Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

New Membership Benefit


A NEW membership benefit is available only to members who join or renew their membership in the Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America for 2023-2025. Send a digital summary of your German Genealogy research to ckfsmail@gmail.com. A review of your research will be made and you will receive a FREE listing of areas where you may have missed opportunities to find additional information on your family in Germany and North America. We are not offering to do your research but will be giving you hints on where you might find new information yourself. If you have just renewed or are a new member, please send proof of membership. I do not receive new members and renewals in real time.


Ohio PALAM Board

with Kathyrn Schober 


The Ohio River is shown in the header of this website. Early settlers used it to populate the Northwest Territory. The river served as a way to transport their families and possessions, and a way to transport crops. Settlements along the banks included Marietta, Steubenville, and Cincinnati.



Ohio PalAm German Community Forum Series – Free on ZOOM 

May 18, 2024, 10 a.m. Eastern DST to Noon EST ZOOM Only

How to find information for the 13 Landkreise (Counties) in Germany

The discussion will be led by Carol Swinehart, who has been researching her German families for 40+ years. An educator, author, and web designer. Carol enjoys finding actual records from German sources and churches. This talk will focus on sources found in Germany’s thirteen different Landkreise (Counties).  She loves to help others find their family records. 

This talk is free. Hope to see you online. To register, Email ckfsmail@gmail.com with the Subject Ohio PALAM GFS  We get so many emails; please be sure to use that specific title so that you can be sure to get registered and receive your ZOOM link. Send your questions when you register so we know what you are most interested in.








About Oh Palam

The Ohio Chapter of Palatines To America (PAl-Am) is a regional German-American genealogical organization. It is part of The Palatines To America, a national German genealogical society of persons researching German-speaking ancestry, emphasizing European migration from the Germanic regions of Europe to North America (primarily the United States and Canada).

The Palatines To America German Genealogical Society was founded in 1975 with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The PALAM National Library Collection is now housed in the Columbus Metropolitan Library on 96 S Grant Ave. in Columbus, Ohio 43215. To contact the Ohio Chapter, click the link here to our contact form (preferred method) or write to PO Box 302, Worthington, OH 43085.

Ohio Chapter Officers & Committee Members CLICK HERE.

Read the history of the Ohio Chapter PalAm  CLICK HERE

Check out our National Organization CLICK HERE

Join Palatines to America Ohio Chapter

  • Learn from experienced researchers at our free workshops.

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    Walldorf, B-W
  • Participate in the German Community Forum Series (Free)
  • Attend German research seminars in the Spring and Fall (Special Rates for all PALAM members)
  • 2023-2025 Review of Digital Summary of your German Research (Free for all Ohio members only) 
  • Read our quarterly newsletter – Palatine Heritage
  • Buy Ohio Chapter German genealogy publications and merchandise.
  • Access our Members Only Section

         our Mission = Advance Knowledge

  1. To further interest and study German-speaking immigration in Ohio.
  2. Encourage members to further their research of their family’s history in Ohio, the US, and German-speaking areas.
  3. Promote information about the life, times, and social life of German-speaking emigrants and their descendants.

The Palatines to America’s collection of genealogy books is housed in the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Please check with the library to confirm these times.
Hours: Mon-Thur: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

CML Columbus Ohio Public Library home of the PALAM German Genealogy Collection