Palatines to America logo

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


Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

  • We are excited to have Dr. Helmut Schmahl, professor of history at the Universität Mainz, Germany give four presentations for this meeting. He earned his Ph.D. degree studying the emigration from Hessen-Darmstadt to Wisconsin in the 19th century and was a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin in 2002. German emigration to America is one of his primary areas of interest and expertise. The program will feature two presentations related to history (We Are Not Strangers in This Land: German Immigrants in the U.S. from Independence Until the First World War —and— Beyond Lederhosen and Sauerkraut: Everyday Life in Germany in the 18th and 19th Centuries). Following a box lunch there will be two presentations related to genealogy (Traces They Left Behind: German Sources About Our Ancestors —and— Going Digital: Current Trends in Genealogical Research in Germany). Don't miss this opportunity to hear a special lecturer from the homeland! For a flyer with detailed information and registration form click here. Questions? Send an e-mail to

    This event is co-sponsored by the Indiana German Heritage Society, Max Kade German-American Center and the Indiana Historical Society.

Indiana Chapter PALAM 

The Indiana Chapter was the second state chapter of Palatines to America to be formed. The first organizational meeting was held at a private home in 1976. The first formal meeting of the chapter was held April 16, 1977. The chapter holds a spring meeting and a fall workshop, with a wide variety of speakers and topics. A quarterly chapter newsletter is an additional benefit of membership. Robert A. McDougal, M.D., chapter member and past-president, has compiled indexes of three German groups, the "Athenaeum Turners", the "Indianapolis Gardeners", and the "Pioneers of the North American Turners". These indexes relate to periods dating from 1862 to 1918. For access, please see the Special Features box on the National home page.

Chapter officers:
President - Bob Suhr
Vice-President - vacant
Recording Secretary - Jane Feit 
Corresponding Secretary - Grace Saatman
Treasurer - Barbara Clisham

For further information, please send an e-mail