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.
Kent Robinson (2016-2018): was born in Washington, Indiana and received a BS in pharmacy 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.
Vern Erickson (2017-2019)
Joe Lieby (2016-2018)
Grace Saatman (2016-2018)
Sally MacGowan (2017-2019)
Colorado - Gina Moore
Indiana - Robert Suhr
New York - Garry Finkell
North Carolina - Melanie Crain
Ohio - Thomas Gerke
Pennsylvania - Dennis Carroll
Linda Dietrich (2017-2019)
Carol Chafin (2016-2018)