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Palatines to America National German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Belgium, Brazil, Italy(South Tyrol), Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Romania, Ukraine

Resource Center / Office
Wed, Thurs. 10 am - 2 pm.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 141260
Columbus, OH 43214

4601 N High St, Suite C Columbus, OH 43214

Phone: 614-267-4700


PalAm National Conference

June 22-25, 2016 in Fort Wayne, IN - Register Now

Family History Library Research Trip

September 18-25, 2016 


Palatine Patter Newsletter

Spring 2016

Read the newsletter here  

Visiting Research Center/Office - Check if Office is closed due to inclement weather, (614) 267-4700.

Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (PalAm)  is an national organization dedicated to finding German German Villagespeaking ancestors and their place of origin. Whether your ancestors are from Germany, Austria, Alsace, Switzerland, Luxemborg, Lichtenstein, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, East Prussian, Pomerania, Brandenberg, Silesia, Galicia, Bohemia or other German speaking areas, PALAM can help you find that elusive ancestor.

Our membership consists of persons at all levels of research beginners to professionals. Members are happy to help you and share information with you. Pay-for research is available also

Our online databases some public, some members only, can connect you with other researchers seeking the same family names and hard to find information for your family. See link in top navagation bar.

PALAM Book Collection Temporarily Moved to old Whitehall Library Branch

The Palatine to America book collection at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has been moved to the old Whitehall Library branch, 4371 E. Board St., Columbus, OH 43213 during  construction at CML. The collection will be available from April 1, 2015 thru August 2016 at the Whitehall Branch. If you plan to do research at CML, please call ahead during this time period to find the status and location of the PALAM book collection, (614) 645-2275.

  • June 22-25, 2016 PALAM National Conference DETAILS
  • August 13, 2015 -- Indiana Chapter -- German Heritage Day DETAILS
  • 18-25 Sep 2016 Family History Research Trip DETAILS
  • October 15, 2016 -- Indiana Chapter -- Fall Meeting DETAILS
  • October 22, 2016 9-4pm, Ohio Chapter Fall Seminar featuring Dr. Helmut Schmahl from the University of Mainz, Germany DETAILS
  • October 22, 2016 - Colorado Chapter Fall Seminar DETAILS
Ancestral Churches Project

Palam is starting to collect digital pictures* and short descriptions of ancestral churches of our members. Please send your submission with your national membership number to our EMAIL CLICK HERE  Picture(s) must be included with your information. Name is required, link to contact information optional.

Ancestral Church Example

New Hanover Lutheran ChurchNew Hanover Lutheran Church (2941 Lutheran Rd, Gilbertsville, PA 19525), 1st German Lutheran Church in America, is the American ancestral home church of the Jurg Michael Schweinhardt family.

Jurg Michael 1695-1760 and his wife, Eleonara Magdalena nee Eckert 1701-1784 emigrated from Baden-Wuertemberg around Jungholzhausen to America (Pennsylvania) landing at the Port of Philadelphia in 1732.

They arrived with 4 children:

  • Eva Catherine 1724-1769
  • Johan Georg Andreas 1725-1786
  • Eva Elisabetha Barbara 1727-1812
  • Georg Andreas Michael 1729-?1732 (never seen in the records again after his arrival)
  • Johan Georg 1731-1815.


Children born after their arrival and recorded in the New Hanover Lutheran Church Records were:

  • Johannes 1735-1798
  • Andreas 1737-1804
  • Hans Michael 1741-1748
  • Johan Mathias 1744-1747.


Jurg was a Deacon of the church and is buried under the back corner. The Schweinhardt family has been traced to their ancestral roots in Kunsbach, Baden-Wuertemberg in 1620. For more information, contactTom Swinehart Select webmaster in recipient list.

Please note if you have a subscription to ancestry and search the card catalog you will find that the New Hanover Church Records are online.

Free marriage records are listed at

New Hanover Cemetery is on find a grave.

Ancestor Charts

The Ancestor Charts 4 generations + are genealogy charts that PalAm members have submitted detailing their ancestry as far back as possible. If you are a new member of PalAm please submit your files.

This collection of charts and the indices reside in the Resource Center in Columbus, OH. Currently there are over 130,000 names in the Ancestor Charts.

Immigrant Ancestor Charts

The Immigrant Ancestor Register (IAR) is compilation of German heritage ancestors submitted by our members. 
This information is maintained in order to share genealogical research and to establish a record for future reference.
Members login to the members only area to download the form for submission.

IAR records are in a database in the members only section.