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PGSA Quarterly Meeting, Sunday, May 18, 2014! Save the Date!

Topic: "Source Citations: the ticket to a sound family history"

Join us at the Polish Museum of America, for an informative lecture by PGSA Member Cynthia Piech, focused on why source citations are important, when and how to create a citation, the kinds of citations, and resources for citations. Examine examples of commonly used citations.

Biography: Cynthia Piech, author and lecturer, has been doing Polish genealogy research for 16 years, both in the U.S. and in Poland. She is a member of the PGSA, the National Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Spring into Genealogy Sale

Special pricing for the Rodziny & More CD

Here is a great resource for Polish Genealogy information from 30 Years of PGSA’s Rodziny Collection. The CD is packed with stories from Polish experts, members sharing their experiences, tips on visiting Polish archives, and translations. This CD is regularly priced at $35 / $25 for members. For April 1, 2014 through May 30, 2014, it will be available at $30 for non members and $20 for members. Go To Bookstore

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.

2014 United Polish Genealogical Societies Biennial Conference, May 1-6

Download a Conference brochure and begin planning to attend the 2014 UPGS Conference to be held at the Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City. With 6 guest speakers, 11 presentations and the renown Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Company performing you're guaranteed to find the Conference well worth your time.

SIGN UP TODAY !!! Conference Registration

Credit card registration is available online only and mail-in registration is by check only. Early bird registration rates apply if your mail-in or online registration is postmarked or processed by March 31, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the Conference or how to register for the Conference contact us at: pgsanotebook@gmail.com.

In Praise of Family History Centers

Read what Catherine Jay writes about her experiences with Family History Centers.

Hot Off the Press! In Their Words: Latin

Are you dealing with Latin language challenges? In Their Words: Latin is now in the PGSA bookstore. With over 400 pages this Genealogist’s Translation Guide provides documents and extracts for birth, death and marriage in various formats, vocabulary and name lists and covers both European and American sources. In addition it suggests how to locate records, and has a chapter on using gazetteers. And what would a book that discusses language by our own Fred Hoffman be without a section on Latin grammar, phonetics and spelling. You can find probably every tool that can help you with your Latin challenge in this book. Check it out in the bookstore now. Go To Bookstore

The Key that Opens the Door to Your Polish Roots

Very few people who search for their Polish roots are satisfied when they have learned all they can about their ancestors in the U.S. But some fear that going further and looking for roots in Poland is too great a challenge. In his book, Polish Genealogy: Four Steps to Success, Stephen Szabados lists and explains the important sources that can suggest the towns/villages where your ancestors lived and how to find them. What follows are details on determining what and where records exist for those locations and, finally, how they can be obtained and, interpreted. As a bonus, introductory pages paint a brief picture of European History as it relates to Poland as well as the immigration of Poles to the U.S. There are details on immigration from the Polish village through the American points of entry to their final American destination. Polish Genealogy: Four Steps to Success is an excellent tool for meeting the challenge of finding your Polish Roots and building a better appreciation of what your ancestors went through to get to America. Get more details and order the book today at Go To Bookstore


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 onThe Website?

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

We have expanded the collection of Rodzinys in our members only area to include issues from 2009 to 2013. 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

March 2014 Update 1022 new records, 37,953 individual records!

This database will remain in the public section Databases – Regional of the site to expose it to the largest audience possible. We have been trying to identify a vehicle for members to share family information with each other with minimal success. The database is a compromise effort.

The user of this data 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

Jubilee Book Indexes, January 2014

Additional Jubilee book indexes have been uploaded and are now online. We now have over 568,000 individual records from 568 books. We'd like to thank Ken Nowakowski, Jennifer Wellman, Deloris Cieslewicz, Barbara Bieszczat, Mitchelle Kmiec and Karen Johanson for their continued dedication, perseverance and support of our Society by working on these indexes.

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  • Holy Cross, Baltimore, MD, 1978, 80th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
  • Holy Trinity, Erie, PA, 1934, Financial Report, Mitchelle Kmiec
  • Immaculate Conception BVM, Panna Maria, TX, 1944, PRCU Archives, Mitchelle Kmiec
  • St. Mary of the Angels, Chicago, IL, 1953, Financial Report, Deloris Cieslewicz
  • St. Mary's School, South River, NJ, 1976, 50th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
  • St. Michael, Chicago, IL, 1942, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
  • St. Roman, Chicago, IL, 1939, 10th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
  • St. Stanislaus B&M, Chicago, IL, 1954, Financial Report, Barbara Bieszczat
  • St. Stanislaus B&M, Detroit, MI, 1923, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1928, Financial Report, Barbara Bieszczat
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1935, Financial Report, Jennifer Wellman
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1952, Financial Report, Deloris Cieslewicz
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1957, Financial Report, Jennifer Wellman
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