About Us

 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 Mendota Heights, 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!


Did you know – 

Provided by the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State

1913 Legal to send children by mail

In 1913 it was legal to mail children. With stamps attached to their clothing, children rode trains to their destinations, accompanied by letter carriers. One newspaper reported it cost fifty-three cents for parents to mail their daughter to her grandparents for a family visit. As news stories and photos popped up around the country, it didn’t take long to get a law on the books making it illegal to send children through the mail.



Come one come all!
As the chair of the Nominations Committee and I need your help.  No, really, keep reading… 
We are starting early this year looking for interested members who want to take new leadership roles in the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota.  The organization is well staffed, well funded and in excellent shape for a small, niche nonprofit.  We are one of only six or so regional groups of our kind with a focus on Polish American genealogy.  At the annual meeting in January, we will have an opportunity to select Board members in various positions right up to and including the President.  You could be part of that exciting future. With the magic of technology, you need not live in the Twin Cities to be involved.  We have only four required meetings which you could attend electronically if necessary.
If you would like be become an elected remember of the Board, or know of someone else that might but is too shy to come forward them self, please contact me directly so we can discuss your options. Looking forward to meeting you soon.
Jay Biedny, Past President
Nominating Committee Chair
                      You are invited 

The Polish Genealogical Society                                                    of Minnesota

       Annual Meeting
        Saturday January 19, 2019
       Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit 
        2300 University Avenue NE                    Minneapolis, MN 55418
                            11:30 AM – 2:00 PM                                   Luncheon cost $25


Agenda includes: 
     –  Election of Officers

     –  Outstanding Achievement Award

     –  General Announcements

     –  Organizational information

     –  Thankful recognition 

Come and be a vital part of this important meeting.  Also enjoy the renewing of older friendships and making new friends.  Door prizes will be given.    

If attending, please contact Rick Theissen at his e-mail rftheissen@comcast.net or via phone (651-739-1490) to confirm.  Thank you.  



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

Next Newsletter deadline is 03/15/2019 – tell us your story – we want all – big or small.   


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The Polish Genealogical Society encourages participation in our meetings – we offer a variety of Polish genealogical topics and other Polish information for your enjoyment and learning experience.  The meetings are hosted at the Minnesota Genealogical Society facility, 1385 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN.


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 Gary Wolf, Treasurer
P.O. Box 291
Amery, WI 54001-0291


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