Palatines to America
German Genealogy Society

Upcoming events

    • 18 May 2024
    • 22 May 2024
    • Fort Wayne, Indiana
    MAY 18-22 2024

    Palatines to America is a Partner in the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) which is sponsoring a research trip to Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Those you who traveled to Fort Wayne for the IGGP 2023 conference probably spent time at the Allen County Public Library in its renowned genealogy collection.

    If you wish you had had more time to work in the library, you can join the IGGP research trip May 18-22, 2024 for a return to Fort Wayne and dig deeper into what the library and its staff have to offer.

    The ACPL Genealogy Center welcomes you to explore their unique and state-of-the-art resource for family history research. They have the largest publicly-available research collection in the country and make available, at no cost, records from around the world to aid in your discovery.

    Schedule your own research time; you can contact the library staff ahead of your visit to get ready. The IGGP has arranged for a discount on rooms at the Hampton and Courtyard hotels, and you can book online. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay later, contact the hotel directly to extend your stay.

    Staying as a group means you'll meet others with similar interests. And you know yourself that putting two family researchers in the same library means it won't be too long before you're sharing a meal and exchanging war stories!

    Details along with links for hotel booking are posted on the IGGP website.

    The last chance to reserve a room for the IGGP Research Trip to Ft Wayne, Indiana (May 18-22). The room block expires this Thursday, April 18.

    • 21 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • PA Chapter 3rd Tuesday ZOOM virtual session
    The History and Documentation of York County's Revolutionary War Prison Encampment
    with co-presenters Jonathan Stayer and June Burk Lloyd

    A session in the Pennsylvania Chapter Third Tuesday Zoom programs
    Tuesday May 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM EDT
    Free and open to all PalAm members. 

    This program will present extensive original documents and photos of archaeological discoveries to il-lustrate the history and preservation of Camp Security, an encampment established in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1781 to hold British soldiers captured at the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown. It is the only remaining site of a Revolutionary War prison camp in the United States not obliterated by development. Co-presenters Jonathan Stayer and June Burk Lloyd will give particular attention to documentary sources pertaining to both the guards – including the York County militia – and the prisoners.

    Retiring after 35 years as reference archivist at the PA State Archives, Jonathan Stayer is president of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogy Society in York. He has been documenting and speaking about Camp Security for over forty years.

    June Burk Lloyd, Librarian Emerita at York County Histo-ry Center, pursued her degrees in History and American Studies because of her deep local roots and love of area history, which she shared through her York Sunday News column and Universal York blog.

    Register  to join us for this discussion. If you have a question that you want to ask, feel free to email it to us in advance at or

    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual via ZOOM

    Palatines to America National Membership Meeting
    1:00 PM EDT

    The next Annual Membership Meeting for Palatines to America will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024, starting at 1:00 pm EDT. In past years, the meeting was held in person or as part of a PalAm National Conference or IGGP Conference. In 2023, we tried to make participation in the meeting available to as many members of the Society as possible. However, because the cost of audio/visual transmissions has risen so much in recent years, the Governing Board has decided to reduce cost by holding the Annual Membership Meeting separate from other conferences. To make participation in the meeting available to as many members as possible, the 2024 Annual Membership Meeting will be held virtually. A Zoom link will be provided to the membership so many members can take part in the business and awards sessions during the meeting. As required by PalAm’s Bylaws, the membership will be informed of the business (such as election of officers and budget) prior to the meeting.

    Three important issues will be acted on at the June 1, 2024, Annual Membership Meeting:

    1.Approve Budget for 2024-2025 (proposed budget will be sent to all members after the end of the current fiscal year, March 31)
    2.Election of Officers
    3.Honors and Awards 

    • 6 Jun 2024
    • (EDT)
    • 9 Jun 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Albany, New York
    • 94

    June 6-9, 2024


    The Albany Hilton at 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY. The link for booking hotel rooms at the Albany Hilton is:

    Keynote Speaker

    PHILIP L. OTTERNESS, PhD. Distinguished historian Philip Otterness will be the keynote speaker at the 2024 Palatines to America National Conference.

    Dr. Otterness, known best for Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York, will be speaking on the New Bern, North Carolina Palatines, their interactions with local Tuscarora Indians, and a comparative study of that tribe’s interactions with Palatines in New York’s Mohawk Valley after they sought refuge there. He will also lecture about his adventures in various archives around the world in search of the Palatines’ story. Conference attendees will also have an extended opportunity to ask Dr. Otterness any questions they may have regarding the Palatine migration.


    • Access to all of the lectures, including those of keynote speaker, Philip Otterness
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday
    • Invitation to a meet and greet on Thursday evening
    • An overview of how to use the State Library for genealogy on Thursday. The State Library is just a few blocks from the Albany Hilton.
    • An over view of the Henry Z Jones Jr Palatine Research Center on Sunday. Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Road, Germantown NY

    2024 PalAm National Conference speakers:

    Jon Marie Pearson, The Simple Living Genealogist
    Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert, My Heritage
    James M. Beidler, Executive Director, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
    William P. Tatum III, Dutchess County Historian
    Philip Otterness, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of History, Warren Wilson College

    View a Video Recording of the 2024 Conference Preview Session 
    Passcode: 0ajYqG@n

    Download PDF of the Conference Schedule

    Your organization is invited to be a vendor or exhibitor at the conference!

    Download PDF Details for Vendors and Exhibitors

    Please consider being a sponsor!

    Download PDF Details for Sponsorship

    See for an Overview of the Conference.
    Please send registration questions to

    • 8 Sep 2024
    • (MDT)
    • 15 Sep 2024
    • (MDT)
    • Salt Lake City, Utah

    FamilySearch Library Research Trip
    September 8–September 15, 2024
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Come join us on the 2024 PalAm FamilySearch Library research trip!

    • Hotel accommodations at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel—a 2-minute walk to the Library

      • 7-nights [Sunday, September 8 thru Saturday, September 14 (depart Sept. 15)]
      •  Special hotel rate for our genealogy group
    • 4 floors of extensive research resources―microfilm, books, periodicals, maps, etc.
    • Research specialists to provide assistance and translations
    • View microfilm onsite that otherwise requires vising a FamilySearch Center or Affiliated Library
    • Transfer a wide variety of media to digital format at no cost―includes photos, VCR, cassette tapes, movies, etc.
    • Going as part of a group that can be supportive is especially good for first time visitors to the FamilySearch Library
    • Welcome event on Sunday evening and Farewell group dinner prior to departure
    • The remainder of the time is yours to use for research as you desire.
    • Travel arrangements and additional expenses provided by each attendee

    Download the flyer for more information and registration form.

    Questions? Contact Kent Robinson, group leader, at

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