Books and documents


These books and documents are in my possession


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


"Patscheider family tree 1550-1920" by Josef Wopfner Manuscript No. 3992 (National Archives Innsbruck)


This is one of the most important and extensive sources of my research. Josef Wopfner probably submitted this scientific work as a dissertation to the University of Innsbruck in 1927. His motives for working out a family tree of the Patscheiders are in the dark. Presumably there was a kinship relation to the family of the Patscheiders. This work comprises 91 pages (in A3), the original is in the National Archives Innsbruck, I had copies sent to me by the Provincial Archives (see picture on the right).


On the first page, Josef Wopfner states the following: "Compiled on the basis of the Werfachbücher of the district court of Nauders 1547-1780, then on the basis of an excerpt from the matrices of the parish of Graun in Vintschgau u. various partly written, partly oral communications". Below this, apparently as a replica or criticism by a government councilor Josef Wagner, the following was noted: "The family tree has been worked out with a lot of effort, but its reliability leaves much to be desired!".


Since the manuscript is written in old German script, respectively in "Kurrentschrift", I had the entire work transferred to print by Mr. Hans Deßl from Prambachkirchen and received one TXT file per page from Mr. Deßl, all of which are still available.


Josef Wopfner manuscript no. 3992


Photocopies of "Patscheider family tree 1550-1920" by Josef Wopfner manuscript no. 3992 (National Archives Innsbruck)


This photo shows the first three pages of the photocopies of the work of Josef Wopfner "Family tree Patscheider 1550-1920" manuscript no. 3992 (National Archives Innsbruck).


"From the Upper Rhine to the Adige Spring Region" from Dr. Richard Patscheider


Original german title: "Vom Oberrhein zum Etschquellraum". This book was published by Robert Lerche, Munich, in 1967. The author is Dr. Richard Patscheider. The book is still available today in many an antiquarian bookshop. In addition to 173 textual pages, it also includes an extensive appendix with supplements to Josef Wopfner's work.


Besides the work of Josef Wopfner this book has been one of my main sources for the reconstruction of the family tree. It contains very many further details, respectively confirms in large parts the family tree of Josef Wopfner.


Also documented in this book are the two coats of arms. The entire text of the coat of arms letter is also given in block letters. Some photos of the Patscheid farm and illustrations of the coats of arms complete the book.


The Book: "From the Upper Rhine to the Adige Spring"


"From the Upper Rhine to the Adige Spring"


Ancestor passport from Irimbert PATSCHEIDER


The ancestor passport of my father, Irimbert PATSCHEIDER, has also been preserved. This documents the ancestors of my father without gaps up to the great-great-grandparents. Only three great-great-great-grandparent pairs out of a total of 16 are not recorded.


These ancestor passports have a sad history, as they served as proof of Aryan status under the Nazi regime. Issued by the government starting in 1933, they contained information about the holder's origins and ancestry. The ancestor passport was an instrument to enforce the racist policies of Nazi Germany and a symbol of the brutality and intolerance of that time. Despite these sad facts, the genealogical passports are valuable sources for genealogical research.


However, these passports should be viewed with caution, as many pastors falsely issued these proofs out of courtesy and to protect the individuals involved, replacing Jewish-sounding names with more innocuous ones.


Ancestral passport


The ancestral passport of my father


My father's ancestral passport Irimbert was also an important source of information in the creation of my family tree.


Family chronicle of the Patscheiders


This chronicle was created in 1988 by my aunt Giselheid and my grandmother Wilhelmine. The chronicle was a birthday present for my father's Irimbert 60th birthday.


In this chronicle both of them handwrote all their knowledge about the past of the PATSCHEIDER, JAROSCH and ROSNER families. The chronicle contains stories and information as well as important contemporary documents such as letters and photos. My father has continued this chronicle and I intend to do the same.


I have quoted from this chronicle again and again in the pages of the individual persons and thus told the story of the Patscheiders.


Family chronicle


Family chronicle


This handwritten family chronicle was given to my father Irimbert for his 60th birthday.


Birth and death registers


Church birth and death records are of course excellent sources. In many parishes these are also available online. I enter copies of them in my database as source references.



"The inhabitants of Wiesbach and Humes before 1900"


Original german title: "Die Einwohner von Wiesbach und Humes vor 1900". he authors of this book are Gerhard Storb, Hans Günther Maas and Helmut Groß. Publisher is the "Förderkreis für Heimatkunde und Denkmalpflege" (Support group for local history and preservation) in Eppelborn e.V. from 2009. The book is out of print and can currently not be ordered.


In this book the inhabitants of Wiesbach and Humes (in Saarland) are enumerated meticulously together with birth and death dates. Among these inhabitants are the "BETTSCHEIDER", who are also descendants of Claus Patscheider. The founder of this line was Paul Patscheider, born in 1687. Around 1720 he became a resident of Wiesbach due to his marriage with Elisabeth Schmidt and had numerous descendants, who subsequently called themselves "Bettscheider" and "Bethscheider". This form is due to the Saarland dialect. This branch is extensively documented in this book. I have processed this data in the chapter "Descendants of Claus Patscheidt".



Dissertation from Mirek Němec: "Education for citizenship? German Secondary Schools in Czechoslovakia 1918-1938"


Original german title: "Erziehung zum Staatsbürger? Deutsche Sekundarschulen in der Tschechoslowakei 1918-1938". Mr. Mirek Němec has also published his dissertation as a book "Erziehung zum Staatsbürger? Deutsche Sekundarschulen in der Tschechoslowakei 1918-1938" published by Klartext-Verlag in 2009.


This book also deals with the "Patscheider Trial". The relevant information can be found on pages 162-168. Mr. Němec personally contacted me and gave me access to the book, as well as provided a lot of information about the Patscheider Trial. Many thanks for that!



Copies of newspaper clippings from the German newspaper "Bohemia" (December 1935 - March 1936)


The trial was reported in detail in the German newspaper "Bohemia", December 1935 - March 1936.


"Langtaufers - a contribution to the historical regional studies of South Tyrol" - Dissertation by Engelbert Waldner


Original german title: "Langtaufers - ein Beitrag zur Südtiroler geschichtlichen Landeskunde". I have a copy of the dissertation by Engelbert Waldner, submitted in January 1950 to the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck. This dissertation sheds light on the situation of farms in South Tyrol and is the essential source of my knowledge about the "Patscheiderhof" (old farm).



Sound documents of my great aunt Maria VORDERWINKLER


My great aunt Maria VORDERWINKLER (married MANN) told me the story of the VORDERWINKLER. This is the branch of my mother Ernestine VORDERWINKLER. I have already recorded this digitally at that time and I am in possession of three audio documents which are filled with several hours of credible narrations of my great aunt.



E-mails with hints and further data


I regularly receive e-mails from users of this homepage who ask for further data or would like to supplement my data. These e-mails often contain excerpts from birth or baptismal registers or even whole family trees. I have noted the respective data origin in my database, but the amount of references would go beyond the scope of this text.



Drawn or designed family trees


Sometimes I receive photos or scans of designed family trees or ancestor galleries. These are valuable sources, as they usually contain birth and death dates, but also other information.


Two very nice examples:


Death pictures


Again and again I was shown death pictures or pictures of the dead of relatives which I was allowed to photograph, respectively sometimes I receive them by e-mail. These death pictures are insofar valuable, because they contain a photo of the a photo of the deceased and usually show the dates of birth and death. If I was able to assign the death image to a person in my database then I did that with characters () and entered in the chapter "Descendants of Claus P." under the respective person.





Whenever I see a grave of a Patscheider in a cemetery, I take a picture of the gravestone and try to locate that person in my database. Also by e-mail I received such photos again and again. These are valuable sources for birth and death dates. If the gravestone was assignable, then I marked this photo of the gravestone with the sign () and entered in the chapter "Descendants of Claus P." under the respective person.



Data from narratives of relatives


I also got a lot of data from stories or information from relatives who still knew the persons concerned themselves.



Data from own knowledge or own experiences


Some of the people I met I knew myself and some of them are from my own knowledge or experiences.