Meetings and Events



Each of the Society’s monthly meetings are open to the public and are held at 7 pm on the second Thursday of each month* in the cafeteria of Villa Maria College.  The College is located at 240 Pine Ridge Road in Cheektowaga NY.

* There are two months when traditional meetings are not held: in July for our summer picnic, and December when the Society hosts a Christmas party.

July  12, 2018 – no meeting scheduled

August 9, 2018 – monthly meeting at Villa Maria College

  • Research night.

September 13, 2018 – monthly meeting at Villa Maria College

  • Research night.

October 11, 2018 – monthly meeting at Villa Maria College

  •  Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz presents on Finding her Uncle Frank
  • 2019 Officer nominations.

November 8, 2018 – monthly meeting at Villa Maria College

  • Research night.
  • 2019 Officer elections.
  • December  2018 – member and guest Christmas party. By invitation only.

Polonia & Community Events

July 20-22 ,2018 – 40th Annual Polish-American Arts Festival. PGSNYS will be present:

Friday 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 1 pm to 8 pm
Sunday 1 pm to 8 pm

September 8, 2018 – PGSNYS 10th Annual Genealogy Fair. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

St. Gabriel’s RC Church Hall
5271 Clinton St., Elma, NY

Genealogy 101 – Rhonda Hoffman with help you Jump-start your genealogy with this introduction to family history research. You will learn basic genealogy concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of the genealogy resources available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System. ​

Rhonda Hoffman (formerly Konig) has been a genealogy librarian for 16 years and currently serves as the Genealogy Specialist for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.  She has a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY Geneseo.  Rhonda has been researching her own genealogy for nearly two decades and previously owned a part-time genealogy research business.  Rhonda enjoys sharing her genealogical knowledge through lecturing, assisting researchers, and through her work as the editor of the Western New York Genealogical Society’s JOURNAL.

October 20, 2018 – LDS Annual Family History Seminar.

Afternoon session: “Polish Genealogy”

Polish Happy Hours



Check here for a list of Polish Happy Hour Events.

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