About Us


(pronounced Vi ta me)


Welcome to the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota


For over 20 years, the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota (PGS-MN) has been assisting Polish-Americans with roots in Minnesota explore the great and growing hobby of genealogy.  Whether your relatives came from the “iron range” or the north shore, the farm communities of the west, the southern Mississippi river bluff country, or the urban parishes of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we have people and resources to help you search for those connections – here and in Poland.

Please explore our website.  You will find information on upcoming meetings, special events, membership information, back issues of our newsletter containing local research information, and links to other Polish genealogical resources. Directions are included to the research library (located in So. St. Paul, MN) and also included is a current catalog of our book and map holdings – you can browse the list prior to your visit, and much more.  Additionally included is a membership form and contact links for those questions you need assistance with.  Please enjoy, and check out the other pages on our updated website!


Tell us about your research or other relevant Polish genealogical information – articles are desired for the PGS-MN Newsletter


TCPF 2014 Webpost - Volunteer 2     Twin Cities Polish Festival August 7-9, 2015

Volunteers needed for the Twin Cities Polish Festival, August 7-9, 2015

Once again PGS-MN is participating in the 2015 Twin Cities Polish Festival and volunteers are needed to assist at our tent.

It will be held at Main Street St Anthony Mn  Friday, Saturday, Sunday  Aug 7th, 8th 9th.  PGS-MN will be setting up our tent on Friday Aug 7th.  We are excited to announce that PGS-MN  will once again have a time slot on the Cultural stage both Saturday and Sunday.

The PGS-MN Tent will again feature the biggest attraction: The Baptismal and Marriage Indexes from 5 local Minneapolis and St Paul Polish Churches. Also included is the White Eagle Insurance book , both put together by PGS-MN member John Rys.

Also featured will be the second biggest attraction: The Ten Volume Polish Surname Index books – an index of Polish Surnames from the 1990’s in present day Poland.

WE NEED YOU !!  Calling all PGS-MN Volunteers !

Would you like to spend 2,3 or 4 hours networking with genealogy-minded people? Or how about just helping people find their surnames in the indexes. Or Better yet, telling them your story about researching your family.

We are still looking for Volunteers for Saturday and Sunday, Aug 8-9, that would like to help make PGS-MN presence known.

Contact  Dori Marszalek    dorim@comcast.net  or 763-535-2296


Notice of Admission cost

PGS-MN endeavors to maintain the high calibre of speakers, and the PGS-MN Board has created a supporting program fund to sustain this programming. This fund will be used to defray meeting costs that are incurred and have the ability to deliver desired speakers and information to our members.   Funding support will be obtained through an admission fee to the PGS-MN meetings. (Meetings are scheduled monthly, September through May).  Beginning with the 19 September 2015, members of PGS-MN will be asked for $2 to attend a meeting; non-members will be asked for $5. Additional donations specific to this fund are encouraged and can be made at any time.Thank you for your support in helping to sustain our speaker program. It is greatly appreciated.


August Meeting

William Graczyk, Salt Lake City Genealogist will present on “Discovering Family” using the LDS Library and working with the “Poznan Project” Resources. 

The family history records at the Latter Day Saints Library in Salt Lake City, Utah are the best in the world.  William Graczyk, a genealogist who has worked with those records on a daily basis for many years, will be presenting at a special session to be held in the Twin Cities in August.

He will present a progression of his Polish ancestry search and the resources he personally used to trace his family history.  He will include a section on his recent trip with Lukasz Bielecki in Poland, including maps and places to find them.  Lukasz is the founder of the project in Poland called the “Poznan Project” which currently has recorded more than one million marriage records from 1800 to 1899.  William will also include a section on the wide range of resources available at the Salt Lake City facilities.

There is no attendance fee and the lecture is open to all researching their ancestry.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

9:00 AM – 11:00 Am

4th Floor Board Room, MGS Building

1185 Concord St. South St. Paul

Please note the 9:00 AM start time.


September Meeting

(please note admission costs – see above)

A Genealogist Focus on Jewish Heritage

presented by Susan Weinberg

In 2011 Susan Weinberg, an artist and genealogist, began the Jewish Identity and Legacy Project, which spanned several years.   This project represents three strands of Jewish immigration that make up the Twin Cities Jewish community; those who grew up in early immigrant communities, survivors who came over after the war, and immigrants from the former Soviet Union bloc countries who came in the latter part of the 20th century.  Susan distilled the stories into video, artwork and text – creating a snapshot of a community composed of multiple threads united by a common root, but with distinct differences based on when they came to America.  

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

10:00 AM – Noon

MGS Building, 4th Floor Conference Room

1185 Concord St. So. St. Paul


Please note the September 19th date due to the holiday weekend in September!


If you wish to become a member of the PGS-MN, please print out and fill in this Membership Application and send it with your dues to:

PGS-MN Membership
C/O Michael Eckman, Treasurer
7222 Oak Pointe Curve
Bloomington, MN  55438-3405