New PGSA Website Launch!!!

We are in the final stages of development of the new PGSA website. In order to test the new membership system as much as possible, you may get some notices from the new site regarding passwords, membership status, or other. These will have reference to a site at , and this should be a signal to you to ignore this message for now, as it is regarding activity on the development site. This Friday we will launch the new version of the website and membership system. This will affect you in a few ways:

1. For security reasons, we cannot transfer usernames and passwords to the new system. Once the new site launches, your username will be your membership email address and your password will need to be reset. You can reset your password by going to the new home page, clicking the Log In link, then using the “Forgot Password” link on the login screen. Use your membership email address as your username, and check your email a few minutes later for the password reset link. If you don’t receive that email within 30 minutes, check your spam folder. Once your password is reset, you’ll be able to login to the new site and receive member discounts once again.

2. In this new version of the membership system, renewal will work a bit differently than it has in the past. We have transitioned all active memberships from the old system to the new. When your currently active membership expires, you will renew by going to the main membership page and signing up for the subscription that best suits you.

3. Please note that this is a new system for everyone, including site administrators. There will inevitably be some issues during the transition and we intend to address them all as quickly as possible. Please be patient with us as we are learning the new system and doing our best to serve you well.

Ultimately this is a more robust and reliable system, and we are excited to bring this to the PGSA membership base. In this new version of the site, we will not immediately have the database searches available, however that improved search functionality (the ability to search all databases through one unified search) will be available in October.

Again, we are excited about this transition and do ask for your patience while we launch the new website and assist you with any issue you may encounter. We will send another note to the membership base when the new system is live with more detailed instructions on how to reset your password and report issues. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

Good Deal! Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings CD

If you are looking for a wealth of information in as small a package as possible, this should interest you. This CD has all the information contained in the 2 print volumes (totaling 1,182 pages).

Volume I – Offers the history of surname development, typical name origins, suffixes, and the relationship of Polish surnames to Hebrew, Czech, German, Russian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian.

Volume II – Has a 50,000 entry index arranged by root names, it offers translations, derivations, and data on the number of Polish citizens bearing each name, and more.

CD: $25 (members $22.50)

Compendium of Polish Digital Web Sites!

Polish-ChurchPeruse 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.

37th Anniversary Conference: Research Before and Beyond the Internet – Saturday, September 26, 2015



Before and Beyond the Internet Conference —

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Explore local entities, including unidentified old photos, to mine the golden nuggets!

2015 PGSA Conference & Bus Tour

Polish Chicago: From Fourth Partition to Suburbia


Dr. Dominic Pacyga, Keynote
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dr. Pacyga was a featured contributor to the 2013 film –

The Fourth Partition
Polish Immigrants at the Dawn of the 20th Century

With their country erased from the map (1795) and partitioned between Russia, Austria, and Germany, around 4,000,000 Poles came to the United States between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. Their relocation is referred to as “the Fourth Partition.”

Dr. Pacyga will take us into the 21st century with their continuing migration.

Register today. Click here.

Book your hotel room here.

Before and Beyond the Internet Conference –

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dust off the box of old mystery photographs to identify them with Ellie Carlson’s expertise based on clothing, furniture, back-drops, and facial recognition.

Where haven’t you looked for brick-wall solutions? Ginger Frere will take you beyond the usual census and military records by seeking out neighborhood communities, local libraries, museums, historical societies, and local governments, in addition to NARA (National Archives and Records Administration).

Travel 4,500+ miles while remaining in your favorite chair! Ola Heska will show you how to obtain vital records from the Polish State Archives and find ancestors in the Polish Genealogical Society-Warsaw database. Bring your laptop/tablet.

Register today. Click here.

Book your hotel room here.

Chicago’s South Side Polonia Bus Tour –

Friday, September 25, 2015

See how our immigrant ancestors help put Chicago on the global stage. Through blood, sweat, and tears, Chicago rose to be “hog butcher of the world,” a dominating center of steel production, and site of the first planned industrial community in the United States. All this and more moved Chicago from small town to world-class city!

We’ll tour, visit, and reminisce sites including St. Adalbert parish, Union Stock Yards, St. Mary of Perpetual Help parish, US Steel South Works, St. Michael the Archangel parish, Pullman Palace Car Company, and more “Historic scenes through mobile means” via luxury coach bus with choice of Panera box lunch, and knowledgeable and exciting tour guides leading the way.

Sorry, sold out

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Be sure to add the Notebook’s email address

Be sure to add the Notebook’s email address [email protected] 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

August 2015 Update 240 new records, 43,096 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 [email protected] for entry. Let me know if you want your name and / or email credited in the record.

Jim Piechorowski PGSA Volunteer