Mission / Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be:
  • To promote interest and study of the immigration of the “Palatines” and other German-speaking  peoples to North America,
  • To exchange information relating to the life and times of that immigration,
  • To provide information which may help members locate the origins of their German-speaking  ancestors,
  • To encourage fellowship and learning among the members by publishing a newsletter and conducting  educational programs.
The Pennsylvania Chapter is a non-profit genealogical society founded in 1977, one of six state chapters within the Palatines to America (PalAm) German Genealogy Society. “Palatine” is just another term (derogatory in the early days) for German-speaking immigrants to North America and elsewhere. 
Our Chapter seeks to facilitate discoveries related to Germanic immigrants who settled in or passed through Pennsylvania, document their stories, share relevant information, and encourage fellowship and learning among members. We have members across the country and around the world. 

Operating Year: October 2023 - September 2024

President: Janet E Rupert
Vice President: Vacant
Treasurer: Lloyd Shenberger
Secretary: Caroline Tassey
Board Members
Membership Registrar: Lucia Hansen
Penn Pal Editor: Kerry Knodle
Member-at-Large: Roberta M Newcomer
Member-at-Large: Kenneth L Shuck
Member-at-Large: Charlene Loiseau
Member-at-Large: Michael Barger
Member-at-Large: Virginia Herte
Member-at-Large: Joanne Rumpler
Programming: Joanne Rumpler