Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Mailing Address

Burton-Detroit Public Library/Dept W
5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan 48202-4007 USA
Preserving Our Past For the Future

What to Do While Social Distancing

Want to stay in touch with family & friends but are doing the right thing by keeping your distance?  Take avantage of video conferencing software to socialize from a safe distance.  Check out the following software and choose the one that best fits your needs.
Facebook Messenger
Facetime (Apple devices)
Google Hanouts Meet
Marco Polo

The following information was sent to the PGSM by a member:
Helping to ease the isolation from social distancing with new connections: Ancestry has collaborated with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to offer temporary free access to millions of historical records and images from the federal government. And we will continue providing free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building
In order to access this information it appears that at the least a 14-day free trial is necessary. 

There is no fee required to access the NARA website
Have you been to the NARA website?
Main NARA page:  Click Here
Below is a link that will take you to the Genealogy and Historical Research page at St Louis. 

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Need Help with Polish Website Navigation?

New Szukaj w Archiwach tutorial by PGSM Recording Secretary, Therese Leszcz, is posted in the Members Only, Speaker Handout section.

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Stuck at Home?

Free Webinars, being offered by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society,  for those of us who are staying home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The first webinar starts today at 4:00 PM EDT, with D. Joshua Taylor as the presenter:  Examine ways to sort, organize, and prepare for your time spent online - including preparing to research at commercial websites, genealogical society databases, and other online collections. 
Check out the webinar schedule. 

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Have you moved, are there changes in your contact information?  Send updated data to the memberhsip committee at membership@pgsm.org

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Welcome / Zapraszamy!

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 and by keeping this website updated, sending newsletters and e-mails. Click the links on the left side to read more about who we are and what we do. 
Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne w Michigan Witamy i zapraszamy do przeglądania naszej strony zawierającej przydatne w poszukiwaniach ganealogicznych linki i informacje o naszym towarzystwie - Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan(PGSM). Nasza siedziba znajduje się w amerykańskim stanie Michigan. Staramy się jak najlepiej dotrzeć do naszych członków mieszkających w Stanach Zjednoczonych i w Polsce komunikując się z nimi drogą elektroniczną: uaktualniając naszą stronę internetową, wysyłając biuletyny i maile. Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne w Michigan jest członkiem Rady Genealogicznej stanu Michigan (Michigan Genealogical Council) i Federacji Towarzystw Genealogicznych. Aby dowiedzieć się więcej o naszych organizacjach, proszę kliknąć na symbole znajdujące się w prawej części głównej strony.
Translation provided by Magda Smolka

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Do Not Forget!

Backing up your genealogy information is a good habit to get into at the beginning of each month.  
Don't put it off!
Proszę, nie zapomnij Kopia zapasowa danych.

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Early Maps of Poland and Germany

Looking for help with Polish and German maps, have you checked out Gazetteers?  Below is a link to a page that will help sort out some of the confusion of the Polish and German area.
Click the link Below: 

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News From The Nest

The February Issue of News From the Nest has been uploaded to the Members Only Section.  You must be logged in to access this secure area.
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2017 Polish Eaglet editions have been added to the Members Only Section
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New Records at FamilySearch

Records updated for Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964

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Poland Enters the Visa Waiver Program

November 11th, 2019 is Polish Independence Day and this year there is yet another reason to celebrate the day.  On November 6th the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo selected Poland for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)  What does this mean for Polish citizens and nationals?  Beginning November 11th, traveling from Poland to the United States for pleasure or business reasons for up to 90 days won't require obtaining a visa first.  Through the VWP applicants will apply online for authorization to travel to the USA through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin taking applications on November 11th.  The most common nonimmigrant visa the fee was $160 USD which is the equivilant to $640.00 PLN., the new fee is expected to be $14.00 USD per application. 
General information regarding the new visa requirements can be found at the following links:  U.S. Department of State,   ESTA 

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New Publication - Oldest Settlement in Michigan

Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan (PGSM) member Charles Chase, has  published a 108-page book devoted to the history of Parisville, which is a part of the Polish history of Michigan.  Parisville/Paris Township, The Oldest Polish Settlement in Michigan,  may be ordered from the website Lulu.com which is a print on-demand site.  Mr Chase is generously donating all revenue from the sale of the book directly to the PGSM. 
Clicking the link below will take you to the PGSM store.  Please do not use the "Add to Cart" button, use the link that will direct you to Lulu.com to purchase the book for $14.00 from the print On-demand site. 


Polish Diacriticals

The Polish language has the following special letters: ą ć ę ł ń ó ś ź ż . These are considered to be separate letters: each of them is placed in the alphabet immediately after its Latin counterpart (e.g. ą between a and b), ź and ż are placed after z in that order.  If you find that you need help with typing these special letters, the following website can help.  Click here.
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Stories, Ideas, etc

Have ideas for subjects you would like to see in future publications or do you have a story to tell about your ancestors.  Send your ideas/stories to the Editorial Staff of the Polish Eaglet.
Send your email to:  editor@pgsm.org
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