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 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. Why not Join Us?

What's New

We are thrilled to announce the new website for the Pennsylvania Chapter of Palatines to America. Here are a few of the things you will find.​
  • If you are not a member;
    • ​A list of Palatines to America events. Many are free.
    • List of surnames our members are researching allowing you to contact them.
    • Links to other sites and resources that will be helpful in researching your Pennsylvania German ancestors.
    • An invitation to become a member.
  • ​If you are a member:
    • ​All of the above, plus:
    • An archive of our newsletter, Penn Pal, from 1978 to present.
    • Links to Pennsylvania Chapter past webinar videos and handouts.​​
Check back on a regular basis because more will be added as we continue to develop our website.

Third Tuesday Programs

See PalAm Events for more information: 
19 April 2022 Introduction to the Pennsylvania Chapter's New Website by Lloyd Shenberger
17 May 2022 How to Navigate the PA State Archives Online Resources by Aaron McWillliams
21 June 2022 Highlights of the National PalAm Conference by Roberta Newcomer
See Events for more information.


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Upcoming Events
May 17, 2022
7:00 pm
How to Navigate the Pennsylvania State Archives' Online Resources
How to Navigate the Pennsylvania State Archives’ Online Resources How to Navigate the Pennsylvania State Archives’ Online Resources provides a detailed overview of the ...

May 21, 2022
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
15 Tips and Tricks to Use When Searching Your German Ancestors
The Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America will present its next German Forum session on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, ...

June 4, 2022
New York Chapter Spring Meeting
The focus of this conference is the Henry Z Jones Jr. Palatine Research Center, co-owned by New York Palatines to America and Germantown Library. Through ...

June 16, 2022
Palatines To America 2022 National Conference
The Palatines to America National Conference will be held in Denver on June 16-18, 2022.  The Conference will feature two full days of lectures by ...

June 21, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Third Tuesday - Highlights of PalAm's National Conference
Outgoing National PalAm President Roberta Newcomer will share her highlights from the just concluded National Conference. If you were unable to attend, this is an ...