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!


 Even though summer is quickly passing, there are several educational classes in a variety of genealogy venues available for you.

September 3rd will be the PGSMN first meeting date in the fall schedule with PGSMN Librarian Bob Kraska highlighting various items in the Ellis Island Database, as well as several other Polish Genealogical databases – what information do they offer and how to successfully navigate them.

Check back for the October 1st meeting – check back soon – instructors, topics and plans being finalized.

Other organizations, the Minnesota Historical Society (www.mnhs.org) is hosting “Using DNA, Using Vital Records, Genealogy 101, Using Military Records, and “I’m New Here” – Intro to using MHS Library (check their webpage for further information), the Minnesota Genealogical Society of Minnesota (www.mngs.org), the Hennepin County Library system (http://www.hclib.org/) are also hosting a number of classes, and PGSMN has listed them on the PGSMN web calendar for your convenience.


 7 Ways to Use the Cloud for Your Genealogy Research

MGS Webinar – Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 – 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm  –  free

Presentation will include explanations of what the cloud can do for you and ways to protect your privacy.  Presenter will share the 7 ways that you can use the cloud to make your personal research more effective and easier to share with other generations of your family. We will discuss what the cloud is, and cloud tools to share photos, files, notes, trees, audio, video, and stories.

The instructor is Jennifer Alford, a Professional Engineer and genealogy professional. Her business, Jenealogy, provides education and publishing for a variety of societies. She is editor of the Indiana Genealogical Society newsletter and associate editor of the Federation of Genealogical Society’s FORUM. Her pride and joy is The In-Depth Genealogist’s magazine, Going In-Depth. register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/157814375008134145
DNA Side of Genealogy
Saturday, September 17 –  10:00 am to 12:00 pm
MGS Classroom, cost $30

Have you taken a DNA test yet?  DNA, the new tool in genealogical research, has the potential for unlocking family mysteries and understanding both the broad reach of our ancestry and who our closest relatives were.   This is particularly true for breaking down some brick walls when written records are sparse. This session focuses on the three major types of genetic testing, what they can tell us about our ancestors and, most importantly, how to use them to solve genealogical problems.

The instructor is Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG, a full-time core faculty at Walden University, mentoring doctoral students in Education. She is editor of, among others, Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources (Provo, UT:  Ancestry, 1989/2004), and has several decades of research experience and teaching in family history.

North Star Genealogy Conference
September 30-October 1
  • Michael Lacopo
  • Blaine Bettinger
  • Top genealogy speakers from five states
Early Bird Registration Discount ends August 23
Find registration and program information
Or go directly to registration

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

Next Newsletter deadline is 09/15/2016 – tell your story.


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