Palatines to America
German Genealogy Society

Upcoming events

    • 16 Apr 2024
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • PA Chapter 3rd Tuesday ZOOM virtual session
    with Brett Reigh, Reference Archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives

    A session in the Pennsylvania Chapter Third Tuesday Zoom programs
    Tuesday April 16, 2024 at 7:00 PM EDT
    Free and open to all PalAm members. 

    The Pennsylvania State Archives is now located in their new, State-of-the-Art building, which houses more than 250 million documents in the Commonwealth’s archival collections and replaces the former building, which was built in 1965. Each document has been selected because it has tremendous historical, legal, or financial value to the Commonwealth. Brett Reigh, Archivist II, will give us an overview of the new building, the collections, and how to access them, either on line or in person.

    Brett Reigh is a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s de-gree in History from Millersville University in 1994, and his master’s degree, also in History, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1997, both with a concen-tration in Public History.

    Register Here  to join us for this discussion. If you have a question that you want to ask, feel free to email it to us in advance at or

    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 10:15 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Indianapolis, Indiana and ZOOM

    Indiana Chapter Spring meeting
    Saturday, April 20, 2024

    Michigan Road Branch, Indianapolis Public Library
    6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
    and via ZOOM
    Registration 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM; Program 10:45 AM – 3:30 PM 

    "Indiana State Archives"
    Featured Speaker: Vicki Casteel

    Vicki Casteel is the Director of Patron and outreach Services at the Indiana State Archives. She will present the following topics:

    • Indiana State Archives: Types of Records & Use of Their Website
    • Indiana State Archives: Research Indiana Index

    There will also be a Group interaction session for in-person and virtual attendees to have an open discussion about a variety of aspects of German genealogy.

    At the end of the program, we will hold the Indiana Chapter Annual Business Meeting from 3:15-3-45 p.m.

    Download the flyer for more details and the registration form.

    • 4 May 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Denver & ZOOM

    Colorado Chapter Spring 2024 Seminar
    featuring Dana Palmer
    May 4 2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM MDT

    at the First Universalist Church of Denver
    4101 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80222-7262
    and ZOOM

    Dana will be speaking on several topics:

    • Finding German Records Using FamilySearch
    • Useful Tools for those with German Ancestors
    • Finding German Church Records on Archion
    • Naturalization Records-A Clue to the Past

    Dana Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM) specializes in lineage society applications, publishing family books, and Midwestern research – specifically Ohio. In addition to her client work, she is part of the Mayflower Silver Books team, and lectures at RootsTech and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conferences.

    You can attend this seminar in person or virtually. Registration will open around April 1st. You can register on our website at Let us know you are coming and what you are excited to learn about. 

    • 9 May 2024
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual via ZOOM

    Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Genealogy
    “Ancestors, AI and Prompt Engineering”

    Please join us Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 pm EDST for a free webinar on “Ancestors, AI and Prompt Engineering.” The lecture is for people who have not already used AI tools but want to learn about them and how to start, AND for those who are already using the tools to share ideas about how to be more effective and expand their use. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already been used in the realm of genealogy, with major success in indexing records as well as colorizing and animating photographs.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be your personal guide and your partner during your research. Learn from Dr. Margaret M. McMahon, a computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity professor, how AI products can assist you in your genealogical endeavors. Find out how to use AI in your research and writing, as well as its limitations. Products covered are: OpenAI ChatGPT, Google Gemini, and other AI tools. For all levels.

    This timely topic is presented by the Membership Services Committee.
    Register in advance for this program!

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program.

    • 21 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • PA Chapter 3rd Tuesday ZOOM virtual session
    The History and Documentation of York County's Revolutionary War Prison Encampment
    with co-presenters Jonathan Stayer and June Burk Lloyd

    A session in the Pennsylvania Chapter Third Tuesday Zoom programs
    Tuesday May 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM EDT
    Free and open to all PalAm members. 

    This program will present extensive original documents and photos of archaeological discoveries to il-lustrate the history and preservation of Camp Security, an encampment established in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1781 to hold British soldiers captured at the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown. It is the only remaining site of a Revolutionary War prison camp in the United States not obliterated by development. Co-presenters Jonathan Stayer and June Burk Lloyd will give particular attention to documentary sources pertaining to both the guards – including the York County militia – and the prisoners.

    Retiring after 35 years as reference archivist at the PA State Archives, Jonathan Stayer is president of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogy Society in York. He has been documenting and speaking about Camp Security for over forty years.

    June Burk Lloyd, Librarian Emerita at York County Histo-ry Center, pursued her degrees in History and American Studies because of her deep local roots and love of area history, which she shared through her York Sunday News column and Universal York blog.

    Register  to join us for this discussion. If you have a question that you want to ask, feel free to email it to us in advance at or

    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual via ZOOM

    Palatines to America National Membership Meeting
    1:00 PM EDT

    Save the Date! Details later.

    • 6 Jun 2024
    • (EDT)
    • 9 Jun 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Albany, New York
    • 96

    June 6-9, 2024


    The Albany Hilton at 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY. The link for booking hotel rooms at the Albany Hilton is:

    Keynote Speaker

    PHILIP L. OTTERNESS, PhD. Distinguished historian Philip Otterness will be the keynote speaker at the 2024 Palatines to America National Conference.

    Dr. Otterness, known best for Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York, will be speaking on the New Bern, North Carolina Palatines, their interactions with local Tuscarora Indians, and a comparative study of that tribe’s interactions with Palatines in New York’s Mohawk Valley after they sought refuge there. He will also lecture about his adventures in various archives around the world in search of the Palatines’ story. Conference attendees will also have an extended opportunity to ask Dr. Otterness any questions they may have regarding the Palatine migration.


    • Access to all of the lectures, including those of keynote speaker, Philip Otterness
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday
    • Invitation to a meet and greet on Thursday evening
    • An overview of how to use the State Library for genealogy on Thursday. The State Library is just a few blocks from the Albany Hilton.
    • An over view of the Henry Z Jones Jr Palatine Research Center on Sunday. Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Road, Germantown NY

    2024 PalAm National Conference speakers:

    Jon Marie Pearson, The Simple Living Genealogist
    Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert, My Heritage
    James M. Beidler, Executive Director, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
    William P. Tatum III, Dutchess County Historian
    Philip Otterness, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of History, Warren Wilson College

    View a Video Recording of the 2024 Conference Preview Session 
    Passcode: 0ajYqG@n

    Download PDF of the Conference Schedule

    Your organization is invited to be a vendor or exhibitor at the conference!

    Download PDF Details for Vendors and Exhibitors

    Please consider being a sponsor!

    Download PDF Details for Sponsorship

    See for an Overview of the Conference.
    Please send registration questions to

    • 8 Sep 2024
    • (MDT)
    • 15 Sep 2024
    • (MDT)
    • Salt Lake City, Utah

    FamilySearch Library Research Trip
    September 8–September 15, 2024
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Come join us on the 2024 PalAm FamilySearch Library research trip!

    • Hotel accommodations at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel—a 2-minute walk to the Library

      • 7-nights [Sunday, September 8 thru Saturday, September 14 (depart Sept. 15)]
      •  Special hotel rate for our genealogy group
    • 4 floors of extensive research resources―microfilm, books, periodicals, maps, etc.
    • Research specialists to provide assistance and translations
    • View microfilm onsite that otherwise requires vising a FamilySearch Center or Affiliated Library
    • Transfer a wide variety of media to digital format at no cost―includes photos, VCR, cassette tapes, movies, etc.
    • Going as part of a group that can be supportive is especially good for first time visitors to the FamilySearch Library
    • Welcome event on Sunday evening and Farewell group dinner prior to departure
    • The remainder of the time is yours to use for research as you desire.
    • Travel arrangements and additional expenses provided by each attendee

    Download the flyer for more information and registration form.

    Questions? Contact Kent Robinson, group leader, at

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