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Before and Beyond the Internet Conference — Saturday, September 26, 2015
Explore local entities, including unidentified old photos, to mine the golden nuggets!

Chicago's South Side Polonia Bus Tour — Friday, September 25, 2015
Sorry, bus tour is sold out!      All day tour — “Historic Scenes Through Mobile Means”

Click here for more information and registration form.

Click here for hotel booking information.

Click here for Bus Tour and Conference Updates information - Issue #4, August 14.

Click here for Bus Tour and Conference Updates information - Issues #1-3.

What You Missed!

At PGSA's August meeting, Jeffrey Bockman offered a convincing argument for adding DNA testing to one's arsenal of genealogy tools to find and confirm relationships. He found it extremely helpful in finding living distant relatives . . . at least 50 Slovenian cousins!

Why bother finding distant cousins? Because they may have information and pictures you don't. Perhaps, if they have been involved in family research, they may provide answers to some of your out–standing questions.

It's obvious that Mr. Bockman has spent considerable time on his research and moved back and forth and sideways in tracing relationships. While so many of us simply follow a particular line: father, grandfather, great grandfather, etc., Jeffrey's research has often taken detours along the way. Not only looking at great grandfather's relationships but, those of his brothers and sisters, and in turn their children.

Currently, the 3 major types of DNA testing are:

  • Y–DNA – which traces the male lineage
  • Autosomal – analyzes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, providing information about your heritage mixture and connections to cousins.
  • Mitochondrial DNA (mt–DNA) – traces the female line.

Test kits are easy to use. All they require is a sample of your saliva. Mr. Bockman's recommendation was to use a 37–67 marker test. One of the primary testing companies is Family Tree DNA.

Once you have the results, Jeffrey suggests you download the results and transfer to Gedmatch.com, where you can obtain more detailed reports, a list of new cousins and do comparisons with other people to see what chromosome you match on and then contact them via email.

Because the presentation contained so much information, I suggest you go to Jeffrey's website, click on “Genealogy According to Jeff” and then “Drilling Down for DNA.” There you can learn more and view the results of his research. You can also contact him with specific questions.

Good Deal! Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings CD

If you are looking for a wealth of information in as small a package as possible, this should interest you. This CD has all the information contained in the 2 print volumes (totaling 1,182 pages).

Volume I - Offers the history of surname development, typical name origins, suffixes, and the relationship of Polish surnames to Hebrew, Czech, German, Russian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian.

Volume II - Has a 50,000 entry index arranged by root names, it offers translations, derivations, and data on the number of Polish citizens bearing each name, and more.

CD: $25 (members $22.50)

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

For a new PGSA membership, click on the link to complete an online Membership Application and pay online: Online New Member Application

What's New on The Website?

Members Only - Rodziny Electronic Collection - New Additions, Summer 2015

We have expanded the collection of Rodzinys in our members only area to include issues from 2009 to 2015. 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"

August 2015 Update 240 new records, 43,096 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 Volunteer

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