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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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Palatines to America
P.O. Box 531096
Indianapolis, IN 46253


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PO Box 141260
Columbus, OH 43214

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North Carolina Chapter of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

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"When we consider the Latitude and convenient Situation of Carolina, had we no farther Confirmation therefore, our Reason would inform us, that such a Place lay fairly to be a delicious County, being placed in that Girdle of the World which affords Wine, Oil, Fruit, Grain, and Silk, with other rich Commodities, besides a sweet Air, moderate Climate, and fertile Soil; these are the Blessings (under Heaven's Protection) that spin out the Thread of Life to its utmost Extent, and crown our Days with the Sweets of Health and Plenty, which, when join'd with Content, renders the Possessors the happiest Race of Men upon Earth." (John Lawson's 1709 A New Voyage to Carolina

Today's Carolina (North Carolina) is different from the land John Lawson described. Its geography includes not just the Eastern section with 'moderate Climate' but a Piedmont full of pine trees and a Western mountainous region. In the same 18th century, a bit later than the settling of New Bern, Germans migrated down the Shenandoah Valley and found many places to settle. From sea to mountains, the history of the state includes some German culture, a culture we celebrate.  

                                              When We Gather

Meetings are one day gatherings held each year in the Spring and Fall.They are known as Conferences because we combine education, genealogy, history, and fellowship at our meetings. The Fall 2016 Conference occurred mid-October in Chapel Hill, NC. Our next meeting will be the Spring 2017 Conference in Raleigh, the State Capitol.



                                               Chapter Membership

Besides Conferences, the Chapter also provides:

  • A Chapter quarterly newsletter
  • Opportunity to discuss common Palatines ancestors
  • Research guidence and news
  • Facebook page: NC Chapter Palatines to America
  • German culture and language (coming soon)

                                              Chapter Officers

  • Melanie Crain              President
  • Becky Thornton           Vice President
  • Sally Poland                Recording Secretary
  • Carol Blackwelder       Corresponding Secretary
  • Mary Ellis                     Membership/Registrar
  • Roger Eury                  Treasurer
  • Victor T. Jones             Trustee
  • Holt Anderson              Trustee
  • David Naehring            Trustee
Visit our Facebook page: NC Chapter Palatines to America
A site where you may contact us for membership, potential programs and guest spealers.
                                               Past Conferences

Alamance County, NC

Old Brick Church

May 2015 Conference

Salisbury, Rowan County, NC

The Old Organ Lutheran Church

Salisbury, Rowan County, NC

The Old Organ Lutheran Church

¹From John Lawson’s A New Voyage to Carolina, first published 1709 (London); edited by Hugh Talmadge Lefler (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1967)