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. 




                        Wesołych Świąt


PGSMN member Nancy Gagner and grandaughter celebrating Polish Heritage at an “Around the World” celebration – demonstrating Polish culture and tradition during the season.  What a great way to learn about the past. 




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


Photos from the National Digital Archive in Poland 

Connect with your ancestors and possibly obtain a visual look at their time and culture.  An excellent resource of historic photos from Poland is the  Archiwum Cyfrowe, or National Digital Archive.


You can search for photos of your ancestral villages according to place name using the site’s search form (https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/search/advanced/) which can be translated into English, if you prefer, by using Google Chrome as your browser and right-clicking on the page. Individual photos can be downloaded and used free of charge (with appropriate source attribution), but additional services are also available per the archive’s price list.  See https://audiovis.nac.gov.pl/files/cenniki-compressed.pdf

For additional Research Tips – click on the Tips tab above – 


 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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