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       This is probably just an issue for a warped computer scientist type of mind like my own, but I wanted to explore the first question about Palatines to America, what does it encompass?  I suppose that is important, because if we are to have an organization, we should have a focus and a mission.

     The one statement that seems clearly written on the PalAm website says: " Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (PalAm)  is an national organization dedicated to finding German speaking ancestors and their place of origin."

     The statement continues and states: " Whether your ancestors are from Germany, Austria, Alsace, Switzerland, Luxemborg, Lichtenstein, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, East Prussian, Pomerania, Brandenberg, Silesia, Galicia, Bohemia or other German speaking areas, PALAM can help you find that elusive ancestor."

     Another statement at the top of the PalAm web page states this:"  

Palatines to America National German Genealogy Society
Researching German Speaking Ancestors

Germany, Austria, Alsace, Belgium, Brazil, Italy(South Tryol), Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Romania, Ukraine"

    So, based upon the above, so far there is no real focus on America, just German speaking ancestors.  Which regions speak or spoke German?  Well they have listed a number of them on their website, so lets summarize.

  • Alsace
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bohemia
  • Brandenburg
  • Brazil
  • Denmark
  • East Prussia
  • Galicia
  • Germany
  • Italy (South Tyrol)
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lichtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Silesia
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

      Now I am going to do a little research to discover what the rest of the world thinks about German speaking peoples.


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I have found that the original intent of the PalAm society is scoped as all German speaking people.  They have had this intent since the earliest founding of the organization and the 501c application.  Though the naming as Palatines has certainly confused me, it should not do so in the future.  It would seem that there is a perspective that I came to based upon the name of the organization that is not accurate.  I hope they can discover a way to better convey their focus and scope.  The website says it, but I think there could be more done in this area to clearly state to club scope.

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