Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Preserving Our Past For the Future

Annual Seminar October 18, 2014

Robert Sliwinski, MS, biologist and genetic genealogist will present a talk on the Basics of DNA.  Robert will go over the different types of tests available from different companies, compare the newest tests and prices and provide recommendations for what test to take to provide beneficial results for genealogical research.
Interpreting DNA Results:  You have your DNA test results...now what?  Robert  will show through case studies the steps to take to interpret your DNA resultsJoin Robert as he presents interpretation of some PGSM members DNA results and other case studies.     Robert is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists and  spoke to the PGSM group in April, 2013.  He is a volunteer administrator for three Family Tree DNA projects and started his own company called DNA EXPLORERS
Kamila Mazurek  will present two talks.  The first one is called Doktor Housowski, M.D.  Have you ever wondered how your Polish Ancestors died?.  Is it possible to deduce cause of death just by looking at the photographs of your ancestors?.  Is it true your ancestors died because they did not wash their hands and refused to cut their hair?.  How to determine the cause of death without its name in the death records?.  How to trace and catch... Death.   Join Kamila on a death hunt for the "serial killers" of our Ancestors' times. 
The second talk is called Clicking With Your Polish Ancestors.   Take advantage of millions of Polish vital and church records on the Internet.  Explore the most popular genealogical databases covering all three former partitions of Poland.  Search the Polish digital libraries for addresses, phone books, maps, census records, newspapers, periodical literature on genealogy and heraldry.   Learn what treasures are waiting for you at the state and church archives in Poland.   
Join us for a fun filled day at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy. Download the registration form on the calendar page or register online from our store:  http://pgsm.org/forsale.php


To Do List

 Today is the beginning of another month, a really good habit to get into is backing up your genealogy information.  Don't put it off!

Zapraszamy! We Welcome You

We invite you to explore our new website.  It contains useful data to assist with your Polish research and information about the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan (PGSM).  Visit often to check for updated content.  If you are a member of the Society don't forget that new items will be added to the Members Only section periodically, so log-in and take a look.  If you are not a member consider joining, it's as simple as clicking the "Join" tab on the navigation bar to the left.  Payment may be made by PayPal, or a credit card, even if you don't have a Paypal account. 
If you would like assistance with research or just have a general genealogy question we would be delighted to help in anyway possible.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan (PGSM) has enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. You can help us by registering at
kroger.com.  Kroger will send PGSM a quarterly rebate check based upon the amount our supporters spend at Kroger.  Members will then be enrolled for the 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015 period. If you are having an issue with your password and/or e-mail address for Kroger, please call 1-800-KROGERS, press "5" for customer service, which will enable you to speak to a customer service representative. The PGSM account number is 25925. If you need further assistance with instructions, please send us an e-mail at info@pgsm.org and the information will be sent to you. Thank you for your support!

Library of Michigan

The Library of Michigan will be opening its doors on the second Saturday of each month. The "Second Saturdays" effort is in addition to the Library's regularly scheduled hours. Beginning in April and continuing on the second Saturday of each month, the Library of Michigan will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Library currently is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Library location: 702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48915  Phone Number 517-373-1300

Latest News
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).

October will be here before you know it!!
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Gift Membership

Have a person that is hard to buy for? How about a Gift Membership to PGSM? For only $25, you will be giving a meaningful gift that lasts a full year. Download a Membership Application, fill it in with the recipient's information and write GIFT on it, mail with your check to our mail address. PGSM will mail a Gift Certificate to your favorite person.
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