Welcome to the website of the Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland. The Society was founded at the first meeting on October 1, 1991 by Edward Mendyka, a Clevelander with a sincere interest to organize other interested persons in discovering their Polish heritage. The organization exists to educate its members and prospective members about their Polish family history as well as assist with tools and techniques to research the same. Focus of this organization is primarily to research Polish heritage. The Cleveland area has a rich history of Polish ethnicity because of the settlement of the Polish immigrants in several Cleveland neighborhoods. Cleveland is a hub of valuable archives found and stored in diocesan, county, state and federal archives. Many of these records are available for in person viewing or on-line. In addition, PGSGC maintains a selection of limited library resources available for research to current members. Some are reference materials and some are for personal honor system take out.
Our meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month, January through June and September through December. No meetings July and August, at St. Mary's Polish National Catholic Hall, 5375 Broadview Road, in Parma, Ohio. They begin at 7:00 pm with the business part of the meeting and then the program which varies from guest speakers to informative and instructive video presentations. Often, our talented and knowledgeable members do presentations on specific topics of their expertise. After adjournment there is plenty of time for continued discussions while enjoying refreshments. Because of the Covid pandemic regulations addressing group gatherings, we are using ZOOM to facilitate our business meetings and presentations.
OUR POLISH ANCESTORS is the multipage newsletter of the Society published quarterly and issued to paid membership. Yearly dues are $24.00 payable to The Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland. A membership application is available on this website.
Any one who is interested in researching their Polish family history is cordially invited to continue to follow us on our Website and Facebook to get more assistance by joining our organization. Whether you are a beginner or have been successful in researching your family tree; there is always much to learn not only on line but from fellow genealogists with the same interest. Take the time to look us over, perhaps we can be another resource for your hobby.