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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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The Polish Genealogical Society of America  www.PGSA.org 

 
PGSA is offering a webinar on May 20, 12:00 – 2:00 –  Cost is $25 

MAY 20, 2017 – WEBINAR ONLY- SPEAKER TADEUSZ PILAT

Speaker – Tadeusz Pilat – 90 minute presentation with 1/2 hour Q & A

Topics – (1) “Notary Records in Poland (With Emphasis on the Notary Records of the 19th Century)”and; (2) “Galician Maps in Poland: A Great Source for Family Research”

Topics – (1) Notaries were obligated to record: last wills (testaments), inheritances, deeds, cessions, sales and purchases of all kind, premarital contracts, etc. This data cannot be found in any kind of parish registers, metrical books, or civil registers; and (2) Maps that are a product of Land Surveys (also known as Cadaster) are a great source for genealogical research. Handmade 19th century maps in all partitions (Russia, Galicia, and Prussia) contain details which also cannot be found in any of the church records

Bio – Tadeusz (Teddy) was born in Silesia, Poland. He currently resides in Poland and Germany. He pursued Library studies at the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland, focusing on the history of books and old documents. He specialized in “Supralibros” in Private Collections of the 16th to 18th centuries. In 1999, he was granted the degree of Master of Library and Information Science. Tadeusz is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in Polish research, including all partitions of the former Commonwealth of Poland.

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The Downtown Minneapolis (MN) Library

 

invites those that have an interest in Genealogy and local history to two special history programs at the Minneapolis Central Library.  Find out more about daily life in days gone by as your ancestors encountered the trials and triumphs of evolving medical treatments.

A HISTORY OF CARING: CHANGING MEDICINE IN HENNEPIN COUNTY.  April 29, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Doty Board Room N-280 at the Minneapolis Central Library. 

Join retired nurse and HCMC museum docent, Carol Oeltjenbruns, on a journey through medical history in Hennepin County. Reverend Knickerbocker’s Cottage Hospital was established in 1881 when Minneapolis had unpaved streets, untreated drinking water, and was the milling capital of the world. The history continues with major advances in medicine to the present day, with innovations such as kidney transplants and Hyperbaric Medicine. An exhibit from HCMC is available for viewing in Cargill Hall after the presentation.

PRACTICING 19th CENTURY MEDICINE: DR. ABIGALE BISBEE BENSON on   May 11, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Doty Board Room N-280 at theMinneapolis Central Library.

Dr. Abigail Bisbee Benson, a 19th century medical pioneer expounds on her life and career in our fair state.  Are your humors unbalanced? Dr. Abbie has a cure for you! Come and meet a pioneering woman in medicine who practiced in the wilds of mid-19thcentury Minnesota and Wisconsin, courtesy of Shirleen Hoffman, her second great grand-niece and distinguished genealogist.

Minneapolis Central Library 

300 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN 55401

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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:
          

              http://deklaracja.genealodzy.pl/

 

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.

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 Board of Directors

President – Peggy Larson                                           (term ends 1/2019)

Vice President – position vacant                                 (term ends 1/2019)

Treasurer – Michael Eckman                                       (term ends 1/2018)

Secretary – Vicki Myslajek                                          (term ends 1/2018)

Director – Mary Johnson                                             (term ends 1/2019)

Director – Dori Marszalek                                            (term ends 1/2018)

Director – Richard Theissen                                         (term ends 1/2019)

Director – Marie Przynski                                             (term ends 1/2018)

Past President – Jay Biedny  

 

Committees

Library – Bob Kraska

Membership – Dori Marszalek & Mary Johnson

Newsletter/Website – Marie Przynski

Programs/Publicity – vacant

Research – John Rys, Greg Kishel

Annual Meeting – Richard Theissen

 

 

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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