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 results. Join 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.
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 email@example.com and the information will be sent to you. Thank you for your support!
Check out the Links and Societies tab, under Researchers & Tours category, a new Polish researcher has been added, look for the link to ProGenealogists-Researcher Tadeusz Pilat.
Things to Do Today
Where should you back up your data, there are options that are available to you, the cloud, an external hard drive, etc. Whatever you choose make it a habit to do it regularly. Also, today is a good day to pull out those old photos and write the names on the back with a #2 pencil. Otherwise, they will only get thrown away when you pass since no one knows who they are.
Spring has come? I'm hoping that wherever you are the grass is greening up, the flowers are poking there little heads out of the ground, the sun is shining and life is good. It's been a hard winter for many of us, I'm sure looking forward to getting outside more. How many of you are planning trips? I see a some hands up out there. Everyone who is planning a trip in the USA put your hands down. So, that means some of you will be needing a passport, right? I have mine ready. How many of you are planning a trip to Europe? A few more hands going down. Okay here's the big question!! How many of you are traveling to Poland this year. Me, Me, Me!!! My hand is up too. If you are new to traveling in Poland please visit our Links & Societies tab on the left rail, under categories, look for Researchers & Tours. You will have quite a few listed there.
If you do take a trip to Poland don't forget that we would love to hear about your experiences, good, as well as the not so good. There is always something to learn from all travel adventures.
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
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.