Colorado Chapter Palatines to America Spring 2021 German Genealogical Seminar, Part 1

Program Type:

Genealogy, Older Adults



Program Description

Event Details


1:30PM-2:30PM: The Voyages of Our German Ancestors

Germans began immigrating to what became the United States in 1683, according to documented history. This talk will highlight significant aspects of the first four major waves through 1910, using available immigration and emigration records to tell their stories, including the areas from which they emigrated, the motivations that typified each wave, and other records that help tell the immigrant story. Laws changed over time and impacted various aspects of the immigration experience.

2:45PM-3:45PM: Stymied by Stieglers: Solved Using Indirect Evidence—A Case Study

German immigrant, Christina Stiegler, arrived in the US with her sister in 1874. Other Germans with her surname lived near her, alternating between Cincinnati and Iowa. No United States sources name a town of origin for any of these individuals. A current descendant’s DNA match suggests a district in Bavaria for the Stieglers’ origins. Emigration records, historic gazetteers, and church records provide indirect evidence for finding her German home town.

4:00PM-4:30PM: CO-PALAM annual meeting

All CO-PALAM members who are present at this first part of this seminar are invited to stay connected on Zoom for a VERY SHORT meeting to vote on the annual budget, elect board members, and discuss any other items that may be presented.

Please visit the COPALAM website ( for the official registration form and signup. 

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