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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


Calendar of Events of PalAm German Genealogy Society

  • The Spring Meeting of the Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America will be held on Saturday, April 8 at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio Street in Indianapolis. The speaker will be Dr. Roger Minert, internationally renowned genealogist and professor of religious education at Brigham Young University.  He is widely recognized as one of the preeminent authorities in Germanic genealogy in the United States and this is only the second time that he has given presentations in Indiana in his career. He is the author of more than seventy books and articles on German family history research and German pedagogy. His areas of expertise include German family history research, German language/dialects in old vital records, German and paleography. His areas of research include History of German church records, German immigrants in the United States, deciphering archaic manuscripts, and German Latter-day Saints in World War II. Among books that he has published are German Immigrants in American Church Records, Volume 1, Indiana Protestant. This series now encompasses 19 volumes in 10 states. His most recent book is German Census Records 1816-1916: the When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource.  He will give four presentations:

    • “Status in German Society  1500-1800 – Where did your ancestors Fit In?”
    • “Gazetteers in Germany”
    • “Census Records in Germany”
    • “Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe

    He will also be available to answer personal research questions. The order of registrations received will be used to determine the order for asking those questions.

    For registration a registration form, click /palam_update/resources/2017-04-08-spring-meeting-flyer-final-v5.pdf

    If you have questions, send an e-mail to

  • The Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy

     2017 Spring Seminar April 22, 2017- “Beyond the Obvious: German Genealogy”, 9am – 4:30pm

    Columbus Metropolitan Library Auditorium, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

    Presenting: Fritz Juengling, Ph.D, AG German Research Specialist, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT


    Beyond the Obvious: Beyond Practical and Social Concerns for Emigration to America

    Historical Events that Affect German Genealogical Research

    The Genealogical Value of German Guild Records: How to Fill the Gaps when Church Records are Missing

    German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution

    Lunch will be provided by Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.

    Goto  to make reservations. Advanced registration deadline – April 5, 2017.

  • 2017 Colorado Chapter Spring Seminar

    Saturday, May 6, 2017, Denver Public Library

    Dr. Juengling will present lecture topics:

    • German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution
    • Germans from Russia: Their History and Resources for Research
    • German Guild Records: Filling in the Gaps When Parish Records do not Extit
    • Beyond the Obvious Reasons: Practical and Social Decisions for Emigration to America

    See seminar flyer.


  • 2017 Pennsylvania Chapter Spring Conference.

    Academic Forum, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.

    The Pennsylvania Chapter is offering their Spring Conference on May 6, 2017 at the Academic Forum at Kutztown University. Hours are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. This one day conference will include lunch and the Annual Business meeting.

    Speakers are as follows:
    Paul Peucker, PhD: “Moravians in America & The Moravian Archives”
    Del-Louise Moyer, MM: “Ornamental Arts at Moravian Boarding Schools”
    Hal Merz, MBA: “Tightening the Screws, How Pennsylvania’s Loyalists were treated in the Revolutionary Era”
    Roy Gehris: “Finding Military Records”

    For further information, contact Dennis Carroll at

  • 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference

    The International Germanic Genealogy Conference is presented by the International German Genealogy Partnership and hosted by the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society.

    A growing international Germanic genealogy organization has set the date for the first of what is to become a biennial international conference offering Germanic family researchers unique opportunities to connect with people from other countries.

    The conference is set for July 28 – 30, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN.

    “For anyone involved in researching Germanic ancestors, this is a rare opportunity to make personal connections with people from the United States, Germany and other countries. We especially encourage members and leaders of societies in the Partnership to join us in this inaugural international conference,” said Kent Cutkomp, one of the key founders of the Partnership and a past president of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, host of the 2017 conference.


    The conference—“CONNECTIONS: International. Cultural. Personal.”—will offer more than 30 presentations by Germanic genealogy experts worldwide. Attendees will be invited to be part of a conference surname and locality database to match up with others attending, Cutkomp said.

    Study rooms with computers and expert personal assistance will offer help with German script, language and research. The conference also will feature impromptu gatherings by region or special interest and a large field of vendors and exhibitors, he said.

    The conference is scheduled at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb. Attendees may book room reservations at the hotel beginning in August. Registration for the conference opens in January 2017.

    Expanding international cooperation

    The Partnership, founded in 2015, joins Germanic societies across America, Germany, Canada, England and other European countries, and continues to draw new societies worldwide. Partnership members include the more than 60 societies belonging to the Germany-based Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände, whose leadership helped in founding the Partnership.

    “Our purpose in creating the Partnership is to expand cooperation among societies nationally and internationally for the benefit of their individual members,” Cutkomp said. “We are undertaking a number of major initiatives, one of those being the 2017 international conference.”

    More at

    Conference flyer and hotel information.

  • 2017 Ohio Chapter Fall Seminar

    October 21, 2017, CML Library

    Details to follow.