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!


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PGS-MN Monthly Meeting

Saturday, 7 April 2018 at 10am

Mississippi Meeting Room

Minnesota Genealogical Center

1385 Mendota Heights Rd

Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Addressing one of the hottest topics in family research today, DNA for Genealogists, covers basic DNA concepts in an easy to understand manor.  This presentation includes descriptions of the three primary DNA tests currently used by genealogists: Y-chromosome, mitochondrial and 1-22 autosomes.  The presentation describes how DNA tests are taken and sequenced into numeric values.  It will also include sample DNA certificates as well as how DNA testing companies perform the test and present the DNA data on their web sites.  This hour-long presentation will be following by time for questions from the attendees. 

A fascinating presentation by John L. Rys 
John is a 3M retiree and lifelong genealogist.  His family roots are in the Carpathian Mountains of southern Poland where he and wife, Judy, have searched for church records in ancestral mountain villages.  John has degrees in Chemistry, Information Science and Law. During the past twelve years, his DNA has been tested ten times for different genealogy purposes. John is member of both the Polish Genealogical Society of American and Minnesota as well as the Minnesota Genealogical Society. 
He has published over 25 genealogy-related articles in Rodziny, Journal of PGSA, the PGS-MN Newsletter, and Minnesota Genealogist.

NOTE THE NEW LOCATION: Just a mile north of Highway 494 off the Pilot Knob Road exit.

Everyone is invited!  Bring a friend. The small fee ($2 PGSmn Members; $5 nonmembers) helps support our ongoing genealogical speakers series.



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

Next Newsletter deadline is 06/15/2018 – tell us your story. 



For interesting Research Tips – click on the Tips tab above 

2018 Library hours


PGSMN librarian (very knowledgeable about the Polish resources) is available at the MGS library on the

1st Saturday of the month from 12:00 – 4:00 pm
 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:00 – 8:00 pm 


Library Tip – check out the “volunteer calendar” located on the library page of MGS website – Polish Librarian Bob Kraska spends several other days at the library and is available for assistance.

Please note the MGS Library is open at other times also (see below).  

The library will be closed if the Twin Cities metro area is under a Winter Storm Warning or a particularly dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch.  

Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm

 Thursday 10 am – 8 pm 

 Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Please note the library is closed if volunteers are not available.  Please call ahead, or you can check the MGS volunteer calendar at www.mngs.org



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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