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