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We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Your PGSA Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs extend their best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the following videos “Polish Christmas and New Years Traditions” produced by the children of a middle school in Poland Traditions and Polish Christmas Meal Traditions from a Polish Travel Agency Traditional Meal

                                         Christmas Gifting!

It's that time of year, when we think of family, sharing and gift giving. Why not consider a gift of a PGSA Membership:
• For yourself - as the start of a new and very personal hobby . . . Genealogy. . . one that allows you to find out more about your family and, in turn, yourself.


• A gift to a family member or friend who has always been curious about his/her family's past.

Membership in the Polish Genealogical Society of America can be the start of a voyage of discovery. With membership one receives our quarterly journal, Rodziny, access to "Member's Only" on the PGSA website, a 10% discount on all media plus our annual conference, and most importantly, can lead to a connection with many others who share the same interest and possibly a family name!

If you are currently a member, why not consider treating yourself or someone who shares your interest with a copy of the newly edited book, "Polish Roots" written by Rosemary Chorzempa. From now until Jan. 31, 2015 the book will come with a "free electronic copy" of the PGSA "Research" packet, both of which provide helpful information for the beginner as well as one more advanced. To join or for more information on the book go to: www.pgsa.org/, Then either go to "Membership" or "Book Store."

                                              Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku !!!

Holiday Special! Polish Roots, 2nd Edition by Rosemary Chorzempa now Available!

Holiday Special! Any order placed from Nov. 1, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015 will receive the holiday special of a "free electronic copy" of the Research packet. ($6 Value)

Polish Roots, 2nd Edition is now available in the on-line bookstore. Since the publication of the original Polish Roots, there have been many advances in Polish genealogy research. The Internet has made the task of locating Polish ancestors much easier, as more information and images are made available online. In addition, there has been a marked rise in interest in genealogy in Poland, resulting in a great increase in the number of Polish genealogical societies available and the amount of helpful information disseminated. This second edition of Polish Roots addresses these exciting developments, with a new Introduction, four brand-new chapters, one completely rewritten chapter, several new maps and charts, and numerous updates scattered throughout the original text.

Price: $24.95, PGSA Members Recieve a 10% discount

What You Missed! November 9,2014 Meeting Webinar!


We wish to thank all of you who joined us Sunday, for Profesor James S. Pula's exciting presention of the heroic exploits of the famed Kosciuszko Squadron and its contributions in Europe during World War II.

First founded by Americans volunteering to fly for Poland during the Russo-Polish War following World War I, the squadron later became a part of the Polish Air Force units guarding Warsaw in 1939. After the fall of Warsaw the squadron was recreated in Great Britain where it was credited with the highest scoring record of any fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain. We have attached a copy of Professor Paula's interesting presentation for those of you unable to join us in person or via on line Webinar.

PGSA Members may view Professor Paula's presentation in "Members Only"

Celebrate Your Polish Heritage - Fall Festivals!

        • Polish Christmas Festival, Sydney, AU - December 7, 2014! - Christmas
        • Slavic Choral Christmas, San Francisco, CA - December 12, 2014! - Slavic
        • Joyous Jubilee of Polish Carols and Dance – Chicago, IL– December 14, 2014! - Carols and Dance

    Compendium of Polish Digital Web Sites!


    Peruse this directory of 46 domestic and international sites presented as PGSA's first step to inform and build awareness in the ability of our members to access Digitized Polish Vital Records via the internet. In addition, we will strive to mobilize our members to volunteer in the effort to transcribe and / or digitize Polish vital records before they fall victim to the ravages of time and are lost forever.


    Genealogy Fridays – Polish Research Help at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

    PGSA board member Steve Szabados is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and he will be available for Polish research questions and help on Friday mornings from 9 AM to 12 PM. Whether you are just starting your research or trying to solve a “brick wall,” Steve should be able to help.

    Be sure to add the Notebook's email address

    Be sure to add the Notebook's email address pgsanotebook@gmail.com to your address book or "safe senders" list as soon as you subscribe to the Notebook so it will be delivered directly to your in box. If you cannot find your monthly issue of the Notebook, be sure to check your "junk mail" or spam box for your email account. If you continue to have difficulty receiving the Notebook, contact your Internet Service Provider about the issue directly

    New Membership — Apply and Pay Online

    For a new PGSA membership, click on the link to complete an online Membership Application and pay online: Online New Member Application

    What's New onThe Website?

    Members Only - Rodziny Electronic Collection - New Additions, Fall 2014

    We have expanded the collection of Rodzinys in our members only area to include issues from 2009 to 2014. As you know the Rodziny is packed with valuable information, translations and "how to" tips for the new or expert researcher. We will continue to expand this collection as new issues become available.

    Polish Immigrants to the Midwest - Migrated to "Members Only"

    Nov 2014 Update 308 new records, 41,010 individual records!

    This database is updated monthly. The user will find German, Pole, Hungarian, Belgian, Greek and Italian families from a number of states traced as near to their European origins as possible. Many good people have taken the time to send me extensions to the many families identified and have corrected my work when necessary. They are all credited for their contributions and I encourage any user to contribute “new families” and / or correct my work as the spirit moves you. New data may be sent to jamespiech@aol.com for entry. Let me know if you want your name and / or email credited in the record.

    Jim Piechorowski PGSA Web Chair

    Jubilee Book Indexes, Nov 2014

    Additional Jubilee book indexes have been uploaded and are now online. We now have over 568,000 individual records from 568 books. We'd like to thank Ken Nowakowski, Jennifer Wellman, Deloris Cieslewicz, Barbara Bieszczat, Mitchelle Kmiec and Karen Johanson for their continued dedication, perseverance and support of our Society by working on these indexes.

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                    • Holy Cross, Baltimore, MD, 1978, 80th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
                    • Holy Trinity, Erie, PA, 1934, Financial Report, Mitchelle Kmiec
                    • Immaculate Conception BVM, Panna Maria, TX, 1944, PRCU Archives, Mitchelle Kmiec
                    • St. Mary of the Angels, Chicago, IL, 1953, Financial Report, Deloris Cieslewicz
                    • St. Mary's School, South River, NJ, 1976, 50th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
                    • St. Michael, Chicago, IL, 1942, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
                    • St. Roman, Chicago, IL, 1939, 10th Jubilee, Barbara Bieszczat
                    • St. Stanislaus B&M, Chicago, IL, 1954, Financial Report, Barbara Bieszczat
                    • St. Stanislaus B&M, Detroit, MI, 1923, Jubilee Book, Deloris Cieslewicz
                    • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1928, Financial Report, Barbara Bieszczat
                    • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1935, Financial Report, Jennifer Wellman
                    • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1952, Financial Report, Deloris Cieslewicz
                    • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL, 1957, Financial Report, Jennifer Wellman
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