About us

PALATINES TO AMERICA was founded in Columbus, Ohio, 12 July 1975. Beginning with a nucleus of 47 individuals from throughout the U.S., the society now has about 800 members. It is incorporated as a non-profit organization under an Ohio Charter, and, along with its conforming Chapters, is an approved charitable organization under Section 501(c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.


The purpose of this society is to promote the study of Germanic immigration to North America, to publish information of general interest, preserve information relating to early German immigrants and to provide a means for members to exchange information and share research.

A NATIONAL CONFERENCE is held every other year, usually in June. Speakers, seminars, resource persons, and fellowship with other members fill two or more days. This is an event you do not want to miss.

CHAPTERS are organized to encourage personal participation, to make possible more fellowship, and to provide easy access to local workshops and research within an area. Most chapters publish a newsletter, print publications, and hold conferences, workshops, and seminars. Currently, Palatines to America has chapters in Colorado, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. When you renew your membership, be sure to choose a chapter so you do not miss out on information in their newsletter.


  • to promote interest in the research and study of all German-speaking peoples who migrated to the Americas
  • to exchange and preserve information relating to the history and culture of German-speaking families
  • to provide appropriate methods, tools and resources to assist members in achieving their research goals
  • to encourage fellowship and sharing of information among members.

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