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Palatines to America German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Belgium, Brazil, Italy(South Tyrol), Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, 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


About Palatines to America Organization and Board

PALATINES TO AMERICA was founded in Columbus, Ohio, 12 July 1975. Beginning with a nucleus of 47 from throughout the U.S., the society now has about 1,000 members. It is incorporated as a non-profit organization under an Ohio Charter, and, along with its conforming Chapters, is an approved charitable organization under Section 501(c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

*The PURPOSE* of this society is to promote the study of Germanic immigration to North America, to publish information of general interest, and to provide a means for members to exchange information and share research.

*An ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE* is held each year usually in June. Speakers, seminars, resource persons, and fellowship with other members fill two or more days.

*An ANNUAL NATIONAL MEETING* is held in conjunction with the conference, with reports from officers and committees and election of officers.

*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.

Our President

Kent Robinson (2016-2018): was born in Washington, Indiana and received a BS in Kent Robinsonpharmacy from Purdue University. After working in Bloomington, Indiana for nine years he moved to Indianapolis and worked at a small retail professional-type pharmacy for four years. He then took a position at a hospital where he worked the night shift for 25 years before retiring in 2013. His initial interest in genealogy began when he was a senior in high school, but he hit a brick wall and his interest waned for several decades, until he had a renewed interest in the late 1990s. At that time he started doing research on his mother’s family—Traub—who had emigrated from Württemberg in 1854. He served as Indiana Chapter president from 2011 – 2015 and is currently the chapter’s newsletter editor. He has travelled to Germany seven times—the last being in 2014 when he lived there for 9½ months. His additional interests include traveling and attending sporting and cultural events.

Vice President

Vern Erickson (2017-2019)


Joe Stamm

Past President

Joe Lieby (2016-2018)


Grace Saatman (2016-2018)

Sally MacGowan (2017-2019)


Chapter Presidents

Colorado - Gina Moore

Indiana - Robert Suhr

New York - Garry Finkell

North Carolina - Melanie Crain

Ohio - Thomas Gerke

Pennsylvania - Dennis Carroll

Recording Secretary

Linda Dietrich (2017-2019)


Corresponding Secretary

Carol Chafin (2016-2018)