The Board of Directors of the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan would like to wish everyone a very blessed and Merry Christmas. May all of you and your families share the peace and happiness of this holy season.
May each of you be blessed with good health, love and joy in the New Year.
Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Words from the PGSM President
15 November 2014
In August 2006 then President Jan Zaleski appointed me as Director to the PGSM Board. In June of 2007 I was voted the Vice President (Kathy LaBudie-Szakall was voted President).
When President LaBudie-Szakall resigned her position in November 2008, I assumed the position of President to complete the term of office. At the time I appointed Roger Laske as the interim VP.
Since then I have fulfilled the position of President having been voted in with each new term.
Over the years I have, with much help from the Board and members, accomplished most of the tasks I had set out to complete, i.e., tax exemption, bringing up to date the Polish Eaglet, establishing a good website, among other matters—in general, coaching and counseling as needed to lend direction to the Society. At times it has been an arduous task, with a few "bumps" along the way. But for the most part, the Society is doing extremely well and recognized among other organizations.
However, with other responsibilities, family matters before me, and accomplishments I have yet to complete, I find that my time has become very limited...to the point where I cannot devote the time needed to complete writing our family history, attend all the activities of my children and grandchildren (and hopefully great-grandchildren soon), travel and go camping with our new travel trailer, and a variety of other matters that I and my wife would like to accomplish. And also, just to relax and "take a break", so to say. My retirement in 2009 after 41 years in law enforcement has not yet given me the time to do what I want. Of course, that is partly my doing, by taking on too many activities – one's I wanted to do that I could not do when actively working to protect our community and country.
I find it necessary, therefore, to retire from my position as President of the PGSM effective 31 December 2014. I am sure our VP, moving up to President, will be able to handle the position until the next election in May 2015. I will continue to be of assistance in any way (time permitting) as President "emeritus", including writing articles for and serving on the Editorial Committee of the Polish Eaglet—something I enjoy doing.
For the remainder of this year, I will continue to serve in my position as President and assist the VP in an orderly transition.
William J. Krul
Dzien Świętego Mikołaja
December 6th is St. Nicholas Day in Poland when the saint visits children on the evening and throughout the night.
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.
We will be adding the meeting schedule for the coming year as the dates and places are confirmed.
If you need research assistance, please contact us to set up an appointment.
Good Genealogy, Company, and Food
Good genealogy, company, and food, what more could a researcher ask for than that? Attending the PGSM Annual Seminar last Saturday was an event to remember. The seminar was very well attended with old members, that's said in the nicest of ways, new members, as well as people who came for the first time. The first presenter was Robert Sliwinski, MS, biologist and genetic genealogist. Great information was presented for anyone interested in pursuing their DNA history. Attendees certainly are much more knowledgeable on all things DNA, such as, haplotypes, haplogroups, and markers. Kamila Mazurek, the second presenter, discussed where to locate the many new Polish websites, in addition to some older ones that have been updated, which will assist researchers in their quest for information in all three former partitions of Poland. The lunch was a Polish feast, Pickle Soup, small potatoes, green beans, chicken and, of course, three types of pierogi, and gołąbki. For all who attended here's hoping that your experience was filled with good food, new friends, and new genealogy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Gift Giving Idea!!!
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.
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).