Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy Society, Box 302, Worthington, OH 43085

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Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

Researching All German Speaking Ancestry

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America

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Forum Series every 4th Saturday 10am - Noon
September - May





Welcome to the Ohio Chapter of the Palatines to America

The Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America
2020 German Genealogy Fall Seminar



Saturday, October 24, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
with Speaker Claire Gebben


Four Sessions:

Reading German Handwriting
A Hidden Heritage: German Immigrants to America
Creating A Legacy from Family Papers and Genealogy
For the Record: Writing Memoir and Family Stories


Claire Gebben is the author of a memoir and an historical novel and has had articles published in Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle) and German Life magazines, among other publications. Her memoir How We Survive Here (2018) is the story of the discovery of several dozen letters written between 1841-1900 in Old German script by Claire’s ancestors, which propels her on a transatlantic quest to learn the truth about their lives. The memoir was honored as a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Claire’s novel The Last of the Blacksmiths (2014) is culled from those letters, based on the true story of German immigrant blacksmith Michael Harm, her great-great grandfather and co-owner of Cleveland’s Harm & Schuster Carriage Works. The Last of the Blacksmiths has been named a Notable Book at Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library, and Book of the Month by the German American Heritage Foundation. Claire worked in desktop publishing, ghostwriting, and communications before quitting her day job to write full time. An adventurer at heart, she enjoys hiking, bicycling, and even on occasion, blacksmithing. Currently, she’s working on an historical novel about Highland Scots immigrants to Ohio. More info at: http://clairgebben.com.

Seminar will be held at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave, US Route 42, Plain City, OH 43064

Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, vendor showcase, Der Dutchman pastries, coffee and juice for breakfast, and a full Buffet lunch(Broasted Chicken and Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Noodles, Stuffing, Vegetables, Salad, Rolls, and Dessert.

Questions? Please email Loripoch@yahoo.com

Register today! or make check payable to Ohio Chapter -- Palam and mail with registration form to: Registration
c/o David Kuhns
115 S Virginialee Road
Columbus, OH 43209

We research ALL German speaking Ancestry


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 genealogical society of persons researching German-speaking ancestry, with emphasis on 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. National Library Collection is now housed in the Columbus Metropolitan Library on 96 S Grant Ave. in Columbus, Ohio 43215 temporarily at Former Whitehall Branch Library, 4371 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. To contact the Ohio Chapter 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 (PDF format).

Join Palatines to America Ohio Chapter

  • Learn from experienced researchers at our free workshops.
  • Participate in the German Community Forum Series
  • Attend German research seminars in the Spring and Fall
  • Read our quarterly newsletter - Palatine Heritage
  • Buy Ohio Chapter German genealogy publications.
  • Access our Members Only Section


Mission Statement
"Advance Knowledge"


  1. To further interest and study of German speaking immigration in Ohio.
  2. Encourage members to further research family histories in Ohio
  3. Promote information about life, times, and social life of German speaking emigrants and descendents.


Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Palatines to America’s collection of genealogy books is now 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.

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