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.
FTM Back from the Dead
December 2015, Ancestry announced that it would not continue selling the software program Family Tree Maker (FTM), the genealogy world was stunned. Today another announcement from Ancestry notes that they have partnered with Software MacKiev, who will continue to publish future versions of FTM for Windows. Software MacKiev has been the developer for the Mac version for several years. It is therefore a good day for genealogists what was dead is reborn. Ancestry further announced that they have contracted with RootsMagic to link Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of this year. Maybe Ancestry heard subscribers dissatisfaction with their decision and realized that their bottom line would be affects, whatever their reason, the genealogy community gives a sigh of relief at the rebirth of Family Tree Maker. Read GeneaBlogger
by Thomas MacEntee for more thoughts.
The Store module has been updated with some additional required features. When checking out, after Purchaser Information, there is a new section that is titled Security Code/Place Order. Be sure to check the box and enter the code the system gives you to proceed. After you hit Place Order, it will take you to a page where you can print your confirmation AND THEN, to pay for your item, hit BUY NOW. If you don't want to pay with a PayPal account, you can pay with a debit or credit card (located at the bottom right of the pay screen.)
PGSM MEMBERS MUST LOG IN TO GET THE MEMBER DISCOUNT WHEN ORDERING FROM THE STORE.
Polish Headstone Words
Need assistance reading the Polish words on headstones. Valerie Koselka, PGSM member and President has put together a list of useful words and phrases that you will see on headstones. This list is located in our Public Databases under General Datbases, Click Here
New to Genealogy?
So you've decided to research your family, good for you! But where do you start on this monumental task? Most people will tell you to start at the beginning but where is the beginning you ask. Just like that giant oak first began as a tiny seed that's how you must start too. Gather information a little bit at a time, ask questions, interview family members. Visit our FACTS
page to find more tips on how to grow your tree.
Looking for ancestors who died in 1940. Full images of Michigan death records for 1940 are now available on Seeking Michigan.
Beware, Things are Moving
In an effort to be more organized we are streamlineing our Links & Societies information so bear with us while we adjust some of the categories.
Can't find the link you used yesterday, look under Miscellaneous Links. Some links will be removed others will be categorized differently.
The Polish language has the following special letters: ą ć ę ł ń ó ś ź ż . These are considered to be separate letters: each of them is placed in the alphabet immediately after its Latin counterpart (e.g. ą between a and b), ź and ż are placed after z in that order. If you find that you need help with typing these special letters, the following website can help. Click here.
Traveling to Poland soon, nervous about your language skills? Watch a short video to learn a few basic words in Polish. Click Photo/Video Gallery on the left side than look for Polish Greetings to start learning your survival words. Have Fun!
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