Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America
State of Indiana
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Saturday, February 19 through Saturday, February 19
Collaborative Learning Series--Newspapers  (Collaborative Learning Session)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Virtual Meeting
The next session in our Collaborative Learning Series (CLS) will take place via Zoom on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 1 PM – 3 PM EST.
These sessions are meant to be informative, educational, and interactive so that we share information and experiences about a given topic to learn from one another.
The topic will be Newspapers—with a special focus on German-language newspapers. This useful resource can not only provide important genealogical information about specific ancestors, but can also contribute additional details that can add significant context to their lives and where they lived.
After a brief introduction to the subject by the moderator, a history of German-language newspapers in Indiana will be given by Steven J. Schmidt. He is a retired librarian and serves as an editor for NCSA Literatur, which is the publishing arm of the Indiana German Heritage Society, the Max Kade Center for German American Studies at IUPUI and the Irvington Historical Society. From 2011 through 2017 he served as the Library Development Office Director for the Indiana State Library. Prior to that, he worked as a tenured librarian in a variety of positions in the IUPUI Library System, including Director, University Library of Columbus at IUPUC (2006 – 2011). He is a past president and Outstanding Librarian of the year for the Indiana Library Federation, the past president of the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Committee and a Fellow of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center. He is a board member of the Indiana German Heritage Society and co-editor of their quarterly newsletter.
Among other subjects Steven will also give demonstrations about using this resource when you don’t speak much German. Afterwards, Kent Robinson, membership chair of the Indiana Chapter, will share information about finding newspapers throughout the United States as well as in Germany.
Come prepared not only to learn about using this valuable resource, but also to share your own tips and research success stories about using newspapers and German-language newspapers, in particular.
This meeting is open only to Pal-Am members of any chapter. Advance registration is required.
To register, please send an e-mail to using a subject of “CLS-Newspapers” and indicating your name, phone number, and a state chapter membership (if other than Indiana).

Saturday, May 7 through Saturday, May 14
Spring 2022 Indiana Chapter Meeting  (Indiana Chapter Meetings)
ZOOM Virtual Meeting
We are excited to announce our 2022 Spring Meeting on May 7 and May 14. There will be 2 presentations on each day by a new speaker from Germany. 
Dr. Frank Kleinehagenbrock is the Managing Director of the Research Center of the Commission for Contemporary History in Bonn and a private lecturer at the Chair of Modern History at the University of Würzburg. These will be his first presentations to a genealogy society.
He will give presentations on
  • the Holy Roman Empire,
  • the Thirty Years’ War,
  • the Reformation,
  • and Dorfordnungen (Village Regulations).
Plan to attend our spring meetings and learn about important historical events to add context to the lives of your ancestors from an authority on German history.
These presentations will be in English and recorded.
See flyer for further details and registration form.

Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, June 18
Pal-Am National Conference  (Other Pal-Am Events)
Denver, Colorado
Mark your calendars for the 2022 Pal-Am National Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver on June 16-18. The conference presenters will be Wolfgang Grams from Germany and Daniel Jones from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel at a rate of $145 per night. You can make hotel reservations at: