- Holiday Gift Ideas!
- 2013 CONFERENCE ADDITIONS/REVISIONS - corrected Austrian Partition lecture and syllabus notes and additional web addresses for the Russian Partition lecture.
- Glossary of Some Difficult Terms Encountered in the Słownik Geograficzny - Updated
- 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?
- Electronic Rodziny, Fall 2013 is now available for download from Members Only
- Members Only - Rodziny Electronic Collection - New Additions, October 2013
- Jubilee Book Indexes, June 2013
- Polish Immigrants to the Midwest
- Members Only - Immigrant Marriage Database - New Additions, November 2012
- Members Only - Immigrant Family Tree's Database - New Additions, August 2012
- Did you know?
Two holiday gift ideas to consider!
A Membership in PGSA (for yourself or someone you care about) which brings with it:
- Rodziny — our award winning quarterly journal with over 125 pages annually, addressing topics of interest, members' experiences, and useful genealogy suggestions;
- Members Only — the PGSA.org website with records and indexes plus back issues of the Rodziny;
- Library–Research assistance — help in locating villages, obtaining obituaries, Haller's army and PRCUA records; and
- Member discounts — on research books, CDs, packets and the annual conference.
And / Or
The Polish American Encyclopedia by James S. Pula.
- This book is the definitive reference work on Polish American history and culture. Its 585 pages are jam-packed with over 1,200 entries and is richly illustrated by more than 350 photographs. This book is the product of the collaborative efforts of 128 scholars. It is designed as a basic research tool for students, researchers and the general public. This is a great reference tool for those who want to learn more about their Polish heritage!
**Purchase either of these items during the month of December and receive a complimentary tote bag!
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
What You Missed at the November Meeting!
The program for the August meeting, held at the Wheaton Public Library, was presented by Daniel Niemiec. Daniel is the author of numerous books on genealogy and has spent 23 years researching his family roots. His topic for the program was “Catholic Records in Chicago”. Daniel began his talk by stating why Catholic records are so important. He gave several reasons including: they may be the only source of information pre-1871 (most civil records were lost in the Chicago Fire), many non-US citizens were not registered with Cook County, to locate European birthplaces and to colaborate civil records and family lore. He said Catholic Church records include baptisms, communions, confirmations, marriages, deaths and sometimes burial information. Catholic cemeteries can provide lot owners name, date of death, age, address and cause of death. If the parish or cemetery is not known, the language spoken by the family can be a clue. If English was spoken, most likely the family attended the closest church otherwise they probably attended the nearest ethnic church. Likewise, the cemeteries may or may not be the ones closest to the family residence. Kiosks in the Cook County or Lake County Catholic cemeteries can be used to locate graves and some of them have microfilm records of intermnent cards, burial logs and registers available. Daniel said physical church records are kept at each open parish or in the case of a mission parish at the priest’s parish. Closed parish records can be found at nearby parishes or in the archdiocesan archives. Records from 1813 to 1915 (some through 1925) are on microfilm and are available at the archdiocesan archives or at Family History Centers. Records may be in English, Latin or the ethnic language of the parish. The “Family History Form” word list on www.familysearch.org can be used to translate them.
2013 Conference Syllabus Sale! - Limited Supply!
Were you unable to attend the PGSA Conference? The conference may be over, but you can still learn from it! The PGSA Store is selling a limited number of copies of the 2013 Conference Syllabus - Growing Your Research Resources. It includes the speakers’ notes from lectures given at the PGSA 35th Annual Conference held on Sept 13-14, 2013.
You can purchase the syllabus on-line in our bookstore or you can mail an order to the PGSA at 894 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642. Just write on a piece of paper what you wish to order and PRINT the address where you want it shipped. You may pay by check or credit card. The cost for the syllabus is $20 / $18 member + $4 shipping. We also are offering an option of purchasing the 2013 syllabus and our PGSA conference tote for $25.20 member price + $4 shipping.
If you are a PGSA member and order on-line, please make sure you sign into the bookstore as a member. If this is your first time ordering, you need to wait until your account has been updated before you see your member discount. According to our website, it can take up to 2 days, but realistically, it is usually within 8 hrs. Please do not complete your order until you see a member price. For more information, visit 2013 Conference Syllabus.
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
Tell Congress to pass the Senate bill to include Poland in the Visa Waiver Bill
Now that Sen. Schumer's immigration bill was passed by the United States Senate, it must pass the House of Representatives before Poland will be included in the Visa Waiver Program. The bill aims to secure America's borders, penalize employers who hire illegal immigrants, and provide a roadmap for immigrants to legally become American citizens. It would also drop the visa requirement for Poles who want to visit the United States as tourists.
Polish Americans must speak up to ensure that this legislation passes in the House of Representatives, and that President Obama signs it. So please call or write to your Representatives and ask them to pass the immigration bill. For more information, visit Fundacja Kościuszkowska Polska.
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 email@example.com 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?
Members Only - Electronic Rodziny, Fall 2013
The Fall 2013 issue of the Rodziny is now available for download from the Members Only area. PGSA members who elected to receive the printed version of the Rodziny should be receiving it in the mail soon.
Members Only - Rodziny Electronic Collection - New Additions, October 2013
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
November 2013 Update 776 new records, 34,594 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for entry. Let me know if you want your name and / or email credited in the record. Remember in 60 days this DB will migrate to “Members Only”
Jim Piechorowski PGSA Web Chair
Jubilee Book Indexes, June 2013
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.
- 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