- Genealogy Fridays – Polish Research Help at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library
- Remember to Add PGSA Notebook URL to Your Address Book
- New Membership — Apply and Pay Online
- PGSA Forum is Back Online — Check It Out!
- What's New on the Website?
- Jubilee Book Indexes, January 2013
- Members Only - Immigrant Marriage Database - New Additions, November 2012
- Members Only - Immigrant Family Tree's Database - New Additions, August 2012
- Did you know?
“Spring into Genealogy Special,” starts April 1, 2013.
SPRING INTO GENEALOGY SPECIAL!!
For a limited time only, April 1 through May 31, 2013, PGSA is offering a special price on one of the first and most widely praised references for Polish genealogical research, Polish Parish Records of the Roman Catholic Church: Their use and understanding in Genealogical Research, by Gerald A. Ortell. This book discusses baptismal, marriage and death records in detail and lists names, occupations, causes of death, Polish Saints' days, and much more. This excellent, in-depth publication will help you understand and translate parish entries. If you already have a copy of this wonderful resource, consider buying one for a friend. The sale price of this book to members is $7.20 / non-members $8.00. This book is regularly priced as $10.80 for members and $12.00 for non-members.
To order go to the Bookstore. If you want to mail-in your order, use the mail-in order form from our website Mail In Order Form and write in the sale price. Mail-in orders must be post marked by May 31, 2013.
PGSA’s May 19th Meeting- “Using Genealogical Societies in Poland”
Genealogy is popular in Poland, and there are several genealogical societies in various regions of Poland. We’ll look at the web sites of several of these societies to see what they offer the Polish-American genealogist. We’ll also demonstrate how to easily translate the web pages that are in Polish. Our presenter, Cynthia Piech has been doing genealogical research for 14 years. She has done research in both the U.S. and Poland and has traced her family back to the late 1700s. Cynthia has written articles on genealogy and travel in Poland for the Rodziny. She is a member of the PGSA, the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.
35th Annual Conference Registration, “Up and Running"
We invite you to join us September 13 and 14 at our anniversary conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle and share in the fruits of the seeds our founders planted 35 years ago. The program is structured to satisfy the skilled researcher as well as the novice and to explain the use of some of the amazing tools that technology now offers. Speakers’ topics and schedule are now on our website so you can review them and decide which subjects fulfill your needs: research in Poland—Thomas Nitsch, technological wonders—Thomas MacEntee, the impact of history on your ancestors’ lives—Ola Heska or hands-on guidance in pursuing information on the internet—Ceil Jensen.
But the conference is not just what you can glean from lectures. It offers Ask Us, a question/ answer panel, translation help and, possibly just as important, what you learn from the expertise of your fellow researchers. And don’t forget the offerings of the Vendor room with material and representatives from: Fun Stuff for Genealogists, Michiana History Publication, The Polish Museum of America, CAGGNI, PhotoGraphics, Stitched For You and, of course PGSA and others. Then there is lunch with a choice of 3 entrées and the opportunity to share ideas and stories with table-mates. Finally, everyone’s favorite wrap-up at lunch is the excitement generated by a colorful Polish dance troupe.
Sign up today or at least before August 2nd to take advantage of early bird pricing. Register at Eventbrite. Speakers’ information, including biographies as well as specific conference detail and a printable mail-in registration form are on our website.
PGSA has spent 35 years “Growing Your Research Resources”! Take advantage of them at its 35th Anniversary conference.
Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, 3rd edition, is available in our bookstore
The long wait is finally over. From Abel to Żyżyński, this new edition includes nearly twice as many names, many of linguistic origin other than Polish-- Czech, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Yiddish, and others. Go to our Bookstore for more information and to order your copy now!
We have 2 versions of the book.
Version 1 is a 2 book set at a cost of $50.00 ($45 PGSA member price)
Version 2 is a book and CD for $35.00 ($31.50 PGSA member price).
If you are ordering through our online bookstore Online Bookstore and you are a PGSA member, you need to make sure you have an account in the bookstore and notify us that you are a PGSA member.
Note: you must wait for the bookstore site to update your account before you will see your discount. The speed at which this happens depends on how quickly I can get to my computer to update your store account. If you are entitled to a member discount, please do not complete your order until your account has been updated and you see your discount. If you prefer to order by mail, you can download the mail-in order form from our website Mail In Order Form Your order will be shipped via media mail and will take approximately 1 week – 10 days,depending on your location.
September 13-14, 2013 Conference, “Growing Your Research Resources”
Something for Everyone!!!
Tomasz Nitsch from Poland whose presentations will include:
• The Work of Genealogical Societies in Poland Today
• Searching the Online Archives of Poland
• Brief History of the Austrian Partition and Its Record Keeping
• 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy
• Google for Genealogists
• Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching
• Privacy and Our Ancestors
• The Russian Partition- A Brief History and Their Records
• How to Find the Maps You Need for Your Research (Old, New, Digital)
• The Prussian Partition, a Brief History and Their Records
• Advanced Polish Research
• A Guide to Useful Genealogical Websites Based in Poland
Watch this site for details on early bird registration at Eventbrite.com, coming soon!
The Hilton Lisle/Naperville, Illinois is now accepting hotel reservations. The rate of $95 will end August 31st. Call 1-630-505-0900 or go to Hilton Hotel Reservations
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.
Be sure to add the Notebook's email address
Be sure to add the Notebook's email address firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book or "safe senders" list as soon as you subscribe to the Notebook so it will be delivered directly to your in box. If you cannot find your monthly issue of the Notebook, be sure to check your "junk mail" or spam box for your email account. If you continue to have difficulty receiving the Notebook, contact your Internet Service Provider about the issue directly
New Membership — Apply and Pay Online
For a new PGSA membership, click on the link to complete an online Membership Application and pay online: Online New Member Application
PGSA Forum is Back Online - How do I log In?
The original PGSA forum hosted by Delphi Forums has been transfered back to PGSA ownership. Delphi maintains robust safegards to ensure our Forum is protected fromhackers and other obnoxious characters. When you visit the forum you will be prompted to log in to the Delphi Forum system. You may choose the user name and password of your choice and if you so elect Delphi will remember it for you so your next visit will merely be a click. The log in protects you from spammers and assorted mal-contents and Delphi will not use your information or send you advertizing unless you permit them to do so. PGSA members Al Wierzba and Jim Piechorowski will share the duties of Forum Moderators. So drop by and share information, questions or assist other members in thier family journey: PGSA Forum.
What's New on the Website?
Jubilee Book Indexes, January 2013
Additional Jubilee book indexes have been uploaded and are now online. We now have 550,658 individual records from 555 books. We'd like to thank Ken Nowakowski, Jennifer Wellman, Deloris Cieslewicz, Barbara Bieszczat and Karen Johanson for their continued dedication, perseverance and support of our Society by working on these indexes.
- SS. Cyril & Methodius, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, 1942, 25th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
- Holy Trinity, Utica, NY, 1935, Financial Report, Jennifer Wellman
- Sacred Heart of Jesus, Port Chester, NY, 1937, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
- St. Adalbert, Schenectady, NY, 1978, 75th Jubilee, Karen Johanson
- St. Barbara, Dearborn, MI, 1934, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
- St. Barbara, Chicago, IL, 1985, 75th Jubilee, Jennifer Wellman
- St. Casimir, Buffalo, NY, 1940, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
- St. Casimir, Cleveland, OH, 1934, Financial Report, Jennifer Wellman
- St. Ladislaus, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1928, 15th Jubilee, Deloris Cieslewicz
- St. Ladislaus, Ozone Park, NY, 1973, 50th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
- St. Stanislaus, Cleveland, OH, 1973, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
Members Only - Immigrant Marriage Database - New Additions, November 2012
This database of Catholic Marriages in Northern Indiana has been expanded by approximately 1300 marriages performed at:
- Sacred Heart Belgian, South Bend, IN 1896-1961
- St. Ambrose, Michigan City, IN 1845-1917
- Immaculate Heart of Mary, Michigan City, IN 1845-1917
- St. John Cantius, Rolling Prairie, IN 1891-1951
- St. Monica, Mishawaka, IN 1915-1967
Limited information is available to the public. PGSA members have access to all the fields in the members only area of our website.
The records were transcribed by Jim Piechorowski and Chris Kovach on behalf of the Polish Genealogy Society of America.
Members Only - Immigrant Family Tree's Database - New Additions, August 2012
This expanded index contains the family histories of (487) immigrant families to St. Joseph County & surrounding counties in Indiana, Michigan & Illinois. In each case the files contain the town, village or county of origin in Europe allowing access by the researcher to Church records indexed by the LDS. The objective of this historical database is to identify family birth origin not complete histories of the individual family.