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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

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P.O. Box 531096
Indianapolis, IN 46253


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Kocherthal Circle

Palatines to America has always been, and still is, a society open to all who are interested in German genealogy. It does not require any German ancestors, let alone those from a particular area or time period. In an effort to expand the experience of members, the Governing Board has decided to offer an opportunity to join others whose ancestors came in the same migration. The first is the well-publicized group who came under the leadership of Joshua Kocherthal during the period 1708-1711.To be called the Kocherthal Circle. Members will be required to prove descent from one of the Palatine immigrants to New York between 1708 and 1711. There will be an application form and a fee to cover the expenses of the Circle. All applicants that are approved will be inducted into the Kocherthal circle at the Palatines to America Annual meeting. Others who are encouraged to form a hereditary group are the deGraffenried group in New Bern, NC, the early Moravians, the 1848ers who fled after the failed revolution and many others. By melding those with a similar immigration experience, it will be possible for the individuals to share knowledge, research and experiences.

Note: This new group is only open to members. Members click HERE to go to the Members Only Website for application and further information. You may review the Rules and Aids for filling out the application form and the Kocherthal Application by clicking the documents listed above.