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The German Citizen
             The German Citizen

                                                   AUSTRIA • GERMANY • LIECHTENSTEIN • SWITZERLAND

      Vol. 12 No. 2                                                                                                       March - April 2024 Issue

                                                                  Palatines to America Conference

                                                                  focuses on German Genealogy

                                                                       egistration is now open for
                                                                       the 2024 Palatines to Amer‐
                                                                  Rica National Conference in
                                                                  Albany, NY. The national confer‐
                                                                  ence will be held over four days,
                                                                  June 6 through 9 packed with Ger‐
                                                                  man genealogy lectures.
                                                                     Featured speakers include:
                                                                     Jon Marie Pearson, The Simple
                                                                  Living  Genealogist  @simpleliv‐
                                                                  inggene; Daniel Horowitz, geneal‐
     GAMA installs officers, honors                               ogy expert, My Heritage; James M.
     Glaub, Smith, McEvoy, Wilke                                  Beidler, executive director, Ge‐
                                                                  nealogical Society of Pennsylvania;
          he annual Installation Dinner for the German-American Musicians  William P. Tatum III, Dutchess
          Association, Inc. was held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at the Town Line  County Historian @dutchesshis‐
     TLutheran Church in Alden. The board of directors for 2024, from  tory; and Philip Otterness, Ph.D.,
     left to right, are: Clara Conrad (Trustee), Julie Miszuk (President), Josh  emeritus professor of history, War‐
     Wayman, (Sergeant at Arms), Kevin Zeis (Vice President), Ginny Zeis  ren Wilson College.
     (Secretary), Bob Lindstrom (Treasurer), Catherine Glaub (Trustee), Mike  The daily schedule is:
                                                                     Thursday, June 6
     Brock (Trustee) and missing from the photo Andrew Sigurdson (Trustee).
                                                                     9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Research
        For 2024, the business manager is Sarah Hamm-Johnson; the music
                                                                  day at NYS Library.
     director is Tim Lyon and the assistant music director is Jeff Glaub.
                                                                     3:30 to 5:45 p.m. - Ancestral
        The association presented Jeff Glaub with the Leroy Schlebus Most
                                                                  Narratives in Motion: Creating
     Valuable Participant Award, which is an award given to an individual who                       Friday, June 7                Daniel Horowitz - Finding the
                                                                  Reels and TikToks for Genealogy
     had done the most for the Association in 2023.                                                 Will Tatum - Wurtemberg set‐  Places Your Relatives Arrived.
                                                                  and Cultivating Your Genealogy
        The Robert and Anna Ping Golden Boot Award was presented to Gregg                        tlement in Rhinebeck, NY.        Lunch
                                                                  World: Growing a Personal Com‐
     Smith for his best spirit of the group in 2023.                                                Daniel Horowitz - Finding New  Philip Otterness - Conversa‐
                                                                  munity on Social Media by Jon
        Lifetime memberships were awarded to Vern McEvoy, who has been in  Marie Pearson.        German Records in MyHeritage  tional Q and A led by NY PalAm
     the band for 50 years along with Dan Wilke, a long-time GAM enthusiast.                     Search Engine.                President Tom Shannon.
                                                                                                    Lunch                         Daniel Horowitz - Creating
                                                                                                    Philip Otterness - Adventures in  Beautiful Charts of Your Family
                                                                                                 the Archives.                 Tree on MyHeritage.
                                                                                                    Daniel Horowitz - Using Ad‐   Philip Otterness - Gone to Car‐
                                                                                                 vanced DNA Tools to Understand  olina: the New Bern Palatines.
                                                                                                 Your Germanic DNA.               Sunday, June 9
                                                                                                    James Beidler - Palatine Re‐  Research Day at the Henry Z
                                                                                                 sources in Pennsylvania Reposito‐  Jones Jr. Palatine Research Center,
                                                                                                 ries.                         Germantown, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                                                    Saturday, June 8              There are variety of price op‐
                                                                                                    James Beidler - Getting Best Use  tions to make it easy to attend the
                                                                                                 of’s Hank Jones Data‐  whole conference or just one day.
                                                                                                 base.                         Register  at

                                                                                                 German-Polish production is

                                                                                                 hit at Chicago Puppet Festival

                                                                                                   by Robert Fronckowiak          This year’s Festival presented the
                                                                                                    HICAGO: In the span of 11  play Krabat, a joint production
                                                                                                 Cdays, dozens of Chicago venues  between the Figurentheater Wilde
                                                                                                 featured more than 100 puppetry  & Vogel company from Germany
                                                                                                 activities for the 6th edition of the  and  Grupa  Coincidentia  from
                                                                                                 Chicago Puppet Festival which ran  Poland. Grupa Coincidentia is
                                                                                                 from Jan. 18 - 24, 2024.      located in Bialystok, Poland and is
                                                                                                   Since its inception in 2015 the  the brain child of Pawel Chomczyk
                                                                                                 Festival has included invited artists  and his wife Dagmara Sowa.
                                                                                                 from many nations including Iran,  Both actors are familiar to
                                                                                                 Korea, South Africa, Japan and  Buffalo  audiences   having
                                                                                                 Chile as well as Europe, Chicago  performed their play Szopka at the
                                                                                                 and across the United States with  Lancaster Opera House. Pawel also
                                                                                                 the goal of “promoting peace,  showcased his talents as he operated
                                                                                                 equality and justice on a global  the marionette of Paderewski in the
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