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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

  • Jan 28, 2017 10am to noon The German Community Forum Series is held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215, 3rd floor meeting room. January’s topic: German Resources & Newspapers presented by Liz Plummer and Jenni Salamon.

  • February 25, 2017 German Community Forum Series: 10am-noon at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215, 3rd floor meeting room. February’s topic: Traveling & Researching in Germany presented by Tom Gerke.

  • March 25, 2017 10am-noon German Community Forum held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215, 3rd floor meeting room. March’s topic: Beginning German Genealogy presented by Madelon Palmo.

  • 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 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.