Purpose & History

The Polish Genealogical Society of New York State (PGSNYS) was founded in September of 1988 by the late Michael Drabik to promote the study of Polish genealogy in the Western New York and Southern Ontario areas and beyond, by providing assistance to members, and preserving and sharing resources of historical significance to Polish family research in New York State. A tribute to Michael Drabik by his family  provides more information about our founder.

The Society became incorporated as a not-for-profit in New York State on May 11, 2015, and exists as a 501(c)(3) Federal tax exempt organization for the following purposes:

  • to provide a Society for persons interested in Polish genealogy, with a primary focus on families with a New York State connection;
  • to encourage and promote interest in Polish genealogical research, history, and culture;
  • to provide educational programs and publications to foster effective genealogical research skills;
  • to provide education on Polish history and culture;
  • to provide assistance to persons researching their family history;
  • to collect, preserve, and share Polish and related genealogical and historical records and materials; and
  • to collaborate with other Polish community organizations in projects and activities that promote interest in Polish genealogical research, history, and culture

Our bylaws can be viewed or downloaded here.

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