Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Preserving Our Past For the Future

Zapraszamy! We Welcome You

We invite you to browse the website which contains useful links to assist with your Polish research and information about the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan.
The new meeting schedule is posted for the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan as well as events from other societies and groups.  Click calendar for PGSM meetings and In State/Out State for other groups.    
If you need research assistance, please contact us to set up an appointment.  

Polish History 101

Masurian Lake RegionRzeczpospolita Polska or the Polish Republic borders six other countries.  Poland's neighbors are Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Balarus to the east and Lithuania and the Russina provice of Kaliningrad Oblast to the northeast.  Poland's northern border is the Baltic sea.  The Baltic Sea border is approximately 500 kilometers or 310 miles. The total area of Poland is 312,679 square kilometres (120,726 sq mi). making it the 69 largest country in the world.    Poland is the largest country in central Europe, most of the area is low-lying, with woods and lakes.
07/26/215  tk

PGSM Seminar Flyer

Don't miss out on on the wonderful genealogical information at the October seminar.  Meet new people and widen your genealogy network. Fill out the registration form than go to the "Store" to pay.  Just that simple.  Register Now.
07/07/2015  tk
07/26/2015 tk

New Database - Letters H-K added

Dear Members,
We are pleased to have a new database for you. This is only the first of several installments of obituaries compiled by PGSM member Roger Laske for the counties of Huron and Sanilac  Check into the members only section. 
More obituaries from Huron & Sanilac counties have been added.  Log in to the members only section.
The second installment of Huron and Sanilac county obituaries has been uploaded...check it out!!
06/13/2014  tk
06/17/2015  tk revised
07/24/2015  tk revised

Clicking with Your Polish Ancestors

The PGSM June membership meeting held at the Caroline Kennedy Library in Dearborn Heights brought attendees from all over Michigan, as far south as Toledo, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada.    The meeting room was filled to capacity to hear our presenter, Kamila Mazurek.  Kamila's presentation gave attendees some very important online links for doing research in Poland. Kamila covered digital archives, maps, gazeteers, surname sites, state archives, genealogical societies and popular Polish search engines.  Kamila has allowed the PGSM to upload her six page handout with clickable links.  The handout is located in the Members Only Secure Download section. 

For those members who tried to view the handout and received a "404 error", we apologize for the inconvenience.  The problem has been fixed, please try again.
06/22/2015  tk  revision 06/23/2015

Film List & Times for Roseville Center

Need an updated film list for the Roseville Family History Center, look no further. The center has a long list of Polish films available.   Check out the Public Downloads on the left hand side of the page, click, go to the General Public Databases, there you will find the new 311 page list of films on indefinate loan at the Center.
It should also be noted that the Roseville center has established new hours. The Roseville FHC is located at 16965 East Twelve Mile Rd., east of Grosbeak. Of course it's always good to call first to verify that they are open.  Their phone number is (586)773-4560.
Below is a list of the new times the History Center will be open on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of each month. 
Weekday 1st 2nd 3rd 4rd
Tuesday   6:00 - 8:00 pm   6:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm 3:00 - 6:00 pm 6:00 - 8:00 pm 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 - 2:00 pm   10:00 - 2:00 pm  
Saturday   11:00 - 1:00 pm   10:00 - 2:00 pm
06/07/2015  tk

New E-Newsletter in Public Download

We have just received our copy of the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society E-Newsletter for June, 2015.   Click the 2 links below to go directly the the newsletters or go to  the Home Page on the left hand side look for and click  Public Download, next you will see several category options, click E-Newsletters.  Locate the files June 2015, Part 1 & 2 to read this inspiring and informative newsletter.
06/03/2015  tk

New Items to be Uploaded Soon!

Huron County Obituaries to be added, stay tuned! 
The PGSM has a members only section that provides a variety of information for family researchers. Have you logged in to review the categories? The categories are:Constitution & Bylaws, Minutes, Treasurer Reports, Handouts, Polish Databases, Polish Forms, Huron & Sanilac County Databases, Ken Merique's Funeral Card Collection, and  Retirement Letter.  Polish Forms, provides letters written in Polish to assist the researcher in requesting information from State Archives, Civil Registry offices and chruch parishes.  The Polish Databases list has map links, archive email and postal mail address, polish cemeteries listings and much more to help with research. 
Log in to see what you have been missing.
03/08/2015 tk
revised 06/03/2015 tk

New Website for Polish Records

Are you searching for records in the Kujawsko-Pomorze or Pomorskie area of Poland?  If your ancestors came from this area you will certainly want to check out this site. This site has lots to offer.  Click the following link to go directly to the Genealogy in Archive website.   http://www.genealogiawarchiwach.pl/#
06/05/2015  tk

Membership Elected New Officers

At the General Membership meeting held on May 1th, 2015 at the Royal Oak Public Library new PGSM Officers were elected, they are:  Corresponding Secretary; Fred Kuplicki, Recording Secretary; Patricia Hallman, Treasurer; Jill O'Sullivan, Vice-President; Thom Bartold and President; Valerie Koselka.  They will be serving the Society for the next two years. 
Photo of President Valerie Koselka.
05/19/2015  tk

Migration from Galicia to the U.S.

Patricia Yocum gave a most interesting presentation on May 16th, 2015 for the PGSM members and guests.  In order to further her family research Patricia tasked herself with locating the inhabitants of Kożuchów, Dobrzechów,  two villages in Galicia, and following their migration to the United States.  Some of the obstacles facing her were, similar village names, as well as transcription error on documents.  Patricia has allowed the PGSM to upload her speakers notes to the secure members only section of our website.  Log-in, visit the members only section to get additional hints on searching for your ancestors by place names. 
05/19/2015  tk

Dziękuję Bardzo

We would like to thank photographer Janusz Wańczyk for allowing the PGSM to display his beautiful pictures of Poland on our website last month.  We hope you enjoyed seeing the beauty of the Polish countryside.  Dziękuję Bardzo, Janusz
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Cyrillic-Latin Conversion

Греетингс,  неед хелп wитх транслатинг соме оф  ыоур анцесторс Руссиан рецордс?
Greetings, need help translating some of your ancestors Russian records.
I know that you all thought that whoever is posting this notice is very good at reading/writing in Russian,  not true,  I just put in the sentence above that starts with "Greetings..."  than converted it to Cyrllic. Check out Lexilogos: Words and Wonders of the World website.  On this site you can enter your text in the Cyrillic alphabet than have it converted to Latin or if your just curious about how a sentence will look in Cyrillic, you can try that too. Not to worry, Latin just means the "English" alphabet that we use today.
Don't let the Cyrillic alphabet stop you from finding  out all you can about your ancestors.  Click the link below to go directly to Lexilogos.
03/30/2015 tk

New Records from Polish Archives

Great news for those whose ancestors' records are located in the State Archives in Torun and Bydgoszcz.  This is a Polish site, some records may be in Polish while others will be in German. 


03/29/2015 tk

Michigan Death Records 1921-1939

The Library of Michigan has just announced that the images of death records from 1921-1939 are freely available on the seekingmichigan site. The index for records from 1940-1952 will be made available in the next few weeks, with additional certificate images to be released each year as privacy restrictions are lifted; for example, 1940 images will be released in January 2016. Together with the records from 1897-1920 that have been available at the site for years, this collection makes Seeking Michigan the one-stop destination for more than 2.6 million free, publicly-available 20th century death records for Michigan ancestors. 
03/17/2015 tk

Detroit News Indexes

The Archives of Michigan received over 1 million index cards from The Detroit News at the end of 2014.  The cards were scanned and have been posted on the SeekingMichigan website.  The information appears to be from the beginning of the Detroit News into the 1990s.  The cards are arranged by subject matter. Also the webpage indicated that the microfilms are not available at the Archives of Michigan, we would suggest a phone call to the Library of Michigan as they may be in possession of the film.   Library of Michigan, 702 West Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI  48915, Phone 517-373-1300
03/15/2015 tk

Archival Information

The Archives Portal Europe might just be the place where you find that one piece of information that will break down that brickwall you have been working on.  Visit the Archives Portal of Europe by using the link below.  Let us know if this site was helpful to you, send us an email to info@pgsm.org
03/09/2015 tk

New Public Download Addition

The West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society newsletter is available for review.
03/15/2015 tk

Dziennik Polski Database

Looking for Polish records in the Detroit area?  The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc.(PGSCTNE)  has recently posted a new database for Polish American Marriages.  Additionally they have added a database that may be helpful to researchers, that is the Detroit Dziennik Polski newspaper listing.  Check out the birth and  death announcement index, as well as, the marriage license index.    The PGSCTNE does indicate that theses indexes are not complete by any means but they might be able to assist your research.
The link below will take you directly to the Detroit Area Vital Records Indexes.
03/07/2015 tk

Polish Eaglet Articles

At times we get requests for copies of articles from the PGSM Polish Eaglet.  I would like to make everyone aware that the PGSM policy does not allow for the purchase of invididual copies of articles. The Polish Eaglet is available on DVD which contains all issues from 1981 through 2012, including a Title Index, a U.S. Locality Index, a Polish Parishes Index, a Family History & Biography Index, a Canadian Locality Index, and a Miscellaneous Article Index. The cost of the DVD is $27.00 for PGSM member and $37.00 for non-members, these prices include shipping and handling.  It's very easy to order your DVD visit our "Store" which is located on the left hand side of this page.  Simply click add to cart and complete the purchase process.  Than sit back and wait for the DVD to hit your mailbox. Also, if you are not a member of the PGSM consider joining the Society. 

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Poznan Project - Marriages
New parish records were added in July to this site. The ultimate goal of this site is to transcribe the 19th century marriage records from the historic Greater Poland (then Prussian Province of Poznan).
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