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Palatines to America German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Belgium, Brazil, Italy(South Tyrol), Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, 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 Details

German Genealogical Research Series – Free Program
Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Blvd, Independence, Ohio
Saturday, September 9 – 2 PM to 4 PM
Speaker: Nancy Ottman, Genealogical Researcher for 30 years
Topics: Finding Your German Roots & 19th Century German Traveler
Open to all at no charge as public service by Ohio Chapter Palatines to America and the Cuyahoga Valley Genealogical Society

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Detailed info below:

Guest Speaker – Nancy Ottman
Nancy Is retired Director of HR and Loss Prevention for the JC Penney Co. She has been involved with genealogy research for 30 years. Nancy is a member of the OGS, Pal-Am and the KS Genealogical Society. She has spoken to numerous Genealogical and Historical Societies, and fraternal organizations. Lectured at the Columbus Metro Library, Groveport Madison School District and Palatines to America both Ohio Chapter and National organization. In 2014 she completed a study with the Univ. of NC on American Gravestones and Cemeteries. Nancy was recently published in the “Your Genealogy Today” magazine.


2 pm Finding your German Roots Finding your German Ancestors includes such topics as: gathering and recording family information, understanding naming patterns, primary and secondary documentation, and German church and civil records.

3 pm 19th Century German Traveler The 19th Century German 
Traveler reviews causes for emigration, ports of deportation, ports of arrival and a transcription of one German Traveler’s Diary from Germany to America.
Directions to Civic Center: From I 77 North, take exit 153 (Pleasant Valley Rd.) and turn left on Pleasant Valley heading east. Turn left at Rt. 21, Brecksville Rd., and head north. Selig Blvd. is on the left – you will head down a small hill and see the stoplight. The driveway is very wide. Turn left onto Selig Blvd. and then turn right at the stop sign. This is the entrance to Civic Center complex. The parking lot will be to your left.

Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America in conjunction with the Cuyahoga Valley Genealogical Society presents this program as a public service. Everyone is welcome – No Charge!