Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

Palatines to America National German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland
Russia, Denmark, Netherlands

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NOTE: Registration for the Palatines to America National Conference is now open. Register online at the PALAM Bookstore or by mailing in the Conference Registration form.


NOTE: The Palatine to America book collection at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will be moved to the Whitehall Library branch, 4371 E. Board St., Columbus, OH 43213 during February 2015 due to construction at CML. The collection will NOT be available during February 2015. 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.

Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (PALAM) is an national organization dedicated to finding German speaking 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 illusive ancestor.

Organized in 1975, PALAM has an extensive collection of German Immigrant Ancestor files. Our library collection is housed at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio. The library is located at 96 S Grant Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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 main site navigation.

PALAM Events

  • Jun 24-27, 2015, Palatines to America National Conference DETAILS
  • September 13 – 20, 2015, Family History Library Research Trip DETAILS

The Palatine Patter Newsletter

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.

New 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, contact Tom 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.

German Collection in the CML library selected volumes

It is always a SPECIAL EVENT when you research at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). CML has one of the best genealogy collections in the country including the Palatine to America Collection, the State Library of Ohio Genealogy Collection and the Franklin County Ohio Genealogy Society Collection. Books from all around the U.S. and German speaking countries are there to help you find your German ancestor. CML has become a research destination. Click HERE for powerpoint presentation (large)

If you contact PALAM before you visit and need more help than the CML librarians can provide, a researcher can help you.

Call: 614-267-4700. The PALAM National Office is open 10am-2pm Wednesdays and Thursdays. E-mail