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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

Eisenach, Germany
Rhine River
Tubingen, Baden-Wuertemberg, Germany

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


National Conference, 2020

June 17-20, 2020 Cincinnati, Ohio

Click Here for more details.


IGGP Conference June 15-17, 2019

June 15-17, 2019 Sacramento for the IGGP Conference See: IGGP Website for more information

Palatine Patter Newsletter

Visiting Research Center/Office -  Check if the Research Center is closed due to inclement weather, (614) 267-4700. The Research Center will be closed from August 19 to September 4, 2018 for a summer break. Please email the the Research Center at to confirm that the Center will be open during your planned visit.

Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (PalAm)  is a national organization dedicated to finding German-speakingGerman Village ancestors and their place of origin. Whether your ancestors are from Germany, Austria, Alsace, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, East Prussian, Pomerania, Brandenberg, Silesia, Galicia, Bohemia or other German-speaking areas, PALAM can help you find that elusive ancestor.

Our membership consists of persons at all levels of research beginners to professionals. Members are happy to help you and share information with you. Pay-for research is available also

Our online databases some public, some members only, can connect you with other researchers seeking the same family names and hard to find information for your family. See link in top navagation bar.

PALAM Book Collection is in the newly remodeled Columbus Metropolitan Libary.

The Palatine to America book collection is back at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215. Phone:(614) 645-2275 

  • January 26, 2019 German Community Forum, Ohio Chapter PALAM at CML 10am DETAILS
  • Feb 23, 2019 German Community Forum Ohio Chapter PALAm - Early German Immigration to America and into Ohio at CML, Columbus, Ohio DETAILS
  • March 23, 2019 German Community Forum - Naturalization Records CML, Columbus, Ohio 10-Noon DETAILS
  • April 6, 2019 -- Indiana Chapter Spring Meeting--Key Essentials of German Genealogy DETAILS
  • April 26 - 27, 2019, Colorado PALAM Chapter Spring Genealogical Seminar DETAILS
  • April 27, 2019 German Community Forum - Searching Family Search Like an Expert - Diana Druback, 10-Noon CML, Columbus, Ohio DETAILS
Ancestral Churches Project

Palam is starting to collect digital pictures* and short descriptions of ancestral churches of our members. Please send your submission with your national membership number to our EMAIL CLICK HERE  Picture(s) must be included with your information. Name is required, link to contact information optional.

Ancestral Church Example

New Hanover Lutheran ChurchNew Hanover Lutheran Church (2941 Lutheran Rd, Gilbertsville, PA 19525), 1st German Lutheran Church in America, is the American ancestral home church of the Jurg Michael Schweinhardt family.

Jurg Michael 1695-1760 and his wife, Eleonara Magdalena nee Eckert 1701-1784 emigrated from Baden-Wuertemberg around Jungholzhausen to America (Pennsylvania) landing at the Port of Philadelphia in 1732.

They arrived with 4 children:

  • Eva Catherine 1724-1769
  • Johan Georg Andreas 1725-1786
  • Eva Elisabetha Barbara 1727-1812
  • Georg Andreas Michael 1729-?1732 (never seen in the records again after his arrival)
  • Johan Georg 1731-1815.


Children born after their arrival and recorded in the New Hanover Lutheran Church Records were:

  • Johannes 1735-1798
  • Andreas 1737-1804
  • Hans Michael 1741-1748
  • Johan Mathias 1744-1747.


Jurg was a Deacon of the church and is buried under the back corner. The Schweinhardt family has been traced to their ancestral roots in Kunsbach, Baden-Wuertemberg in 1620. For more information, contact Tom Swinehart. Select webmaster in recipient list.

Please note if you have a subscription to and search the card catalog you will find that the New Hanover Church Records are online.

Free marriage records are listed at

New Hanover Cemetery is on Find A Grave.

Ancestor Charts

The Ancestor Charts 4 generations + are genealogy charts that PalAm members have submitted detailing their ancestry as far back as possible. If you are a new member of PalAm please submit your files.

This collection of charts and the indices reside in the Resource Center in Columbus, OH. Currently there are over 130,000 names in the Ancestor Charts.

Immigrant Ancestor Charts

The Immigrant Ancestor Register (IAR) is compilation of German heritage ancestors submitted by our members. 
This information is maintained in order to share genealogical research and to establish a record for future reference.
Members login to the members only area to download the form for submission.

IAR records are in a database in the members only section.