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 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!


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. 




Please note that PGS-MN HAS MOVED along with MGS to


1385 Mendota Heights Road

Mendota Heights, MN  55120





Please note that November’s Meeting is

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).



Polish Genealogy Tip

Lack of familiarity with the Polish language is a common problem for English-speakers researching their Polish roots. If you’re not ready to invest in a more comprehensive translation guide (e.g. Hoffman and Shea’s “In Their Words” series of genealogical translation guides), you can get some basic assistance with Polish translations from Family Search’s Polish genealogical word list. In addition to common words and phrases used in Polish vital records, there are specific sections dedicated to dealing with numbers (both cardinal and ordinal), dates and time.  Several downloadable files to assist you also on page.


(Tip provided by Polish Genealogy Facebook page)




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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