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Welcome to the new MAGS web site!

The MAGS officers are excited to be able to present a new on-line look for our organization. You will find many new features on this site. The site also provides us a better ability to manage our membership and communicate with our members. We plan to use a session at our next conference and articles in our newsletter to describe the site to you. 
Come to the Fall meeting in Hagerstown where we will devote one session to showing you these new features. Also check Der Kurier newsletters for information about the new website.

Save the Date 2016
Dates and places have been set for both the Spring and Fall 2016 workshops and conferences.
Spring -- April 8 and 9 in Laurel, Maryland
Fall -- October 21 and 22 in York. Pennsylvania

What's New

28 Nov 2015
The December 2015 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
A new Quick Fact Sheet was added for the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe.
16 Nov 2015 Added three new Quick Fact Sheets in the Documents and Reports section under the Members page.
9 Nov 2015
10 new postcards were added to the Image Library.
A new Quick Fact Sheet was added for the Mecklenburgs.
6 Nov 2015
New database records added
The final set of records for the Geissenhainer baptisms were added to the MAGS database. The database now includes all baptisms from 1827 through 1879.

Gift from the Archives

MAGS will periodically display images of interest, including postcards, letterhead, and other historical documents discovered at the National Archives and other locations. Check back frequently to see what's new. In addition, members will have access to a photo gallery and library of images to browse.
This stylized view depicts the tunnel that was constructed under the River Elbe in Hamburg. Pedestrians and horsecart traffic were transported via ramps and an elevator to the lower level where they could travel under the river to the elevator on the other side. This eliminated the need to build a bridge over the river. The tunnel opened on 7 September 1911.

December 5
Holiday Luncheon -A Success Story: Finding a European Village of Origin
James Beidler is scheduled to speak at our 2015 Holiday Luncheon to be held on Saturday, December 5th at Matthew’s 1600 in Catonsville, Maryland. Mr. Beidler is a Pennsylvania native, who specializes in German genealogy as well as research on his home state. He is currently writing Trace Your German Roots Online for Family ...

April 8
*The Holiday Inn is changing its name to the Doubletree Hotel. We are still working with speakers and titles for their presentations. A workshop will be held on Friday at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Fall 2015 Workshop sold out very quickly. Please register as soon as specific information ...

May 22
18th Century Newspapers
What Can Be Found in 18th Century Newspapers Besides Marriages and Deaths. About Robert Barnes Bob Barnes, is a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools.  He has been doing research for over 60 years, and has written numerous books, articles, and book reviews. He is, or has been, active ...

October 21
We are still working with speakers and titles for their presnetations. A workshop will be held on Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Conference will be held on Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. As usual lunch will be served.