Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society
The spring meeting will be a series of presentations about "Key Essentials of German Genealogy—from Basics to Success." The overall purpose is to provide attendees with some basic knowledge that enables them to take the next step in their German genealogy research—whether they are tryinig to find the village of origin, locate records of an ancestor in a known village of origin, or looking for records beyond those already obtained.
There will be four one-hour long presentations which will focus on:
determining and locating the home village prior to emigration
history and geography of Germanic-speaking areas that can provide a background for understanding your ancestors and also indicate where records may be found
researching records in the homeland
useful books, resources, and websites
What if I don't speak German?
Where do I look for additional records?
Where can I learn more?
All presentations will be given by Kent Robinson, former Indiana Chapter President and former National President, except the History and Geography presentation which will be given by Bob Suhr, current Indiana Chapter President.
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.
President - Bob Suhr
Vice-President - Karen Zimmerman
Recording Secretary - Jane Feit
Corresponding Secretary - Grace Saatman
Treasurer - Barbara Clisham