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PGS­CA Meetings 2018

All meetings are held at
LDS Family History Center
10741 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

PGS-CA General Membership Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m.
followed immediately by presentation

Saturday, January 27, 2018

National Archives Military Records
St. Louis, Missouri

A year and a half ago, presenter Christine Elia visited the National Archives in St. Louis where military records are stored. Christine will share what they hold and don't hold as far as military records, and how you can obtain records for your ancestor. Then she will show a variety of records that she found there while researching about a dozen servicemen/women.

A Short Summary of the History of the
Polish National Catholic Church

The second presentation will be a short summary of the history of the Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) based on a conversation with Carolyn Dickson, the archivist of the PNCC in Manchester, NH. This will be followed by a group discussion by all present of where their immigrant ancestors FIRST lived in America, what kind of work they were able to obtain as newcomers, and any other stories about the early immigrant experience that members wish to share.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Report from RootsTech

Once again, Gregg brings back from RootsTech 2018 genealogical hints, tips, tricks, and new information from genealogical experts from around the world. RootsTech is one of the largest genealogical conferences in the world, bringing in speakers and experts in all areas. This session will be a hand-on session in the computer lab, as Gregg likes to give attendees some time to “play” with new websites, and often brings in new apps to show that can help with your genealogical research.


Gregg Legutki

Saturday, May 26, 2018

WWI and WWII Draft Cards

The WWI draft registration records talk covers a short history of WWI and U.S. involvement. A timeline of the history and registration is illustrated. The three individual registrations are described. The content of the records for each of the registrations is explained. The WWII Draft Registration Records have recently become available.

A short history of the Selective Service Act and what the records contain will be explained. The Individual Registrations will be described, including the content of the records for each.

Why these records are important to genealogists, and how to access these records will be shown.


Paul Lipinski

Paul has been a researcher for more than thirty years and has traced most of his ancestral lines to the 1700s. As a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of California (PGS­CA), he has served as President, Vice-President and Editor of the quarterly publication, the Bulletin. He has written articles and was a volunteer-consultant at the Los Angeles Family History Library where he taught classes and assisted people in their research. He has organized and chaired conferences; he has received awards for his contributions to the field of Polish-American Genealogy. He has spoken to many genealogical societies and at conferences.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

PGS-CA Annual Brickwall Smashdown

Each year. PGS-CA invites our members, novice or veterans, to bring their brick wall problems to the group and solicit ideas for breaking through their brick walls. With the combined expertise of our membership, some brick walls can “come a tumblin’ down.”

Even if you have presented a brick wall problem in the past, someone in the group may have a new idea to provide possible assistance!

Members who wish to bring their brick walls to the group must contact Annette Gathright, our Programs Chair (, to get on the list and an assigned time. You will also receive information on what you’ll need to come prepared with.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Celebrating our Polish Heritage
3rd Annual Polish Potluck and
Member Sharing

PGS-CA 3rd Annual Polish Heritage Potluck!
Since 1981, October has been designated as Polish American Heritage Month.
What better way to celebrate our Polish Heritage with a potluck lunch at our September meeting?

On September 23, 2017, the Polish Genealogical Society of California will celebrate our Polish Heritage with a meeting designed around our Polish Heritage. The focus of the September meeting will be “Our Polish Treasures.”

Pictures from the 2018 3rd Annual PHPL

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Online Databases and Indexes for Polish Genealogical Research

A past speaker lectured on online/digitized metrical record databases available at Polish State Archives. This lecture will provide information primarily on indexes generated for these records currently in progress by genealogical societies in Poland. A summary of the archive online information will also be provided. The lecture is based on an image of Poland found on the Lost Shoebox that summarizes research resources for each province.


Annette Gathright, Vice President, PGSCA

Annette Gathright has been actively pursuing family genealogy for over 30 years. Polish and Czechoslovakian research has been her primary emphasis. The Polish research includes both the Russian and German/Prussian partitions - specifically Kujavy area, West Prussia, Weilkopolska, Mazowia, and Podlaski. Research in the Czechlands includes West Bohemia, East Bohemia, Central Bohemia and Moravia. Adjunct research includes France and Croatia. She is a charter member of PGSCA, with membership in PGSCNNE, CGSI, CAGSI, and CAGC. She has spoken at several FEEFHS Conferences, GCSI Symposiums, PGSCA, and CAGC. She is also currently President of CAGC-CA - is the Czechoslovak Genealogy Group of California.