|Professional research in genealogy,
history and culture
Studies in Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology
and Social Geography in Mainz.
Dissertation: "House Building and authoritarian behaviour
in Nassau: 1465 - 1866". Ph.D. completed in 1996.
Engaged in freelance work thereafter. Founding member
of the "Federal Association of Freelance Cultural
Anthropologists." Lecturer at the University of Mainz
and the Technical College of Wiesbaden on "Archival
research", "Clay architecture" and "Rural
Dr. Wolfgang Fritzsche,
encoded birthdate, oil on canvas by Joachim Kreiensiek,
- Transcription of old German
handwriting into computer readable fonts or Roman script
- History of the Jewish
community in Wiesbaden
- Conception and creating of exhibitions
- Folkloristic studies, such as of small postwar communities
in the Rhineland-Palatinate
- Training of museum volunteers
- Object research
- Anniversary brochures
|Original quotations from our
We have just come back from a fantastic visit to Wiesbaden
organized by Wolfgang – a true professional.
He offered to meet us at the train station and had planned
a full day covering a visit to the archives to see family
documents from the 1800’s which he had already requested
and were out on the desk when we arrived. He is skilled in
reading and translating old handwritten German and with his
help we were soon on top of the essence of the, to us, unreadable documents.
This was followed by a visit to the Jewish cemetery and the
Active Museum. We just squeezed in lunch before being taken
on a tour of Wiesbaden to see the memorial exhibition in the
Town Hall, the new memorial on the site of the former synagogue
and also the street where my ancestor had lived.
We were joined by volunteers at the museum and were also
particularly impressed by their dedication to the task of
bringing to public notice the legacy of German Jews.
We highly recommend Wolfgang as researcher and guide.
|I applaud Wolfgang for his
meticulously thorough response to my genealogical query! He
immediately understood what information I was seeking and responded
directly to each and every question I posed. His wealth of experience
in genealogical research and his ability to communicate easily
in English give me complete confidence that I now have completed
my German family tree accurately with all available historical
data. PLUS, he has a wonderful sense of humor!
Thank you, Wolfgang!
Wolfgang provided me not only with dates, but
also with interesting details, e.g., who would have guessed
that my great-great-grandfather taught dancing in the old
country? Further, he provided wise counsel, advising me, for
example, when a search would be too costly and/or unlikely
to yield results. Even more, he provided insight and perspective,
pointing out historical background information. Wolfgang's
work was prompt, thorough, and perfect. On a scale of 1 to
10, with 10 being the highest, Wolfgang rates a 20.
"... your work is great, you did excellent research
for us ..."
|My fifteen year old daughter and I embarked on
a family research tour of ancestral towns and cemeteries. Wolfgang
organized everything so well. We were able to get a lot accomplished
in very little time because he had everything coordinated properly.
From getting the keys to the cemeteries to making sure we had
the correct directions, Wolfgang orchestrated our trip to perfection.
He was also able to help us with much needed translations. The
trip would not have been as successful as it was without Wolfgang's
help. I hope to return soon and hope Wolfgang will be available
|"The results of the research
have made me sleepless and speechless! Sleepless - due to the
excitement in discovering many new family members, and speechless
- due to the astonishing results unearthed from archival material."
"As a descendant of survivors of the Holocaust, I have watched
the cautious trepidation in the eyes of my family each time
I suggested that we research our German Jewish roots. Aside
from the horrors suffered, it was perhaps fear in receiving
confirmation that all had indeed been lost, that elicited
the negative response each time the suggestion came up. Now
that these members of the family are long gone, and I have
the results of Dr. Fritzsche´s research, I can only
wish that these Family members were around to enjoy these
interesting relations that, in our case, date back to the
late 1700s. Dr. Fritzsche´s work is professionalism
at its best! He meticulously researches each clue from pertinent
archival matter and with his expertise in history is able
to confirm and reconfirm data from other archives. The results
are outstanding indeed. Clotilde Wimmer, Bavaria, Germany,
"I am thrilled at this report and your excellent work. Thank
you soooooo much!!!! I was so excited to get your email. You
have done a wonderful job! How great to finally get the information
I've been seeking for so many years. You can't imagine how
happy you've made me."
"I am absolutely impressed by the fantastic research you
have done. Very nice work, Wolfgang, I am so grateful for
"WOW! Thank you for your incredible work! I don't know
why I had assumed that if the Mormons had filmed in that area,
that they had filmed all the records which existed."
"Wonderful news, thank you very much."
|"What great news. ... You've
done a great job. Thanks so much."
|"Ouah! This is a lot of info. Thank you
so much for the good work, this is unbelievable. You are just
|"... a good researcher
who is honest and conscientious and a good communicator for
the Rheinland-Pfalz and Hessia area ..."
|"Many many thanks for tracking down her
death certificate. I have been trying to find it for six years!!"
|"I am quite thrilled with
what he found."