Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Preserving Our Past For the Future

Seminar Speaker

Sophie Hodorowicz Knab was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Hanover, Germany in 1948.  Her parents were among the millions of Poles sent to Germany against their will to work as forced laborers during World War II.  Her oldest brother, Michael, was born during the war and her brother Andrew was born in the DP camp in 1946.  Her youngest brother, Matthew was born in France where the family lived for six years before immigrating to the U.S. in 1954. 
Handout for:  Wearing the Letter P
Her growing up years can best be described as straddling the world of her parents, learning the Polish language, with its customs and traditions and the world of becoming American with its popsicles and roller skates and free libraries.
                                          Handout for:  The Ties that Bind
Sophie writes chiefly non-fiction on Poland and Polish interest topics but has done travel writing and contributed to professional nursing journals and texts.  She also lectures on topics of Polish interest and does cooking demonstrations on Polish food.
Sophie has a Masters Degree in Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Buffalo. 
Her website can be found at: http://www.sophieknab.com/
Handouts are made available to the public with the permission of the speaker.
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Seminar Speaker

Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is a family historian with 20 years of experience in researching her family's origins in Poland, Germany, and the U.S. and Canada.  You can find her on Facebook, where she is an administrator for the following groups:  Polish Genealogy, Polish Culture, Food and Traditions, and Genealogy Translations.  She is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State, the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts, the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, and the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  She also enjoys sharing research strategies and resources via genealogy lectures and webinar, which she has given for the PGSMA, PGSNYS, Central Massahusetts Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Ukraninian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey, and the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. 
Julie's article, "The Insider's Guide to Geneteka" (co-authoried with Marciej Adam Markowski) appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of the PGSA journal Rodziny, and she is also the author of a genealogy blog, "From Shepherds and Shoemakers." 
Ms. Szczepankiewicz currently resides in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her husband and children. 
Handouts are made available to the public with the permission of the speaker.
11/09/2017  tk

Welcome to the New Editor!

Veronica (Ronnie) Singleton is the new editor of the PGSM publication News From the Nest, her introductory edition November/December 2017 has been uploaded to the Members Only Section.  You must be logged in to access this secure area.
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The News From the Nest editions are sent out by e-mail as an attachment.  If you use Ad Blockers or your system has sent your email back to us as undeliverable, remember that you can still read the newsletter in the Members Only section
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Family History Center Closing

The Roseville Family History Center (FHC) is being closed effective the 1st of November.  Plans are underway to relocate the equipment and films to Bloomfield Hills FHC.  The Bloomfield Hills Center is open more than the Roseville center was, so patrons will have more flexibility in researching hours, even if their drive may be a little further.
The Bloomfield Hills Family History Center is located at:  37425 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills  MI  48304-3568
Phone:  248-647-5671  If driving long distances it is always best to call ahead.
email:  mi_bloomfieldhills@ldsmail.net
Open Hours:
Tuesday:  11:00 am-4:00pm
Wednesday:  11:00 am-8:30 pm
Thursday:  11:00 am-8:30pm
Friday:  11:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am-2:00 pm
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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.

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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Cyrillic-Latin Conversion

Греетингс,  неед хелп wитх транслатинг соме оф  ыоур анцесторс Руссиан рецордс?
Greetings, need help translating some of your ancestors Russian records.
I know that you all thought that whoever is posting this notice is very good at reading/writing in Russian,  not true,  I just put in the sentence above that starts with "Greetings..."  than converted it to Cyrllic. Check out Lexilogos: Words and Wonders of the World website.  On this site you can enter your text in the Cyrillic alphabet than have it converted to Latin or if your just curious about how a sentence will look in Cyrillic, you can try that too. Not to worry, Latin just means the "English" alphabet that we use today.
Don't let the Cyrillic alphabet stop you from finding  out all you can about your ancestors.  Click the link below to go directly to Lexilogos.
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Polish American Heritage Month

Polish American Heritage Month is celebrated in October by Polish American communities and has become an annual event. . It was first celebrated in 1981 after organization by Michael Blichasz, President of the Polish American Cultural Center in Philadelphia. Originally it was celebrated in August at various gatherings, travel events, and culturally-significant locations in Pennsylvania. The Polish American Cultural Center and the Polish American Congress lobbied politicians at the state and national level to make August the month for Polish heritage. In 1984, House Joint Resolution 577 passed, making August Polish American Heritage Month. President Ronald Reagan urged all Americans to join in the celebration honoring Polish heritage in the United States. The month was changed to October in 1986 to aid participating schools in organization during the school year, and October holds significance as the month when the first Polish settlers came to Jamestown, Virginia.
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Tools for Breaking Down that Brickwall

Have you reached a brick wall in your genealogy research? Do you need a little help locating an ancestor or record? Sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes or a different approach at researching to start to crack that brick wall or set you on the path to finding your relative!
Maybe a PGSM volunteer researcher can help! We cannot promise we will find the person or records you seek, but we will do our best to help.
To request assistance:  Click on Research Request in the left column, then complete and submit the form. Your request will be assigned to a volunteer researcher. If needed, the researcher will contact you for more information while researching your request.. Otherwise, we will get back with you as soon as we can with the results of our research efforts.
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The Wait is Over
Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz and Sophie Hodorowicz Knab speakers at the October Seminar have allowed the PGSM to post their seminar handout on the website. Handouts available.

Dziękuję Awards

Participants of the Hamtramck Transcription Project honored at the September 16th PGSM meeting with a total of 2,142 volunteer hours. The Project is now completed with the transcribed database to be located in the Members Only section in the near future.

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