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
September 19
7:00 PM EDT
What's your problem?  Tell us about it!
For our September Third Tuesday meeting, we invite PA Chapter members to submit a research problem for discussion.  Tell us about a research problem, and we will talk about it during the meeting!  While we can’t solve your problem or do the research for you, other attendees can offer ideas and suggestions for your next steps.
If you have a question that you want to ask, you're welcome to email it to us in advance at info@pennpalam.org.
October 14
1:00 PM EDT
Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Meeting and Fall Seminar
We will start with two presentations by Justin Houser: Using Pennsylvania Land and Tax Records and The Pennsylvania Germans: Hardly a Monolithic People. Each session will last approximately one-hour with a brief break between. Click on our Events Calendar to find the flyer with more information about our speaker and his topics. Our annual meeting will convene at around 3:15 PM after the presentaions. This event is FREE to all. Register here.
Justin Houser
See the Events Calendar for more details on our events and programs.

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Upcoming Events
October 7, 2023
11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Colorado Chapter Fall Seminar: Researching your German Families
Michael Lacopo, DVM, will present four programs of great interest to people researching their German families: The German Immigrant Experience in the 18th Century. How ...

October 14, 2023
1:00 pm
Pennsylvania Chapter Fall Seminar and Annual Meeting
Join us for the PA Chapter’s annual meeting and fall seminar! We will start with two presentations by Justin Houser: Using Pennsylvania Land and Tax ...

October 28, 2023
10:15 am to 4:15 pm
Indiana Chapter Fall Seminar: German Research Strategies
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