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 for 2016 will be posted as the information is available.  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.  11/13/2016


New Website for Polish Research

Need help with your Polish research? The Polish Mission's Polonica Americana Research Institute(PARI) has launched their new website, Michigan Polish Heritage,  to assist in researching for those elusive ancestors in Poland.  The experienced and friendly staff will guide you to a variety of records, in the U.S., as well as in Poland.  Click Here to view their new site. 
11/23/2015  tk

43rd Annual Pulaski Day Banquet

On October 25, 2015 the Polish American Central Citizens Committee of Detroit held their  43rd Annual Pulaski Day Banquet. The ceremonies where held at the Polish National Alliance Banquet Facilities in Hamtramck, Michigan.  The 2015 General Kazimierz Pulaski Medal of Honor was awarded to the following: 
Arnold Beller, Jr.
Rev. Miroslaw Frankowski SChr
J. William Gorski
Jacqueline Kolowski
Fenneth K. Koskodan
Sr. Angelica Zajkowski, CSFN
Polish Century Club of Detroit - 100 Year Anniversary
Wawel Folk Ensemble - 50th Anniversary
Thomas E. Cervenak
The awards are presented to honor members of the Polish-American community for outstanding service over the years for Polonia, both here and abroad. The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan (PGSM) would like to wish all the recipients a hearty congratulations.  The entire ceremony was records by the Telewizja Detroit. Look for Pulaski Awards Pt.1,2,3,4, & 5 to watch the ceremony.  PGSM Board of Director,  J. William Gorski accepts his award starting at the 7 minute mark in Part 2 and continuing to Part 3. 
11/15/2015  tk


Polish Researchers

Our first new Polish researcher, Danuta Jampolska, lives in Warsaw and has been conducting genealogical research throughout Poland for 24 years, for clients from around the world.  She is experienced in Galicia and Jewish research. Danuta can correspond with you in either Polish or English.  She charges 30 USD per hour. 
Tel:  +48 22 115 64 88 
Mobile:  +48 601 941 753  
Address:  Ostrobramska St. 48 / 114
04-175 Warsaw

Second, Igor Voronchak lives in Lviv and does genealogical research only in Western Ukraine: Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk region.  This is the Galicia area.  Contact Igor to discuss his hourly rate. 
Voronchak also has a Facebook page listed where he can be reached. Ukrainian-genealogy
Igor may be contacted by email at: voronchak@ukr.net

Our third researcher is Maciej Orzechowski, who specialized in the area of Przemysl, Sanok, Rzeszow, Tarnow and Krakow Archives.  All of these cities are in the former region of Galicia in southern Poland.  His rate is 25 USD per hour.  In the event of research outside of his home city of Przemysl the cost of research does not exceed 150 UDS per day plus costs of travel.
Marciej can be reached by email omaciej@wp.pl  or  info@polishdocuments.com
Further information can be located at the Facebook page  Polish Documents
Please note that these researchers are not listed in any particular order or expertise, the PGSM provides this list as an aide to members, as well as, non-members. 
11/16/2015  tk

The Chene Street Story

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Helen  Kraft compiled a comprehensive list of establishments on Chene Street one of the most prosperous retail business districts in the country.   She also interviewed many residents and retold their dramatic stories. With her guidance, J. William Gorski, charter member of PGSM and well-known collector of Polish American artifacts,  took hundreds of photographs of the remaining buildings of historical and architectural importance.  Mr. Gorski retained the only extant photocopy of Mrs. Kraft’s manuscript. He made sure that a duplicate would be preserved in his J. William Gorski Collection at the Archives of Michigan. To make this valuable reference available to more researchers and genealogists, Gorski enlisted the aid of  Arthur and Magdalene Wagner to digitize and edit the manuscript. A year and a half of diligent effort led to the books publication this month.  The Chene Street Story will be availble soon  for purchase at the PGSM Store.  
Mrs. Kraft wrote, “It would make many, many, many ghosts very, very, very happy, if the pioneers’ deep imprints on Chene Street were not forgotten.”  
The photograph of Helen Gumulski Kraft appeared in the Polish Eaglet, Fall, 2010, in an article commemorating her 100th birthday. This December, Helen will celebrate 105 years. She waited a long time to have her marvelous book published.
10/22/2015  tk

New File in Public Database Section

The file uploaded to the Public section is an extration of the deceased members of  The Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis complied by PGSM President Valerie Koselka. Click here to visit the Public Database Section
The Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis was founded on July 1, 1901 and known as the Polish Sisters of St. Joseph.  After undergoing several name changes over the years, the final decision was to call the order the Sister of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis.  The mother house was in Stevens Point, Wisconsin although there was on in Garfield Heights, Ohio.  Their ministries are teaching, health care and social justice.  This group of Sisters taught at many schools in the Detroit area as well as other states. 
The source of this index comes from their printed journal called Peace and All Good.  For additional information about the history of this religious order visit their website at SSJ-TOSF
10/27/2015  tk

The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan(PGSM) is proud to present this database for purchase on a flash drive. Visit our "Store" to purchase now. 
10/20/2015  tk

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

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. 
10/10/2015 tk - bump

Latest News
Dziękuję - Thank you
The PGSM Board of Directors would like to thank Sebastian Szczepanski of the Polish Times Newspaper for being at our October Seminar to take photos of the event.

New Publication
"The Chene Street Story" by Helen Kraft is available for purchase through the PGSM Store.

Tygodnik Polski
Get the latest news from The Polish Weekly/Tygonik Polski. Since 1904 this paper has been serving the Polish-American community.

News From the Nest
Have you read the latest edition of "News from the Nest". See who received the Dziękuję Award & the newly-named J. William Gorski Award. Go to Members and under Newsletters click the most recent issue.

Poznan Project - New Records Added
New parish records were added in September 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).

PGSM Facebook       PGSM on Pinterest

Federation of Genealogical Societies

Michigan Genealogical Council