Three and a half decades ago, a group of interested Polish family historians from the Detroit area began discussing the possibility of establishing a society dedicated to the needs of the researchers and historians. At the Albert J. Zak Memorial Public Library in Hamtramck an organizational meeting was held on 29 June 1978. From that original meeting the name of the society was chosen (Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan) and a governing board elected.
The Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library supports and sponsors PGSM sponsorship of the society and still to this day, supports the PGSM. Currently the Burton Historical Collection is closed due to flooding.
Although meetings were held following the establishment of the society, it was not until May 1981 that the society published its first “newsletter”, a 12 page publication titled The Eaglet, Volume 1, No. 1. It is now known as The Polish Eaglet, having been changed with the January 1996, Volume 16, No. 1 issue.
Originally, and since the time of its organization, the society decided to meet on the third Saturday of each month, September through June offering programs of interest to the members. Although the society still meets on the third Saturday at various venues, primarily in the southeast Michigan area, it does not hold general membership meetings during the winter months, December, January and February, nor during the summer months of July and August. The Board of Directors, however, will meet as necessary. In addition the society continues to hold annual full day seminars in October.
In 2012, the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan became a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. The fiscal year is June 1 through May 31. (Updated: 08/01/2021)