Genealogy Research Room
Your PGSMA has a hidden gem located on the second floor of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning at 33 South Street in Chicopee. Our staff of volunteer docents is available for one-on-one counseling and assistance on Thursday afternoons of each week from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You do not need an appointment but can contact us by email at PGSMALibrary@outlook.com if you’d like to give us advance information of your visit.
We can provide you with guidance on how to get started doing genealogical research into your family history. We also can help direct you to data sources through our collection of proven genealogy websites as well as our library of instructional books, family histories, church anniversary booklets, maps and gazetteers.
Also included in our collection are the Research Bulletins of the Polish Genealogy Societies of America, California, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, and Texas (and of course, our own Biuletyn Korzenie). These contain nearly every bulletin ever issued by these groups since their inceptions and hold a treasure trove of information about the history and culture of Poland along with genealogy tips, and hundreds of village descriptions from the Slownik Geograficzny of the 1890’s translated to English.
These have been lovingly collected and tended by various members over the years and now include a wonderful assortment of tools helpful to members researching their family histories and/or interested in learning about Polish, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, and general Eastern European history as well as the Polish Diaspora.
Our “Ancestral Villages” Project is on full display with large-scale maps of Poland containing pins that identify the villages of our Polish ancestors and we invite you to come, add your ancestral information to our project database and place pins on the maps commemorating your heritage.
We are also able to offer translation assistance of short family documents from Polish or Russian, and we invite you to bring these in for help with your research. We are technologically up to date with high-speed internet access of our favorite genealogy databases as well as a printer/scanner for capturing your search results.
We are a lending library for members of the Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts and we invite you to join us on a fine Thursday afternoon to look through our collection to find a book or paper of interest, have a seat and enjoy learning about your ancestral lands. Or, if you’d like, you can check out a book and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.
Our members have been successfully using the materials in the library to help with their family history research for years and we invite you to join us soon to begin your journey of discovery.