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PA CHAPTER PALATINES TO AMERICA SPRING CONFERENCE – MAY 7, 2016 in the ACADEMIC FORUM, KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY, KUTZTOWN, PA
Registration: 8:00am CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
$40.00 members, $45.00 for nonmembers of the Pennsylvania Chapter Palatines to America Buffet lunch included
Jim Landis will give a presentation entitled “To Share and Share Alike...” on the complexity of settling an estate in the 18th and 19th Century and all the numerous papers generated in the process. We will learn what the term “election of the widow’s dower” means. Landis is a genealogist and historian with more than 35 years of experience in researching family history. He has been an active researcher and volunteer at both the Lancaster County Historical Society and the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for many years. Since 1992, he has taught a number of genealogical topics
Ned Heindel & Howard McGinn’s presentation will cover Northampton County, PA .
Ned Heindel, PhD, Lehigh University Professor of Chemistry, has been an avocational historian for more than 50 years. He has published articles and books on regional history and on the history of science. Ned has been a member and an officer on the boards of a number of history-related societies: the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society (NCHGS), the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Williams Township Historical Society, the Beckman Foundation, and the History Division of the American Chemical Society. He has written or edited five books on Northampton County history published by NCHGS. Mr. Heindel will address the origins of Northampton County, PA that was founded in 1752 as an off shoot of Bucks County, PA. Fifteen counties were split off from Northampton County between 1772 and 1878. He will provide information on where to locate records.
Howard McGinn, ESQ, a retired attorney, has been a volunteer genealogical researcher at the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society since 2010. He has been an avocational genealogist since the mid-1970s, researching his family’s Irish, German, Dutch, and English roots, . In addition to the NCHGS, he is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Ulster County (NY) Genealogical Society, and Historic Palmyra (NY). He will continue the talk on Northampton County with Mr. Heindel.
Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith "Researching Bedford County " He is a full-time professional Certified Genealogist specializing in Pennsylvania research. He is a faculty member and course coordinator fort Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR who researches regularly at the Pennsylvania Archives, State Library of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Law Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, military repositories (including David Library of the American Revolution and US Army Military History Institute), National Archives, religious & denominational repositories, county courthouses, and various county and local historical and genealogical societies. He is the author of a number of books and journal articles. Qualified as expert witness in genealogy, Mr. Smith’s presentation on “Researching Bedford County” uses the records and histories of Bedford County to not only show the “tricks of the trade” for this particular county, but also to teach how to approach the records of a particular Pennsylvania county. The emphasis will on how to build your county knowledge and tool kit for thorough and effective research. Discussion of the historical context will include the history of those of German ancestry as they migrated into Bedford and westward.
Patrick Donmoyer, Site Manager at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, will discuss “Symbolism in the Pennsylvania German Culture". He will show examples of decorations used in folk art, fraktur, redware, barn art and other areas of everyday life. Donmoyer is the Site Manager at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, a folk life museum and research center. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, and an avid translator of early German, Donmoyer’s work blends cultural, linguistic and vernacular architecture in folk life research. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, “Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars” and “The Friend in Need :An Annotated Translation of an Early Pennsylvania Folk-Healing Manual,” which explores the ritual culture of Pennsylvania’s folk medicine traditions.
.*Pennsylvania Chapter History* The Pennsylvania Chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary year in 2002-2003. On October 15, 1977, fourteen people, interested in forming a chapter of Palatines to America, met to organize. Six of them volunteered to serve on a steering committee to help guide the new chapter. The Pennsylvania Chapter currently has 360 members in 49 states, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, The Virgin Islands, France, and Germany. If you are not a member, contact the chapter for a membership form.
Researchers and/or visitors to Pennsylvania may find this location to be of interest: The genealogy library at the Pensylvania German Cultural Heritage Center in Kutztown, PA.
The start of the Pennsylvnia "Dutch" country was with a group of Mennonites in 1710. Headed by Hans Herr, the home of his son Christian Herr still stands and is the oldest extant building in Lancaster County. The Mennonites regard this as the oldest extant Mennonite Meeting House in the Americas. For more information see, Hans Herr House. One major depository of genealogical and historical information in Eastern Pennsylvania is the Lancaster Historical Society in Lancaster, see Lancaster Historical Society . A treasury of information on the Anabaptists (Mennonites and Amish) is to be found at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society along Route 30, east of Lancaster.
Contact us by E-mail Palatines to America or write to - Pennsylvania Chapter P.O. Box 35 Temple, PA 19560