Saturday, June 15, 2013

Palatines to America 2013 Conference

Those of you who are members of Palatines to America German Genealogical Society should be aware that our 2013 conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY will take place starting on Wednesday, 19 June, and end on Saturday 22 June.  Wednesday, a bus trip to the historic sites of the Mohawk Valley will leave at 8 AM for an all day trip.  On Thursday, another trip will leave from the Desmond at 9:30 AM for an orientation and research at the New York State Library and Archives, and return at 4:30 PM to the Desmond.  At this point, we are unable to accommodate any late registrations for the bus trips
I have had several inquiries this past week asking if it was too late to register for the Friday and Saturday conference days.  

I am happy to say that you can still register, but need to do so at the registration desk at the conference, since registrations sent by mail at this point might not arrive and be processed in time.  With over a hundred registered so far, we are anticipating the highest registration that we have had in the past few years.

Our two main speakers are Hank Z Jones, and Ernest Thode.  Each of them will present four talks over the course of the two days.  In addition, Jeff O’Connor will appear as Conrad Weiser Jr. in a presentation that will provide background for some of the history of the early 18th century Palatine immigrants who settled along the Hudson and then moving to the Schoharie Valley, the Mohawk Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Christine Crawford Oppenheim will provide information about researching in the online Pennsylvania archives.  Joe Lieby will present a talk entitled “Were Your Ancestors Refugees from the 1848 Revolution?”   Hans Pohlsander will provide an interesting look at the history and inscriptions of Celle, a German City.

Our banquet on Friday evening is included in the cost of your registration either for the full conference, or for a one day registration for Friday.  Our speaker for the evening is Peter Christoph.

It is not too late to attend.  You can register on the day you attend.

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