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  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.


German Community Forum Series – Free on ZOOM 

Mar 16, 2024 10 a.m. Eastern DST to Noon EST ZOOM Only

Tips and Tricks to help you read and understand German Church Records. 

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 the churches that her family attended on Archion (Lutheran/Protestant) as well as Matricula (Catholic). 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.

Using DNA to Research Your German Heritage  

The Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America 

German Genealogy Society 2024 Spring Seminar  

Available on Zoom

                                    Saturday, April 6, 2024

                         9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDST

Guest  Speaker:     Mary Eberle, JD    DNA Expert, Author, Educator

Mary Eberle, JD, founded DNA Hunters in 2015 after careers as a biotech patent attorney and scientist.  She is passionate about empowering people to harness DNA’s power to solve family mysteries.  Mary has used DNA to break through brick walls in her family tree.  Her clients include adoptees and others with unknown parents or grandparents.  DNAHunters.com

  This seminar offers useful information to both those just starting out with DNA testing to those who are experienced genetic genealogists—and everyone in between.  With four talks, you’re bound to learn several tips and tricks to using DNA evidence to advance your German ancestor research.

  1. You’ve Got Your DNA Results—Now What? Learn the steps to analyze your DNA results. Steps include (1) having a family tree of your known ancestors and attaching your DNA to it, (2) identifying known DNA matches, (3) finding common DNA matches to your knowns, and (4) deciphering your unknown DNA matches—possibly some of whom might help break down a brick wall in your genealogy.
  2. Understanding Ethnicity Estimates Learn what you can glean from your ethnicity estimates. We’ll focus on Ancestry’s ethnicity estimates.  We’ll also cover ethnicity estimates at FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage.  Learn why each company’s results differ and why sibling results can differ.  A better understanding of your ethnicity estimates might help with your German research.
  3. Finding Relatives and Ancestors in Germany Learn how to find DNA matches currently living in Germany at each DNA testing company. Those German matches, matches sharing German ethnicities, and unknown matches with links to Germany can lead to unknown German ancestors.
  4. Case Study This case study will cover how I found my unknown 2nd great-grandfather, who was a German immigrant to Toronto. you’ll learn the steps of combining DNA evidence with paper evidence that led to him.  The most important steps were (1) target testing family members, (2) deciphering our common unknown DNA matches to find their common ancestor, (3) determining how we might fit into the unknown’s family tree, and (4) finding clues about his German hometown in the paper evidence.

This seminar includes our annual Ohio Chapter PalAm business meeting.    Recordings of these presentations will be available to all registrants for a two-week period on the Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America private YouTube channel. This allows you to watch again, or if you can’t be with us on the 6th you can watch at your leisure.  A Zoom link and handouts will be emailed to all paid registrants a few days prior to the seminar. The link is for the registrant only. It can not be used by others.       Seminar questions? Please email Tom Fishbaugh at tfish@fishbaugh.com

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Register Online – Click member or non-member in the correct category to get to the Square payment gateway where you can pay with your credit card.

Registration before Apr 4, 2024,

PAL-AM MEMBER Pay Here: $50.00   

NON-MEMBER Pay Here : $60.00

Registration after Apr 4, 2024,

PAL-AM MEMBER Pay Here: $55.00

NON-MEMBER Pay Here: $65.00

Registration ends Apr 5, 2024

*Must include email for Zoom link and handouts

or make a check payable to

Ohio Chapter – Palam

and mail with form: OH PalAm Spring 2024 Seminar FLYER  to:

Ohio Chapter Palam c/o Jill Filo 2999 Kendall Road, Copley, OH 44321-2544






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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  • 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