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Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (PalAm) is a national organization dedicated to finding German-speaking ancestors and their place of origin. Whether your ancestors are from Germany, Austria, Alsace, Switzerland, Luxembourg, 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 is in the newly remodeled Columbus Metropolitan Libary.
The Palatine to America book collection is back at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215. Phone:(614) 645-2275
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 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:
Children born after their arrival and recorded in the New Hanover Lutheran Church Records were:
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.com 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.
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.
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.