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


October 2015 Meeting


The fascinating presentation and the wonderful audience questions and discussion during the March presentation on the subject of Polish folk dances and the regional costumes of Poland, resulted in insufficient time to cover large areas of Poland.  Edziu Rajtar, as promised, will return to complete his presentation.

Edziu is an expert and beloved leading figure in the Twin Cities community for several decades in preserving and promoting our Polish culture.  He has been the Artistic Director and choreographer for the Dolina Polish Folk Dancers and other groups since he danced with the University of Minnesota International Folk Dancers.  He joined Dolina, first as a dancer, in 1976.  Besides leading Dolina, he has been a guest instructor for many international and ethnic dance troupes.

Edziu has led other Polish cultural groups as well, and currently serves as co-chair of the Twin Cities Polish Festival, of which he is a founding member. The Twin Cities Polish Festival has grown to become one of the largest and most successful cultural festivals in the Midwest.


In 2012, the Poland government awarded Edziu the “Silver Cross of Merit” for exemplary public service and humanitarian work that goes above and beyond in promoting Poland.  We are very fortunate to have Edziu back.


Saturday October 10, 2015

10:00 am – Noon

MGS, 4th Floor Board Room

1185 No. Concord Street

South St. Paul, MN 55075 


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


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.