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Press Release - Palatines To America, German Genealogy Society Forms NC Chapter
RALEIGH, NC (September 22, 2011) - Would you like to learn more about
your German ancestors? A group of people from all across the state
have come together to form a North Carolina Chapter of the Palatines
To America, German Genealogy Society. It is open to all who are of
German descent or who have an interest in German genealogy and
The national Palatines To America organization was founded in 1975 in
Columbus, Ohio and has seven state chapters and over 2,000 members.
The national society publishes a quarterly journal, "The Palatine
Immigrant", which focuses on research and a quarterly newsletter, "The
Palatine Patter", which focuses on the activities of the national and
North Carolina has two areas that had significant German immigration
during the 18th century: New Bern was founded by German Palatine and
Swiss settlers in 1710, and the piedmont which had several German
groups including the German Reformed, Lutherans, Moravians, and others
who settled during the mid 1700s.
In succeeding generations, many families of German descent traveled
down one of three branches of the great wagon road from Pennsylvania
to North Carolina and settled in the piedmont as well as others who
settled along the coast coming from the coastal northeast. In 1914, a group
of descendants of the New Bern German Palatines formed
The North Carolina Society of the Descendants of the Palatines. Their
group was active until the 1950s. During the last century, there have
been many people of German descent who have moved to all parts of the
The inaugural meeting of the North Carolina chapter will be Saturday,
October 1, 2011 at the Wake County Southeast Regional Library, 908
Seventh Avenue, Garner, NC 27529. The meeting will be held in a
seminar format from 10:15 am to 3:15 pm.
Three speakers will be featured: Mr. Jerry Miller, President of the
Palatines To America NC Chapter who will make a presentation about the
Palatines To America organization and conduct a short business
meeting; Mr. Victor T. Jones, Jr., Special Collections Librarian at
the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, Kellenberger Room, and
President-Elect of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, will make
a presentation about the “Early Settlers of New Bern", and Mrs. Bonnie
Everhart, Past Chairman of the Palatines to America Immigrant Ancestor
Register and former PalAm National Librarian and Historian, will make
a presentation about “Researching the Holt Family Line Into North
There will also be a panel discussion about the resources available to
Palatines To America members by Mrs. Everhart, Mr. Jones, and Mr.
Miller. The Inaugural Meeting/Fall seminar is open to the public with
a $10.00 registration fee. Registrations at the door are fine, please
call or email to confirm your attendance.
For more information about the society, North Carolina charter
membership, and to register for the Fall seminar, please visit
http://www.PalAm.org, or email email@example.com, or call 919.744.0219.
To see a list of some of the known German Palatines who settled in the
New York area, please visit http://www.PalAm.org.
To see a list of some of the known German Palatines who settled New
Bern, please visit http://www.encfamilies.org.
Jerry Miller, President, Palatines To America, German Genealogy
Society, North Carolina Chapter
919.744.0219 (President's Direct Telephone)
NCPalAm@PalAm.org (President's Email)
David French, NC Chapter Publicity Director (Media Contact)
919.480.2011 (Media Telephone)
PalatinesToAmericaNC@gmail.com (Media Email)
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