Hi. My name is Michael Richarz. I am the son of Harald Richarz and grandson of Heinrich Daniel Richarz, born in Trier (1905). H.D. Richarz was the son of Heinrich Richarz and Katharina Quint. While Quint was most probably a Trier native (because there is a village called Quint where many of those familiy members still live), Heinrich Richarz seems to have come from the Rhine region. I am in contact with authorities in Trier who could support my research on him, but so far I am hesitating because of the costs this enterprise will take (with no guarantee of success). So I hope other members of the Richarz familiy might be able to provide information. I have looked through the International Genealogy index and could state that there is a Richarz concentration for about two centuries in an area only from Duesseldorf in the north to Bonn in the south and the region of Bergisches Land east of it (where I live). That is an area not too big and I suppose that Heinrich RIcharz is originally from Siegburg or Koeln. Research has shown that our family name has varied until the 1850. Variations from Richartz to Richarts, Richards, Richart and Richard don't make it easier. I found a big concentration of Richarz in the former village of Vilich (now St.Augustin - Menden), in Ruppichteroth, Obercassel (close to Bonn, NOT Duesseldorf-Oberkassel) and Rheinbreitbach. I will be thankful for all new information including links to Heinrich Richarz. My special interest goes to the part of the family that emigrated into the USA. Please contact me!