Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Helfritzsch, Hellfritsch, Hellfritsh
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Graeme Andrew
Welcome to the Hellfritzsch One-Name Study
Please get in touch if you are a Hellfritzsch, are related to a Hellfritzsch, or would just like to know more about the project! My own interest stems from my partner, who's late mother was a Hellfritzsch from Pößneck, Germany. As my partner is fluent in German, ich kann auf E-Mails auf Deutsch antworten (forgive my own poor language skills!).
AncestryDNA has thrown up numerous 4th cousins of my root subject, but not yet via the Hellfritzsch line.
Variants on the surname include Helfritzsch, Hellfritsch, Hellfritsh... but even in Germany it seems to be a rather unusual name so I expect this to be a medium-sized study compared with others I've undertaken.
Frequency of variants so far is:
The Hellfritzsch surname - so far as I can make out - has its origins in the state of Thüringen (Thuringia), the 'green heart of Germany' (das grüne Herz Deutschlands), but one of the aims of the study is of course to provide or disprove that. It could be that Thüringen simply had the highest concentration of Hellfritzsch's in the genealogical records available to me.
20th Century individuals added to the tree so far are concentrated in the Thuringen, Germany area.
I will add any historically notable family members here. So far I've found footballers, DJs, published authors and academics and soldiers.
There are Hellfritzsch's across Europe and North America and I will publish a map showing the distribution of the name around the world in due course (see below).
In the USA the surname or similar variants can be found in Louisiana, Alabama, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
European hotspots seem to be Dresden (state of Saxony, Germany) and the German state of Thuringia. The smaller hotspots in Hamburg/Flensburg and Denmark seem to be of more recent ancestors. My guess is that the family spread north and west from its heartland in Saxony/Thüringen.
My primary data source is currently Ancestry.com. I also have a British Library Reader's Pass giving me access to FindMyPast and of course the library's records. Within reason I am very happy to assist other GOONS members who are unable to visit the British Library in person. I'm often found in the India Office Records room on the 3rd floor!
To construct the family tree website I am using the Gigatrees program on top of a WordPress/PHP website via Ancestry and RootsMagic. It is proving a rewarding process, in many respects, and is briefly described here for those interested.
The end result is a website with the following benefits:
The results of the first AncestryDNA test of a Hellfritzsch are in! If you have a DNA report related to this project please get in touch.
You may find our other Guild websites of interest: