CHAPTERS are organized to encourage personal participation, to make possible more fellowship, and to provide easy access to local workshops and research within an area. Most chapters publish a newsletter, print publications, and hold conferences, workshops, and seminars. Currently, Palatines to America has chapters in Colorado, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. When you join or renew your membership, be sure to choose a chapter so you do not miss out on information in their newsletter. You can join additional chapters as well.
The Colorado Chapter was formed in 1980 in response to the needs of area genealogists interested in doing research on their German-speaking ancestors. Today about 20 percent of Colorado residents trace their ancestry back to Germany.
The Indiana Chapter was the second state chapter of Palatines to America to be formed. The first formal meeting of the chapter was held April 16, 1977. Members are interested in Germanic genealogy generally and/or in the Midwest region.
In the 1920s, a group of descendants of the New Bern German Palatines formed The North Carolina Society of the Descendants of the Palatines, a forerunner of the NC chapter of PalAm formed in 2011.
Our members include descendants of the original Palatine German settlers who arrived in the Hudson River Valley in 1709 and 1710 and all the way forward through history to current first generation Americans from Germany and other German speaking parts of Europe.
The Ohio Chapter Mission Statement is: To further interest and study of German speaking immigration in Ohio; Encourage members to further research family histories in Ohio; Promote information about life, times, and social life of German speaking emigrants and descendants.
The Pennsylvania Chapter seeks to facilitate discoveries related to Germanic immigrants who settled in or passed through Pennsylvania, document their stories, share relevant information, and encourage fellowship and learning among members.
Thuringian Open-Air Museum, Hohenfelden