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

Next Newsletter deadline is 12/15/2017 – tell us your story. 




Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library  connect with expert genealogists and learn about state, local and library resources; learn to identify clues to your family history; find out how to use and evaluate DNA for family connections, and more. Visit resource tables, attend presentations and learn how to start your family genealogy. Register online –  Additional info about event at http://www.hclib.org/about/news/2017/september/family-history

Sponsored by the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library and presented in collaboration with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Keynote Address – Research strategies and tools for tackling your genealogy brick walls

Workshops – Finding Your Native American Ancestors Online; Social Media and Genealogy; Using GPS. Destination: Confident Research Results; A 3-D View of Immigration: A Historical Perspective on Laws, Immigrant Experience and Genealogy Impact; Close to Home, Studies in familar images; New Genealogical Resources; American Military Records; House Hunting: Researching House and Building History in the Twin Cities; and more.

Also tour Minneapolis Central Library genealogy resources with Minneapolis Central librarians 

Can’t make the Family History Fair? Check out genealogy classes offered at libraries this fall – http://www.hclib.org/programs/genealogy-local-history.



Please note that PGS-MN will be moving along with the MGS to


1385 Mendota Heights Road

Mendota Heights, MN  55120


PGS-MN will move on 11/1/17

Please note November’s meeting will be held on 11/18/17 at the Dakota County Wescott Library.


November 18th Meeting

12:00 – 02:00 pm
Dakota County Wescott Library
1340 Wescott Road
Eagan, MN 


Please note change of date, time and location for November Meeting

PGS-MN Member Allan Woitaszewski will share a military family history story.  The story describes Allan’s efforts to find out about his great uncle Martin Roy who was killed in 1918 in Europe fighting in WWI but his body wasn’t returned to the U.S. until 1921.  Truly an interesting military story.  


Save the date 

PGS-MN Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 13, 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Gasthof Zur Gemutlickeit
2300 University Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 


Agenda – a great lunch, with business meeting to follow – Elections, business reports, and bylaw updates (defining operations of the organization and position description updates).





Searchable Online Database of your Polish Ancestors.
Maybe you will be able to find the signatures of your Polish grandparents or great grandparents there? For a version with a search function follow this link:



Explanation: tom’ means the volume, ‘strona’ – page, ‘pokaż’- show, and the words above- ‘wyszukaj’- search and ‘dokładnie’next to the tick is search exact combination of letters, precise spelling.

Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States is a presentation of the first 13 manuscript volumes of a larger collection of 111 volumes compiled in Poland in 1926 and delivered to President Calvin Coolidge at the White House to honor the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The collection includes the greetings and signatures of national, provincial, and local government officials, representatives of religious, social, business, academic, and military institutions, and approximately 5.5 M school children.



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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