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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.

What's New

18 Nov 2016 MAGS dues have increased for 2017. If you choose to continue receiving Der Kurier by mail, your dues will increase by $5. If you would like to receive Der Kurier by email, your dues will remain the same. Please make your selection on the new membership form when you renew.
1 Nov 2016

The Maryland Genealogical Society would like to pass along important news regarding an upcoming temporary closure of the searchrooms at the Maryland State Archives. Below is the text of the message from the MSA web site. 
Pardon our dust! Beginning November 21st, the Search Room will close as part of maintenance repairs to the building, with reopening tentatively scheduled for early January. Consequently, during that period, Maryland State Archives staff will offer limited in-person service Tuesdays through Fridays in our lobby only. Guests requiring documents for legal or emergency purposes will be prioritized for the duration of the repair period. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee staff availability to assist with genealogical or scholarly research during this time and we strongly advise that you delay your visit until after the repair period.
Though we will be able to provide limited walk-in services from November 21, 2016 - January 6, 2017, the Archives will be closed to all visitors from January 9 - January 13, 2017 as final repairs are completed. This schedule is subject to change, and we will do our best to notify the public of any adjustments to the schedule, or limitations to the services we are able to provide, as soon as possible.
As always, our staff will fulfill orders by email at, by phone at 410-260-6487, by fax at 410-974-2525, and by mail to 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD. Please note that maintenance in the stacks and in the Search Room may impact access to records, and potentially increase our turnaround times.
Thank you for your patience during this time as we work to enhance the customer experience for the future and maintain the best environment for Maryland's priceless permanent records.

22 Oct 2016 Speaker handouts from our Fall Conference are now available on the Members tab under Documents and Reports -> Meeting Handouts.
20 Oct 2016 The membership report for October 2016 has been posted on the Members tab under Documents and Reports.
13 Oct 2016 The treasurer's report for FY16 has been posted on the Members tab under Documents and Reports.
3 Sep 2016 The September 2016 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
28 Aug 2016 MAGS is proud that its Second Vice President and Webmaster Carol Carman is representing MAGS at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference.  FGS  currently being held in Indianapolis.           
27 Aug 2016 We are sad to announce that Corinne P. Earnest passed away on May 26, 2016. You will remember her from selling her books at the MAGS conferences. Look for an appreciation of her life and work in the September 2016 issue of Der Kurier.
23 Aug 2016
A list of translators has been added under German Research -> Other Sources -> Translation. Click here to go directly to that page.
17 Aug 2016 The minutes of the MAGS board meeting on 30 July 2016 have been posted here.
5 May 2016 The new Published Pension Appeals database has been added to the site, with nearly 5000 new names. Additional records from Frankfort were added to the Consular Estates database.
20 Mar 2016
New German Genealogy Website Offers Digitized Church Records
In this guest blog post, author James M. Beidler tells you about a new German website that offers digitized, browsable Protestant church books. See more information about German research in Jim's new book Trace Your German Roots Online.

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.
Mannheim Jesuit Church

To take into account the current requirements of the liturgy the high altar was reconstructed and the choir redesigned. Klaus Ringwald created an altar of silver and bronze, with a new design of the sanctuary and four very large candlesticks. In the new marble floor of the nave a memorial plate with the names of the Jesuits buried in the crypt together with the name of the longtime rector and the Mannheim honorary citizen Fr. Joseph Bauer.

May 10
2017 National Genealogical Society Conference
Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records, and repositories; land grants, and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within ...

July 28
International Germanic Genealogy Conference
This is the first effort of the German-American Genealogical Partnership, a relatively new cooperative group of societies dedicated to German genealogy research. The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society is a member of the partnership.