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Chicago's South Side Polonia Bus Tour - Friday, September 25, 2015

All-day tour - "Historic Scenes Through Mobile Means"

Before and Beyond the Internet Conference - Saturday, September 26, 2015

Explore local entities, including unidentified old photos, to mine the golden nuggets!

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May 17'th Meeting - The Russian Partition and Polands Disappearance from the World Map!!!

In 1795 Poland disappeared from the world maps and endured over 123 years of foreign occupation. The country was divided and occupied by Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This presentation is an overview of the causes and results of the occupation, focusing on the Russian partition. Online sources of digitized documents and indexes will also be discussed.

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Presenter, Ola Heska received her M.A. in Russian Philology from Lodz University, Poland. She is fluent in Polish, Russian, and some Latin, with experience in deciphering Old Russian handwriting. Ola began researching her family roots 14 years ago and now enjoys working as a genealogist/translator helping others. She has participated in PGSA’s annual conference and is currently involved in a vital records indexing project with the Polish Genealogical Society (PTG) headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. Please join us.

This presentation is also being transmitted as a “Webinar.” To register go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5360437309312036098 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar on May 17th.

There is ample parking and light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 — 2 P.M.





Awards Nominations!!!

As our annual conference approaches, the society looks to acknowledge those volunteers within our organization who have given selflessly of their time and effort. We also honor individuals or organizations in the broader community who have made significant contributions to the field of Polish American genealogical research.

The Gwiazda, is presented to a volunteer working within our society and its name translates to a “star” which is how important and valued the recipient is to us.

The Wigilia is given to those who have made contributions to the genealogy community at large. The word references Christmas Eve when traditionally families come together to remember and celebrate their ancestry. As a member of the society, we invite you to submit a nomination in either or both categories. Simply type in “Award” in the search box (top left). It will take you to our Nomination Form which you can then download and print out. Instructions for posting are on the form.

The deadline for submission is May 31st. We ask that you send us more than simply a name but, include as many reasons as possible as to why this individual or organization is deserving of recognition.

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.

Midwife at Auschwitz!

The Story of Stanislawa Leszczynska

If anything can be said of accusations against the Catholic Church in World War II it is that they are as predictable as they are monotonous. Far more interesting (and revealing) is the heroism of thousands of ordinary Catholics who suffered and died at the hands of Hitler's reign of terror. The martyrdom of St. Maximillian Kolbe, who was put to death at the Auschwitz concentration camp, is well known. But such courage was not unique, as is revealed in the remarkable history of Stanislawa Leszczynska. The following is an abridged version of a study by Polish historian Prof. Maciej Giertych which provides some inkling of the horrors which Polish Catholics, and other Catholics throughout Europe, underwent during the Second World War. Sadly, such accounts — though they are numerous — are generally disregarded by modern academia and the media. Midwife of Auschwitz


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, Spring 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"

Mar 2015 Update 250 new records, 42,500 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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