National Conference 2024

The 2024 PalAm National Conference will be held June 6-8
Albany, NY at the Albany Hilton


The New York Chapter of PalAm is hosting the event. Our keynote speaker will be PHILIP L. OTTERNESS, PhD. Professor Otterness earned his PhD in History at the University of Iowa. He is a professor of history at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

In addition to various academic positions, Professor Otterness has been studying the Palatine immigrants for many years. He authored the book, “Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York” published by Cornell University Press in 2004. He continues to research the Palatines and has had many articles published in scholarly journals and is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad.


The Albany Hilton at 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY. The link for booking hotel rooms at the Albany Hilton is:

This is a great location as there are several historic buildings within a couple of blocks from the hotel. One is St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, which is literally across the street. The parish was established in 1715, and it has a silver service from Queen Anne herself. It is the burial site of the only British general buried in North America, General George Howe, killed by the French at Ticonderoga. It is a 10-minute walk to the First Church of Albany, the Dutch Reformed Church with the oldest pulpit in North America. It was the church of Teddy Roosevelt and FDR when they were governors. The State Capitol is just up the street, and the State Library is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.


Palatines to America German Genealogy Society is seeking proposals for speakers at our National Conference to be held in Albany, NY on June 7th and 8th, 2024. Submissions are due by December 1st, 2023.

The purpose of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society is to promote the study of Germanic immigration to North America, to publish information of general interest, preserve information relating to early German immigrants and to provide a means for members to exchange information and share research.

Our 2024 National Conference will highlight the tremendous genealogical resources available in the Hudson River Valley, particularly one that PalAm was instrumental in securing - the Henry Z Jones Jr. Palatine Research Center at the Germantown Library, which opened in 2022.

We invite professionals, academics, and enthusiasts to submit proposals for lectures, workshops, and panel discussions related to all eras of German immigration to North America, related genealogy, and the general history of these migrations. We will also consider proposals related to new genealogical methodologies, best practices, physical and digital archiving, gravestone preservation, and other subjects that dovetail with German genealogy. In person presentations will be given preference though we will consider pre-recorded presentations.

Accepted proposals will be paid a stipend of $250 per one-hour-long block of content. If you would like to present for more than one hour or would like to do multiple one-hour presentations, please indicate that on the proposal.

Please send submissions to by December 1st, 2023. Submissions should include a clear title, 250 word abstract, resume or CV of the presenter, format and length of the presentation, as well as a detailed outline of the presentation. If selected, you will be notified by January 1st, 2024.
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