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Palatines to America German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Belgium, Brazil, Italy(South Tyrol), Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Romania, Ukraine

Resource Center / Office
Wed, Thurs. 10 am - 2 pm.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 141260
Columbus, OH 43214

4601 N High St, Suite C, Columbus, OH 43214

Phone: 614-267-4700


Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

  • Do you need to learn or improve your skill reading German church books or other German records?

    On Friday, March 13, 2020, Dr. Roger Minert will teach 2 classes regarding German handwriting in 17th - 19th century documents.

    These will be held at the Flanner & Buchanan Meeting Room, 2950 N. High School Road, Indianapolis.

    • Beginner session: 9:30 AM – 12 Noon [minimum 15 people; maximum 20 people]
    • Advanced session: 1:15 PM – 3:45 PM [minimum 10 people; maximum 20 people]
    • Registration fee: $25 each session

    For a description of the classes and a registration form click /palam_update/resources/2020-03-13-german-handwriting-classes-flyer-final.pdf

  • On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America will hold their spring meeting at the Indianapolis Liederkranz, 1417 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis. The presenter will be Roger Minert, retired professor of family history at Brigham Young University, who is one of the foremost experts on German genealogy.

    He will give four presentations:

    • Surnames in German-language Regions of Europe
    • Civil Records in Germany
    • A Day in the Life of Your German Ancestor
    • Residential Registration in Germany


    Registration will be from 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM with the program starting at 9:30 AM. The registration fee is $25 for Pal-Am members and $35 for non-members (or Pal-Am members after February 29). Lunch may be ordered with a choice of either Kassler Rippchen (smoked pork chop) or mushroom lasagna plus sides and dessert for $13. Dr. Minert will also be available for to answer personal research questions during breaks and a number of his books will also be available to purchase. A registration form can be downloaded at /palam_update/resources/2020-03-14-spring-meeting-flyer-final.pdf

Indiana Chapter PALAM 

The Indiana Chapter was the second state chapter of Palatines to America to be formed. The first organizational meeting was held at a private home in 1976. The first formal meeting of the chapter was held April 16, 1977. The chapter holds a spring meeting and a fall workshop, with a wide variety of speakers and topics. A quarterly chapter newsletter is an additional benefit of membership. Robert A. McDougal, M.D., chapter member and past-president, has compiled indexes of three German groups, the "Athenaeum Turners", the "Indianapolis Gardeners", and the "Pioneers of the North American Turners". These indexes relate to periods dating from 1862 to 1918. For access, please see the Special Features box on the National home page.

Chapter officers:
President - Karen Zimmerman
Vice-President - Amber Oldenburg
Recording Secretary - Jane Feit 
Corresponding Secretary - Grace Saatman
Treasurer - Max Carpenter

Director-at-Large - Marianne Wokeck

Past President - Bob Suhr


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