German Forum Series – Free on ZOOM

The Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America
2024 German Genealogy

SPRING Seminar- ZOOM Only

                                    Saturday, April 6, 2024

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

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.

  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 for 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

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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


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




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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. She is an educator, author, and web designer. Carol enjoys finding actual records from the churches that her family attended on Archion 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 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.