Zapraszamy! We Welcome You
We invite you to browse the website which contains useful links to assist with your Polish research and information about the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan (PGSM).
We are based in Michigan and do our best to reach out to members who live elsewhere in the United States and Poland by communicating electronically by keeping this website updated, sending newsletters and e-mails.
The Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan is a member of the Michigan Genealogical Council and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Please visit these sites by clicking on the badges which are located at the right side of the home page to learn more about each organization.
The membership meetings will begin again in March 2017, please check the calendar for details.
Organizing Your Genealogy Life
Through the generosity of Software MacKiev, PGSM has 2014 Family Tree Maker (FTM) editions to give to two lucky attendees at the first regular PGSM meeting of the 2017 season. The meeting will take place on March 18th, at the Plymouth District Library, located at 223 South Main Street, Plymouth, Michigan. Go to PGSM calendar for more detailed meeting information.
Can You Spell Hamtramck?
We are in dire need to recruit more volunteer transcribers to help us with the PGSM Hamtramck Project. We recently completed the transcription of 23,000 Death Reports and are moving onto the 75,000 Birth Reports. The task of transcribing is simple but the volume is plentiful. Volunteers will be viewing index cards containing birth data and entering 7 bits of info into a formatted Excel database. Data entry time per card ranges from 45 seconds to 90 seconds. But we are more interested into accuracy than speed. We provide ample training regarding data entry. Volunteers are required to ...spend some time at our Transcription Center to display their confidence with the process. We also have a few laptop computers available for volunteers to use as well. After a short period of time we also will consider allowing volunteers to take packets of cards home with them to transcribe the data in the comforts of their home, then sending the data file as an email attachment to me to be audited and then entered into the master database. I have called it our "Drive Thru" service. The packet of cards are signed out and returned promptly after completion of the data whereas you can obtain another packet cards.Our Transcription Center is located on Garfield Road in between Canal and 19 Mile Roads and our hours in operation vary according to the need of the volunteers. Interested in helping contact - Fred Kuplicki - email@example.com
Seminar 2017 Speakers
The PGSM Board of Directors are pleased to announce the speakers for this year's seminar on October 28, 2017
American Polish Cultural Center
Further details about the seminar and registration to follow.
Sophie Hodorowicz Knab
is the author of The Polish Country Kitchen
, Polish Customs, Traditions and Folklore
, Polish Herbs
, Flowers & Folk Medicine, Polish Wedding Customs & Tradition
and Polish First Names
Sophie will present a talk based on her latest book: "Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945. The second talk will focus on Polish customs and traditions.
Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is the author of From Shepherds to Shoemakers, her blog about Polish genealogical strategies and personal experiences, speaker at various meetings and seminars and assists many researchers on the Facebook group, Polish Genealogy and Genealogy Translations. Julie will present her talk: "I Found My Village! Now What?" Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources". The second presentation is entitled: "The Ins and Outs of Geneteka: How it Works, and How to Use it Most Effectively".
Thinking about Travel
Interested in traveling to your ancestral village and don't know where to start? Look in Links & Societies under the Researchers/Tour Guides category.
Search for Vital Records in Rzeszów
Looking for records in Galicia, check out the Links & Societies section of our website. click here.
What's my Name?
Ever wonder what your name is in another language. What if your ancestors given name was Ekaterina, Kasia or Caron where might they have lived? Go to Public Download/General Public Downloads. Look for the file titled English Version of Foreign Names to find the answer. Were you able to identify the country for each of the names listed above?
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Family History Center Film Lists
Two Family History Centers (FHC) have provided PGSM with a list of Polish and German films on indefinite loan at their locations. To view the film list click the Public Databases
area, next click the category, History Centers - Microfilms
. The Midland Family History Center is located at 1700 West Sugnet Drive, Midland (corner of Sugnet Drive and Eastman Avenue) Midland, Michigan. The Howell Michigan Family History Center, is at 1041 W Grand River Ave, Howell, Michigan.
If you are traveling great distances it is always advisable to call to verify open hours.
Looking for Online Records in Poland
If your looking for online records, check out the Lost Shoebox website.
Meyer's Gazeteer Updated
Having trouble locating the villages of your immigrant ancestor in current day Poland? The new updated Meyer Orts - Gazetteer is the place to look.
Once you enter the location, the map with additional information is available. The tabs across the top include Ecclesiastical, Related, Email, Feedback. The Ecclesiastical tab lists places in the vacinity of the originial search place, included are Catholic, Protestant, churches or parish or Jewish synagogues. In our Links & Societies section under categories locate the Maps/Town Locators section. or Click Here
Check out the other links for town and maps while you are there.!!
Polish Headstone Words
Need assistance reading the Polish words on headstones. Valerie Koselka, PGSM member and President has put together a list of useful words and phrases that you will see on headstones. This list is located in our Public Databases under General Datbases, Click Here