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.
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.
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.
Food For the Month of May
This month we are featureing delicious Polish foods as well as Polish words.
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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Sweetest Heart of Mary Weddings
Sweetest Heart of Mary, the Gothic Revival cathedral styled church is the largest of the Roman Catholic churches in the City of Detroit. In 1974 the site was designated a Michigan State Historic site. and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. In order to celebrate the 125th Anniversary the church is developing a Wedding Book to feature all the weddings that have occured since its first mass in 1893. If you, and/or someone you know, were married at Sweetest Heart and wish to be included in the book the deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015. For further information contact Marianne Peggie at 248-217-0679 with questions/comments.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Behind the Door
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.
New Public Download Addition
The West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society newsletter is available for review.
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.
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.