Palatines to America
German Genealogy Society

Upcoming events

    • 2 Dec 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM Virtual Session
    How to find your Alsatian ancestors and their route to America

    presented by Brian Hartzell
    Ohio Chapter German Community Forum
    December 2, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to Noon EST
    ZOOM only

    Brian Hartzell is the Recording Secretary for the Ohio Chapter, Palatines to America. He was a member of the Conference Committee for the 2023 International German Genealogy Partnership conference, where he coordinated three live/virtual connection sessions.

    Hartzell is also a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. He has been an active researcher of his family’s genealogy for more than 20 years.

    He and his wife Terry have toured Germany and France several times within the past ten years, most recently in 2019 and 2022, when they visited their ancestral hometowns of Reihen in Baden and Kirrburg in Alsace, where they developed relationships with his wife’s French cousins who have helped them trace their respective ancestors back to the early 16th century.

    Brian is a retired nonprofit fund development officer and administrator of several nonprofit organizations in Ohio, Michigan and Alabama.

    This talk is free. Hope to see you online. To register, Email with the Subject Ohio PALAM GFS. We get so many emails; please be sure to use that specific title so that you can be sure to get registered and receive your ZOOM link. Send your questions when you register so we know what you are most interested in.

    • 16 Jan 2024
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM virtual session

    A session in the Pennsylvania Chapter Third Tuesday Zoom programs
    Tuesday January 16, 2024 at 7:00 PM EST
    Free and open to all PalAm members. 

    The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) is an organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to the study and preservation of family history, mainly in Western Pennsylvania. Since 1974 WPGS has aimed to provide members with genealogically related information, connections, and resources to enhance your family history and research. The Library is a non-circulating collection of materials, and includes standard reference volumes, indexes on immigration and emigration, military history and genealogy research. There are also several hundred volumes of published family histories, church and cemetery histories, and locality research.

    Surrounded by genealogy from a young age, Pamela Israel has long appreciated the richness that learning about your heritage and ancestors can bring. She loves helping others do the same. Pamela teamed up with her brother, a Germanic linguist, to launch Unlock Your History where she focuses on people’s family history and he translates old documents. Pamela is the current president of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. She is a ProGen alum and earned a genealogical certificate from Boston University.

    Register Here 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

    • 20 Jan 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:40 PM (EST)
    • Indianapolis IN & ZOOM

    Planning your research trip to Germany

    Indiana Chapter Collaborative Learning Session
    Saturday, January 20, 2024 ― 2:00 PM – 4:40 PM
    Irvington Branch Library
    5625 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis

    Free of charge―in person open to the public;
    open virtually only to PalAm members

    • A panel of 6 individuals will tell about their experiences using 3 different methods of planning: (1) a full-service heritage travel company accompanying you on-site; (2) a heritage travel service assisting with arrangements, but not physically present; and (3) individual self-planning.
    • Hear the benefits and potential shortcomings of each method.
    • Indicate your primary concern and ask questions about their experiences.
    • Overall purpose: to assist you in deciding which one of these options would be best for you.
    If planning to attend, please RSVP to [Subject field: CLS]

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    • 20 Feb 2024
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM virtual session

    A session in the Pennsylvania Chapter Third Tuesday Zoom programs
    Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 7:00 PM EST
    Free and open to all PalAm members. 

    Changes to administrative boundaries can have major implications on where genealogists look for records. The Mason-Dixon line, surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, marks part of the borders separating four states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia. The survey resolved a border dispute that had its origins almost a century earlier in the somewhat confusing proprietary grants by King Charles I to Lord Baltimore (Maryland), and by his son King Charles II to William Penn (Pennsylvania and Delaware). Our presenter will provide an overview of those disputes, the survey process and intent, and what it means for genealogical research

    Jacob Eubanks, MLS, manages the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library in Missouri. He writes and lectures on a variety of topics with emphasis on Colonial migration to Appalachia, the Midwest, and the Great Plains.

    Register Here  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

    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 10:15 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Indianapolis, Indiana and ZOOM

    Indiana Chapter Spring meeting
    Saturday, April 20, 2024

    Michigan Road Branch, Indianapolis Public Library
    6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
    and via ZOOM
    Registration 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM; Program 10:45 AM – 3:30 PM 

    "Indiana State Archives"
    Featured Speaker: Vicki Casteel

    Vicki Casteel is the Director of Patron and outreach Services at the Indiana State Archives. She will present the following topics:

    • Indiana State Archives: Types of Records & Use of Their Website
    • Indiana State Archives: Research Indiana Index

    There will also be a Group interaction session for in-person and virtual attendees to have an open discussion about a variety of aspects of German genealogy.

    At the end of the program, we will hold the Indiana Chapter Annual Business Meeting from 3:15-3-45 p.m.

    Download the flyer for more details and the registration form.

    • 6 Jun 2024
    • 8 Jun 2024
    • Albany, New York

    Call For Speakers

    Palatines to America German Genealogy Society is seeking proposals for speakers at our National Conference to be held in Albany, NY on June 7th and 8th, 2024. Submissions are due by December 1st, 2023.


    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. Professor Otterness earned his PhD in History at the University of Iowa. He is a professor of history at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

    For more information and updates, see the Conference 2024 web page.

    • 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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