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Palatines to America National German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Belgium, Brazil, Italy(South Tryol), Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Romania, Ukraine

Resource Center / Office
Wed, Thurs. 10 am - 2 pm; Closed: November 24 - 30; December 21 - January 6, 2016

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

  • Presented in partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library. Programs at are at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Genealogy Branch, 4371 E. Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43213

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 7-8:30pm Orientation to the Palatines to America Genealogy Collection Presenter: Russ Pollitt (Genealogy Subject Specialist Columbus Metropolitan Library)

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7-8:30pm The German American Experience in Columbus, Ohio Through 4 Generations of Distelhorst's Presenter: David Distelhorst (MLIS Intern Columbus Metropolitan Library)

    Thursday, October 23, 2015 7-8:30pm German Records – Find out what records and resources are available for German genealogy in Ancestry, FamilySearch, and more. Presenter: Russ Pollitt (Genealogy Subject Specialist Columbus Metropolitan Library)

  • Ohio Chapter Fall Seminar, October 24, 2015, 9-4pm at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave, U.S. Rte. 42, Plains City, Ohio 43064. Dr. Wokeck, author of Trade in Strangers, and Chancellor's Professor of History, Indiana University will be our speaker. Topic: "Follow the Pioneers: Leaving Germany and Adjusting in the New World" including sessions on To Move or Not to More: Transatlantic Relocation in the Age of Sail, Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns, The Branding of "Other": Defining and Re-defining Ethnic Identity in the 18th century and Preaching and Walking the Walk: The Role of a Minister's Household in Shaping Local Customs and Traditions.  Register online Here

  • Germans in American Wars and Military Research will be the theme for our fall meeting on Saturday, October 31 at the Athenaeum in Indianapolis. The program will provide historical information about the participation of Germans in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The final presentation will provide instructions on how you can find military records for your ancestors. Featured speakers will be Dr. Daniel Krebs, Associate Professor of history at the University of Louisville; Michael Peake, a Hoosier historian and genealogist; and Brenda Barker, a professional genealogist and Indiana Chapter member. For a flyer and registration form click here: /palam_update/resources/2015-10-31-fall-meeting-flyer-v1.pdf


  • Free Workshop by Ernie Thode 10-12:30 on 7 Nov 2015 at the Tuscarawas Public Library, 121 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

    Registration is not necessary. 

  • The Palatines to America National Conference will be at Ft. Wayne, IN on 22 – 25 June. More information to follow soon.

  • Family History Research Trip, Early bird registrations by May 1, 2016

    Click here for details