Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan

Mailing Address

PGSM
PO Box 85987
Westland, MI 48185-9998 USA

Mission Statement

The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan 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 on Polish genealogy, genealogical research methods and techniques, and the Polish culture.

Officers
President: Valerie Koselka
Vice-President: Linda Bailey
Treasurer: Jill O'Sullivan
Recording Secretary-Interim: Therese Leszcz
Corresponding Secretary: Trudy Krueger
 
Directors
Director: Patricia Hallman
Director: Roger Laske
Director: Kenneth Merique
Director: Mark Jarocha
Director: Veronica Singleton
Director: Mary Ammar
Director: Trudy Krueger
Director: Therese Leszcz
Director: Frank Slanczka
Director: Nancy Cairns
 
Committees
Archivist-Historian: Vacant
Awards: Kenneth Merique
Constitution & By-Laws: Jill O'Sullivan
Digital Archivist: Roger Laske
Editor-in-Chief: Polish Eaglet: Nancy Cairns
Contributing Editor: Roger Laske
Education: Patricia Hallman
Finance: Jill O'Sullivan
Hospitality: Mark Jarocha
Membership: Valerie Koselka
Nominations: Kenneth Merique
Policy Manuals: Jill O'Sullivan
Program Chairperson: Linda Bailey
Publicity Chairperson: Trudy Krueger
Research: Therese Leszcz
Sales: Roger Laske
Webmaster: Trudy Krueger
Assistant Editor: Polish Eagle: Mary Ammar
Editor: News From The Nest: Veronica Singleton
PGSM Photographer: Ronald Pruss
Program Committee: Margaret Moryc
Website Committee: Michelle Ostrowski
Website Committee: Linda Bailey
 
Delegates & Society Contacts
Federation of Gen Soc-Delegate: Jill O'Sullivan
Michigan Gen Council-Delegate: Valerie Koselka
Michigan Gen Council-Delegate: Jill O'Sullivan
Michigan Gen Council-Alternate: Vacant
Macomb County Gen Group: Patricia Hallman
Macomb County Gen Group: Roger Laske
 
Emeritus
Director Emeritus: James Tye
 
 
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 offered sponsorship of the society and still to this day, supports the PGSM and receives and holds our society mail.  Currently the Detroit Public Library is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  DO NOT SEND ANY MAIL AS WE CAN NOT RETREIVE IT FROM THE LIBRARY. 
 
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.
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