News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 16, 2008

Genealogy: Pal Am offers link to German-speaking lands

If you visit the Web site at, you will learn that Palatines to America (Pal Am) is a “German genealogy society dedicated to the study of ancestors from all German-speaking lands. The society takes its name from the fact that some of the earliest German-speaking immigrants to the American colonies came from a region in present-day Germany known as the Palatinate (Pfälz) and were called Palatines (Pfälzers). The founding members of Pal Am all had ancestors from this area of Germany.”

There are seven state chapters of Pal Am. The Indiana Chapter is the second-oldest state chapter in the nation, formed in 1976. It currently has 155 members. The Indiana Chapter publishes a quarterly newsletter that is sent to all its members, in addition to a spring meeting and a fall workshop each year.

The Illinois Chapter publishes six newsletters annually with the purpose of providing help to their members in doing their German-American research. They also publish genealogical queries in their newsletters. The Illinois Chapter does not meet regularly due to its wide distribution of members across the state.

Membership in Pal Am runs from Oct. 1 of each year through Sept. 30 of the next year. Membership dues are $35 annually for an individual membership and $40 for a “family” (two-person) membership. These dues cover membership in both the national society and one state chapter. Annual membership in additional state chapters is $7 per chapter. Other state chapters include New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Colorado.

To contact the Indiana Chapter of Pal Am, e-mail or contact the secretary, Betty Warren, at

To get in touch with the Illinois Chapter, call (309) 691-0292 or write to Palatines to America, Illinois Chapter, P.O. Box 9638, Peoria, IL 61612-9638.

You may join the national society along with these state chapters online at

• • •

History Detectives, the PBS series that combines history and genealogy to help people verify a family legend, is now taking story submissions for Season 6. If you have a historical artifact that is part of an unproven family narrative, you may submit your story at

opb/historydetectives/. If chosen, your artifact and story will be researched by the History Detectives and the solution will be featured on the program next season.


• Requesting any information on the Hatfield family that lived in Vigo County, Indiana, starting in the 1830s. I’m trying to find out how Jacob Hatfield is related to Aaron Hatfield and Susannah Hatfield, who all lived in Vigo County. They lived, at least part of the time, in the Prairie Creek Township and also in Riley. They were also related by marriage to the Christy family. Jacob Hatfield was married to Elizabeth Eversole in 1833 in Vigo County. I also find a deed in Vigo County in 1845 naming Jacob Hatfield, Elizabeth (Eversole) Hatfield, Barbary Gregory, Christopher and Nancy Eversole, Mary Merriweather, Michael Byrn, and Ann, Nancy Eversol, Emily Eversol, and James P. Merriweather of Vigo County as the descendants of Peter Eversol, deceased. If you have any information, please contact Elaine Powell, 4620 Saddleworth Circle, Orlando, FL 32826, phone (407) 282-5171, e-mail