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Palatines to America National German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Belgium, Brazil, Italy(South Tyrol), Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland, Russia, 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 at Columbus, Ohio, 12 July 1975. Beginning with a nucleus of 47 from throughout the U.S., the society now has over 2,000-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, Illinois, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Our President

Joseph Lieby, Ed.D.  (2012-2016): Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Master’s degree in psychology from Fordham University, and a Doctorate in education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He retired as a school district administrator, and has been engaged in genealogical research in the New York, New Jersey area since 1990. As a professional genealogist he has spoken at several local and regional societies on topics including “Getting the Most from Newspapers”, “Not Your Usual Genealogical Software”, “Westward Migration in New York”, “Who Were the Parents of --- ?” and “The Trail Our Ancestors Left in Becoming Citizens.” Short articles have been published in Family History Magazine, and Genealogical Computing. He is a member of several genealogical organizations, and in addition to being the president of Palatine to America, he is also 1st VP of the Orange County NY Genealogical Society, and the newsletter editor for the New York Chapter of Palatines to America.

Vice President

Larry Bicking  (2015-2017) 


Margaret Weiler

Past President

Pam Smith (2012-2016)


Ernest Thode (2015-2017)

Kenny Burck (2014-2016)

Chapter Presidents

Colorado - Gina Moore

Indiana - Robert Suhr

Illinois - Becki Leucht

New York - Karen Wilson

North Carolina - Bonnie Everhart

Ohio - Thomas Gerke

Pennsylvania - Doris Glick