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Memoirs of a Peasant

From Serfdom to the Present Day

Written by Jan Słomka, Translated by William F. Hoffman

Published in Poland in 1929, this memoir was written by a peasant who served for years as the administrator of his Galician village. Słomka (1842-1932) paints a graphic picture of every aspect of life – from what villagers ate to how they dressed, from their role as little more than draft animals to developing a social awareness, and living through WWI. As an eyewitness to history he saw his village people move from subservience under Austro-Hungarian rule to living in a free Poland.

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PGSA Membership Benefits Include:

  • Quarterly journal “Rodziny” with articles specific to Polish genealogy.
  • An automatic 10% member’s discount on all books and CDs.
  • A member’s discount on library research orders.
  • A member’s discount to the nationally recognized annual PGSA conference.
  • Access to the Members-Only section of the PGSA web site.
  • You’ll also be supporting PGSA projects such as indexing and preservation of vital records.

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Date  Sunday, May 16, 2021, 2-4 pm Central

Topic Summary: Explore the 1000 years of Jewish history in Poland and its impact on Polish culture through an overview visit to the museum, plus learn about the various archives it contains and the research services it provides.  Opened in 2013, the Polin Museum is among the top three experiences in Warsaw.

Guest Speakers: Polin Museum Curators


  • MEMBERS: To obtain the member benefit of free attendance you must login before registration.
  • NON-MEMBERS: There is a non-members charge of $10.

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Search Records

We’ve completed the first 3 phases of the launch of our new search engine and we now have a total of 33 databases available online. Work is now underway on the fourth and final phase of this launch and it consists of migrating the databases located within the Locations/Maps/Towns and Book Review categories to the new search engine.

The new search engine uses an all-inclusive search form to search and display user-requested database records. Although the search form “looks” different, it was designed to “function exactly as it did previously” on our old website. To help you get started, we’ve prepared a “How to Use the New Search Engine” document.

We designed the search engine to be intuitive, accurate and efficient, but if you experience any issues please give us your feedback and let us know what we can do to improve the search process. You can send a note to [email protected].

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