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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


Colorado Chapter of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

  • Fall German Genealogy Seminar, October 22, 2016, Denver Public Library

    Dr. Wokeck passed the Staatsexamen at Hamburg University in 1973 and received her Ph. D. from Temple University in 1982. She is Chancellor's Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she directs the Institute for American Thought. She is also a Fellow of the Max Kade German- American Studies Center. Her major research interests are the history of the Atlantic world 1500-1800, immigration and ethnicity, including the role of religion in defining identity, and women's history. She has received numerous awards and has written Trade in Strangers: The Beginnings of Mass Migration to North America (Penn State University Press 1999); as well as editing volumes of Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania (University of Pennsylvania 1991) and The Papers of William Penn, vols. 3-4 (University of Pennsylvania Press 1986, 1987), among others.

    Dr. W.okeck's topics are:

    • Follow the Pioneers: The Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns
    • To Move or Not to Move: Transatlantic Relocation in the Age of Sail
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting Life as Redemptioners
    • Ethnic Identity in the 18th Century

    Join us on October 22. Click for the agenda and registration form.

Colorado Mountains, Palam Colorado Chaper

The Colorado Chapter was formed in 1980 in response to the needs of area genealogists interested in doing research on their German-speaking ancestors. The German language was used so extensively when Colorado was established in 1876 that the state constitution was published in both English and German. Today about 20 percent of Colorado residents trace their ancestry back to Germany. The Board of the Colorado Chapter consists of about 15 members whose primary goal is to assist the 80 local chapter members trace their German roots. The board has four open meetings each year to plan and run two annual seminars and to publish at least two newsletters prior to the seminars. The seminars take place in April and October and run a full day. The chapter’s annual meeting is held during the spring seminar, and a typical German dinner follows the fall seminar. Speakers at the seminars are both local experts in German genealogy and notable experts from other parts of the country. Attendance has been outstanding by both local chapter members as well as non-members. The Denver area is fortunate to have two excellent sources of genealogical documents available. A local branch of the National Archives is close by, and the Denver Public Library has one of the best collections of genealogical books and documents in the country. Our chapter supplements the library’s collection with useful German books and other genealogical documents on a continuing basis. See our Chapter web site at or  email us.

Links for German Research

The Federation of East European Family History Societies provides a forum for individuals and societies focused on specific countries and ethnic groups to exchange information they have in common with others, and to be updated on developments in the field of East European genealogy in general.

German Genealogy Subject Guide  Learn how to research your German ancestors! This subject guide provides a listing of essential resources available at NEHGS and other repositories, information on locating and using records, and how-to tips.