About Us

Witamy!  

(pronounced Vi ta me)

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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!

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2015 PGS-MN Outstanding Achievement Award 
The following two individuals have been chosen to receive the 2015 Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award.
The awards will be presented at the PGS-MN Annual Luncheon on January 16, 2016.

JEROME (JAY) BIEDNY
Member of PGS-MN since 2004
President of PGS-MN 2009-2015

During Jay’s six year tenure as president of the PGS-MN he has seen our organization through the following milestones:

In the Golden Valley location, Jay, as a PGS-MN board member helped plan meetings and as Vice President did the planning and executing of all 
meetings, for one-two year term each.
Jay was involved during the moving of the MGS offices and the Polish library materials to the present South St. Paul location.  Promoted the PGS-MN by involvement in starting and maintaining the presence of MGS-MN at the Twin City Polish Festival.  Involved in the revamping of the PGS-MN website.
He has given several genealogy research presentations in the twin cities and out-state.  When needed, he published an edition of the PGS-MN Newsletter.
Promoted the PGS-MN by authoring a column in the local Polish language newspaper.  Because of our expanded presence in the Polish community during his tenure PGS-MN has maintained a vibrant membership.
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JUDY RYS
Member of PGS-MN since 2001
Meeting Hospitality Coordinator since 2007

PGS-MN MEETING HOSPITALITY:  Judy provides hospitality support for meetings by coordinating the activities before the formal PGS-MN meeting 
begins.  She coordinates the welcome table with refreshments for the meeting attendees.  The pleasant surroundings provided by Judy creates a 
warm and inviting atmosphere as the PGS-MN attendees arrive.

ATTENDEES: First impressions are important, especially for first time attendees, and Judy provides this welcoming spirit which she shares with 
members.  When PGS-MN instituted a charge for meetings, Judy ensured that it was collected.  Judy has worked at the PGS-MN tent at the Twin 
Cities Polish Festival and has been a great representative for the organization.
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Tell us about your research or other relevant Polish genealogical information – articles are desired for the PGS-MN Newsletter

Next Newsletter deadline is 03/15/2016

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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

 

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