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

2017 Polish Eaglet editions have been added to the Members Only Section
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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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New Records at FamilySearch

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

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What's New!

Kartenmeister the comprehensive database of villages/towns is back on line after being temporarily down due to hardware failure according to webmaster Uwe-Karsten Krickhahn. Information from the website:  Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia. It currently lists most towns or points, points being: Mills, some bridges, battlefields, named trees, cenotaphs etc.
If you do not have the current Polish village name this site will be of great help.  A PGSM members family came from a very small village/dorf named Melchertswalde, West Prussia but did not know where it was located.  With the search results the member was able to gather the following information:  German Name, Polish/Russian Name, Kreis/County, German Province, Today's Province, Location, Google Map location, Map Number Location description, Lutheran/Catholic Parish, Standesamt/Civil Registry, Gemeindelexikon/Town Index, Population by Year/Einwohner, and additional remarks. 

Index of Polish Eaglet 1981-2019 has been uploaded to the Public Databases Section.

Check out the Seminar Villages Map-2019, click Public Databases on the left side of the home page.   Over 300 villages submitted by most of the 178 seminar attendees.  Look for information on the 16 Polish Provinces/Voivodeships.  The provinces are listed by number, click the number, the next dialogue box will give you more information.  Click View in Google Maps,  next you will see the outline of that province and some quick facts.

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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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Tip of the Month - December 2019
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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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