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The Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota (PGS-MN) assists Polish-Americans with roots in Minnesota to explore the great and growing hobby of genealogy, providing 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. Please enjoy, and check out the other pages on our updated website!


  2017 PGS-MN Achievement Awards Recipients


Member of PGS-MN since 2002
President of PGS-MN for 2015-present
Board Member since 2011
Editor of PGS-MN Newsletter from 2011-2015
PGS-MN Website Developer 2013-2016

Peggy Larson answered the call for a new PGS-MN newsletter editor when John Knowles became ill in 2011. Under the circumstances, it was baptism by fire. As the PGS-MN Newsletter editor she produced high quality issues even when the content coming in might have been thin. Among her contributions to our PGS-MN Newsletter Peggy wrote a timely book review relating to Poland and WWI.

Additionally, she was instrumental in moving the committee forward and doing
much of the early website input herself before handing responsibilities
over to Marie Przynski.

When she is not helping PGS-MN, she is teaching beginner genealogy classes through the MGS.

Peggy has stepped forward in 2015 and accepted the responsibilities of president and and its future direction. Peggy has taken strides in the documentation of duties of the various office and committee responsibilities.  A key component of being preisdent includes the liaison responsibilities with the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Board.

Member of PGS-MN since 2010
Board Member since 2013
Editor of PGS-MN Newsletter from 2015
PGS-MN Website Developer 2016

Marie’s arrival on the scene with the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota has been characterized by a flurry of project activity and she has embraced these projects with enthusiasm and drive.  Her contributions to the PGS-MN board have been numerous.

The reformatting of the PGS-MN Newsletter by Marie was a major undertaking. This was accomplished in part because of her knowledge of various aspects of the printing business as it relates to our PGS-MN Newsletter. In her dealings with these printing vendors she has been able to get better pricing for our printing while producing a high quality newsletter. She published an article on Polish Genealogy and the internet.  

Marie’s numerous computer and internet/website skills have contributed to the maintenance and updating of our PGS-MN website. Marie actively maintains and updates the website in her role as webmaster.

Marie is actively involved with other Polish organizations and maintains valuable contacts for sharing and cooperation between Polish cultural and genealogy organizations. Marie is specifically active with PACIM – The Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota and the Columbia Heights/Lomianki, Poland “Sister Cities” organization.



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


Next Newsletter deadline is 03/15/2018 – tell us your story. 




Board of Directors

President – Peggy Larson                                           (term ends 1/2019)

Vice President – Paula Colwell                                    (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  



Library – Bob Kraska

Membership – Dori Marszalek & Mary Johnson

Newsletter/Website – Marie Przynski

Programs/Publicity – vacant

Research – John Rys, Greg Kishel

Annual Meeting – Richard Theissen







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