Welcome to the Pennsylvania Chapter of Palatines to America
Did your forebears emigrate to Pennsylvania from a German (aka Palatine) state? Are you interested in those Pennsylvania Germans? This is the place to learn more about them and find tips, clues, and resources to further your research. If your ancestors arrived in Philadelphia during the 1700s, the men were marched from the docks to the courthouse pictured above to sign the Oath of Allegiance (see the Research Links for the Pennsylvania German Pioneer series to learn more). Members have access to additional resources, including searchable newsletters back to the first in 1978.
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Upcoming PalAm Programs:
Date Program Presenter
July 16, 2024
7:00 PM EDT
Researching Your Pennsylvania German Ancestors at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
Presenter, Hunt Schenkel, is the Archivist at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA. The Schwenkfelders are a small German Protestant denomination who settled in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th century. Their center maintains internationally recognized collections and research facilities. Visitors can explore the themes of religious freedom, tolerance, migration, and heritage through stories of the Schwenkfelders and Pennsylvania Germans of the Perkiomen region.
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Hunt Schenkel
August, 2024 There will be no presentation this month. Happy Summer!
September 28, 2024
Starts at 1:00 PM EDT
Webinar and Annual Membership Meeting.
Join us via Zoom for the Pennsylvania Chapter’s Fall Webinar and Annual Membership Meeting. The program will start with two presentations by Bradley Smith related to the Berks County History Center: The Henry Janssen Library: Much More than a Genealogical Resource and Wonderful Nice: The Curious Legacy of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Stay connected after the program and a short break for our Annual Membership Meeting, starting around 3:15 PM.
Register Here to join us for this event. Download a flyer with more information.
Bradley Smith
October 15, 2024
Tracing Your German-Speaking Ancestors at the Heinz History Center.
Join us via Zoom for our October Third Tuesday program. Archivist, Sierra Green, will offer an overview of the rich collection of publications and original records that can be used to enhance genealogical research.  The accent will be on sources unique to the History Center for use in tracing German-speaking ancestors in Western Pennsylvania
Register Here to join us for this event. Download a flyer with more information.
Sierra Green
November 19, 2024
Starts at 1:00 PM EDT
What's Your Problem?
Pennsylvania Chapter members are invited to submit a research problem for discussion at our November Third Tuesday. We first tried this format last year and received positive feedback, so we’re offering it again. We can’t solve your problem or do the research for you, but maybe the other attendees can offer ideas and suggestions for your next steps. If you have a brick wall that you would like to include in the discussion check the attached flyer.  It lists details that members should provide and submit to pennsylvaniapalatines@gmail.com by Monday, November 11.
Register Here to join us for this discussion. Even if you don’t have a problem to submit, you might learn something from another problem.  Download a flyer with more information.
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Upcoming Events
July 16, 2024
7:00 pm
Researching Your Pennsylvania German Ancestors at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
Presenter, Hunt Schenkel, is the Archivist at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA. He will give a discuss the Library’s collection, which ...

September 8, 2024
2024 PalAm FamilySearch Library Research Trip
Even with all the resources online, there are still a lot of records that are only available in person.  A visit to the FamilySearch Library ...

September 21, 2024
10:00 am
German Research Strategies
Palatines to America, Indiana Chapter presents: "German Research Strategies" Featured Speaker: German Genealogist, Ursula Krause Ursula will give two presentations with a theme of “German ...

September 21, 2024
10:30 am
Researching Records of the Moravian Archives
North Carolina Chapter Fall Meeting, Saturday, September 21, 2024 10:30 AM EDT Researching Records of the Moravian Archives - Southern Province, Winston-Salem, NC   ...

September 28, 2024
1:00 pm
Annual Membership Meeting and Fall Webinar
NOTE:  This presentation starts at 1:00 p.m., EDT (4:00 p.m., PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME)   Join us via Zoom for the Pennsylvania Chapter’s Fall Webinar and ...