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PGSA Quarterly Meeting - February 8, 2015, 2:00 P.M.!

"The 4th Partition" by Adrian Prawica and Rafal Muskala

A documentary film about Polish American History in Chicago. The film's focus is on Chicago's Polish immigrants at the turn of the 20th century when over 4 million Poles immigrated to the U.S., between 1870-1920, in search of a better life. Many of them would come to call Chicago their home. More Poles would live in Chicago neighborhoods than in Warsaw, the Capital of Poland. The film vividly portrays those who worked in the steel mills and stockyards. I found viewing the film to be a very moving and enlightening experience. I believe you will too! Please Note - This meeting will be held at:

Copernicus Center - King's Hall

5216 W. Lawrence Avenue

Chicago, IL

There is ample parking adjacent to the building, as well as across the street from the center. Light refreshments will be served.


On Friday, September 25, 2015, PGSA will be offering a bus tour of Chicago's Polish South Side "Historic Scenes Through Mobile Means" visiting a few of the oldest Polish parishes in the city along with commercial and industrial sites that drew our ancestors through employment opportunity and helped to place the City of Chicago on the world stage. Historic landmarks, thriving cozy neighborhoods, European cathedral architecture and drive-by highlights of South Chicago, Bridgeport, and Back of the Yards neighborhoods will be featured.

The PGSA 2015 Conference entitled "Research Before and Beyond the Internet" will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Marriott Chicago Midway Hotel, 6520 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638. Currently, presentations, will include searching three Polish websites whereby vital records/entries are constantly being added in a step-by-step fashion, and dating old photographs instead of leaving them boxed in a closet. Much more to come in the near future. So, save the dates! Registration will begin in spring.

Holiday Special! Polish Roots, 2nd Edition by Rosemary Chorzempa now Available!

Holiday Special! Any order placed from Nov. 1, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015 will receive the holiday special of a "free electronic copy" of the Research packet. ($6 Value)

Polish Roots, 2nd Edition is now available in the on-line bookstore. Since the publication of the original Polish Roots, there have been many advances in Polish genealogy research. The Internet has made the task of locating Polish ancestors much easier, as more information and images are made available online. In addition, there has been a marked rise in interest in genealogy in Poland, resulting in a great increase in the number of Polish genealogical societies available and the amount of helpful information disseminated. This second edition of Polish Roots addresses these exciting developments, with a new Introduction, four brand-new chapters, one completely rewritten chapter, several new maps and charts, and numerous updates scattered throughout the original text.

Price: $24.95, PGSA Members Recieve a 10% discount

Compendium of Polish Digital Web Sites!


Peruse this directory of 46 domestic and international sites presented as PGSA's first step to inform and build awareness in the ability of our members to access Digitized Polish Vital Records via the internet. In addition, we will strive to mobilize our members to volunteer in the effort to transcribe and / or digitize Polish vital records before they fall victim to the ravages of time and are lost forever.


Genealogy Fridays – Polish Research Help at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

PGSA board member Steve Szabados is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and he will be available for Polish research questions and help on Friday mornings from 9 AM to 12 PM. Whether you are just starting your research or trying to solve a “brick wall,” Steve should be able to help.

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New Membership — Apply and Pay Online

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What's New onThe Website?

Members Only - Rodziny Electronic Collection - New Additions, Fall 2014

We have expanded the collection of Rodzinys in our members only area to include issues from 2009 to 2014. As you know the Rodziny is packed with valuable information, translations and "how to" tips for the new or expert researcher. We will continue to expand this collection as new issues become available.

Polish Immigrants to the Midwest - Migrated to "Members Only"

Dec 2014 Update 400 new records, 41,400 individual records!

This database is updated monthly. The user will find German, Pole, Hungarian, Belgian, Greek and Italian families from a number of states traced as near to their European origins as possible. Many good people have taken the time to send me extensions to the many families identified and have corrected my work when necessary. They are all credited for their contributions and I encourage any user to contribute “new families” and / or correct my work as the spirit moves you. New data may be sent to jamespiech@aol.com for entry. Let me know if you want your name and / or email credited in the record.

Jim Piechorowski PGSA Web Chair

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