscheider Chronicle (written in 1988 by Giselheid Patscheider-Riedmann):


Naudersburg Castle is located in the village of Nauders, just north of the Reschen Pass. Since Roman times, when the Via Claudia Augusta was built here in 15-16 AD, one of the most important north-south connections in Central Europe has led over it. The German emperors' routes to Rome passed through here, especially in the Middle Ages, but the countless pilgrims of the Crusades also populated this pass road.


In the wake of the Frankish-Alemanic wave of settlement, the Patscheiders came to the valleys of the Tyrolean Alps between 1300-1500 and settled here at the Reschen Pass, especially in the adjacent high valleys.


Since the 10th century, this area of the Etsch spring has belonged to the Vinschgau and thus to the political nucleus of Tyrol. Count Meinhard II, who gave the Tyroleans freedom to defend themselves and bear arms, transferred the sovereign jurisdiction of this region to the fortified Nauder Castle in the 13th century. This Count Meinhard II was married to the widow of the last Hohenstaufen Emperor Constantine, and the Hohenstaufen heritage cannot be overlooked in this region. It is documented in the church patrons of St. Martin and St. Nicholas alone, and the Patscheider and Schuchter families are repeatedly identified as their benefactors and founders.


The old lion coat of arms from 1646 testifies to the importance of the Patscheider family for the court district, and in 1639 a chamois coat of arms is awarded "to the noble Gabriel Patscheider" in Langtaufers court-appointed and his conjugal brothers for services rendered to Her Imperial Majesty the Holy Roman Empire and Most Serene House of Austria. In both documents, the feoffed persons are called "Gerichtsverpflichtete", which is roughly equivalent to the term "Erbrichter" (hereditary judge).


The documented family research did not get beyond the ancestor Claus Patscheider (born 1497). It is considered fairly proven that the Bavarian-Franconian immigrants founded the single settlement of Patscheid in the Langtaufer Valley at the same time as the nearby Gschwell, Grueb and Wies, in all of which there is evidence of Patscheiders until the 16th century. Even today, they still sit there between Mals and Reschen, close and firm on inherited soil. The history of this down-to-earth family gives the picture of a closed rural class. Lechthaler, Seyfahrt, Plöck, Federspiel, Maas, Plack, Plangger, Joss, Verdross, Mesener and Waibl - names of old Tyrolean families associated with the Patscheider.


The average number of children was seven, 2/3 were peasants, including the "court-appointed", 1/3 consisted of intellectual professions, of this third again more than two thirds were clergy, all this taken on average over four centuries, gives the overall picture of a healthy rural class, sufficient for itself and the cultural soil.


End of chronicle excerpt (written in 1988 by Giselheid Patscheider-Riedmann)


The sunken villages of Graun and Reschen


Many of our ancestors were born in Graun or Reschen (South Tyrol, Italy). Today's villages of Graun and Reschen, however, stand in a different place than the villages of that time. Therefore, it should not go unmentioned at this point that one of the main places of settlement (Graun) of our ancestors no longer exists.


In 1949/50, the villages of Graun and Reschen in the Upper Vinschgau (South Tyrol, Italy) became victims of a reckless damming project. The story of this lake damming almost reads like a thriller - but it is the story of a catastrophe.

The Tower of Graun

The Tower of Graun