Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan

Mailing Address

PO Box 85987
Westland, MI 48185-6087 USA
Mission Statement
The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan (“PGSM”) promotes and encourages research in Polish genealogy as well as the preservation of historical materials which aid in the documentation of family histories.  PGSM is dedicated to educating its members and the public in Polish culture, Polish genealogy, and genealogical research methods and techniques.
History of PGSM
Three and a half decades ago, a group of interested Polish family historians from the Detroit area began discussing the possibility of establishing a society dedicated to the needs of the researchers and historians.  At the Albert J. Zak Memorial Public Library in Hamtramck an organizational meeting was held on 29 June 1978.  From that original meeting the name of the society was chosen (Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan) and a governing board elected.
The Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library supports and sponsors PGSM sponsorship of the society and still to this day, supports the PGSM.  Currently the Burton Historical Collection is closed due to flooding.
Although meetings were held following the establishment of the society, it was not until May 1981 that the society published its first “newsletter”, a 12 page publication titled The Eaglet, Volume 1, No. 1.  It is now known as The Polish Eaglet, having been changed with the January 1996, Volume 16, No. 1 issue.
Originally, and since the time of its organization, the society decided to meet on the third Saturday of each month, September through June offering programs of interest to the members. Although the society still meets on the third Saturday at various venues, primarily in the southeast Michigan area, it  does not hold general membership meetings during the winter months, December, January and February, nor during the summer months of July and August.  The Board of Directors, however, will meet as necessary.  In addition the society continues to hold annual full day seminars in October.
In 2012, the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan became a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.  The fiscal year is June 1 through May 31. (Updated: 08/01/2021)

President: Valerie Koselka
Vice-President: Therese Leszcz
Treasurer: Jill O'Sullivan
Recording Secretary: Deborah Szukala
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Gryka Ammar
Director: Patricia Hallman
Director: Roger Laske
Director: Kenneth Merique
Director: Mark Jarocha
Director: Veronica Singleton
Director: Frank Slanczka
Director: Nancy Cairns
Director: Patricia Yocum
Director: Robert Kramek
Archivist-Historian: Vacant
Awards: Roger Laske
Constitution & By-Laws: Jill O'Sullivan
Digital Archivist: Roger Laske
Editor-in-Chief, Polish Eaglet: Mary Gryka Ammar
Contributing Editor: Roger Laske
Education: Patricia Hallman
Finance: Jill O'Sullivan
Hospitality: Mark Jarocha
Membership: Valerie Koselka
Nominations: Mark Jarocha
Policy Manuals: Jill O'Sullivan
Program Chairperson: Therese Leszcz
Publicity Chairperson: Mary Gryka Ammar
Research: Patricia Yocum
Sales: Roger Laske
Webmaster: Robert Kramek
Editor, News From The Nest: Veronica Singleton
PGSM Photographer: Ronald Pruss
Delegates & Society Contacts
National Gen Society-Admin: Jill O'Sullivan
Michigan Gen Council-Delegate: Valerie Koselka
Michigan Gen Council-Delegate: Jill O'Sullivan
Macomb County Gen Group: Patricia Hallman
Macomb County Gen Group: Roger Laske
Director Emeritus: James Tye