palatines to america
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If you are interested in discovering more about your German-speaking ancestors, you are in the right place! We are a friendly group of over 800 members who are passionate about researching the life and times of our German-speaking ancestors. Feel free to explore our pages--some of which are still under development--and join us to learn more about resources for finding your Germanic roots. We would like to hear your stories and genealogical adventures.

Please keep in mind this website is a work in progress. We are a nonprofit all-volunteer organization and we are adding content as we can. Perhaps you have an area of interest or expertise and would like to volunteer to help us meet our goals!

Franz Wilhelm Harsewinkel, Die Auswanderer nach Amerika, 1850; Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

So many German-speaking immigrants were from the Palatinate (Pfalz) region during the 1600-1700s that English-speaking people soon called anyone who spoke German a "Palatine." Our organization is interested in researching all German-speaking ancestors, not just those from the Palatinate region.

What is a Palatine, you ask...

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Kitchin, Thomas, Kitchin's General Atlas, describing the Whole Universe: being a complete collection of the most approved maps extant; corrected with the greatest care, and augmented from the last edition of D'Anville and Robert with many improvements by other eminent geographers, engraved on Sixty-Two plates, comprising Thirty Seven maps., Laurie & Whittle, London, 1797. [Public domain]

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