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Welcome to the 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.

Spring Workshop and Conference 2017
The Mid Atlantic Repositories
Workshop, March 17, 1:00 - 4:00
Working With the Meyers-Orts Gazetteer
Presented by Debra Hoffman and Gunter Schanzenbacher
Conference, March 18, 8:30 - 4:30
Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives
Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Guide to Government Records at the Maryland State Archives
Michael G. McCormick
A Federal Family Tree
Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Immigration and Naturalization Records at the Maryland State Archives
Michael G. McCormick

What's New

7 Dec 2016 Instructions on how to create umlauts has been added to members only area of the website under German Research -> Language. Also in this section there is now a link to a German script tutorial done by Brigham Young University. New in German Research -> Other Sources -> Bibliography are two additional books of interest for German and Polish research.
4 Dec 2016 The December 2016 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
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.

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.

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.

January 21
"Social Media and Genealogy"
Presenter: Carol Petranek The day of "Lone Ranger Research" is over! Learn how to use an ever-increasing array of technological advances to extend your research networks, solve research problems, meet new "cousins" and collaborate with others.  

February 18
Howard County Genealogical Society Meeting
 Preserving Family Photos, Keepsakes and Documents. presented by Dottie Aleshire Whether you've decided to "downsize" or simply update your old software, your precious family photographs, keepsakes and genealogy records need to be given a second look. They need to be preserved for you and your family in the event ...

March 4
Genealogy-Beyond Bare Bones, Building your Skills
Friends of the Delaware Archives Presents A Free Spring 2017 Genealogy Conference featuring Dr. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA One of America’s most respected genealogical lecturers Topics Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online? Planning Efficient and Effective Research: A Case Study Five Ways to Prove ...

March 17
MAGS Spring Workshop
Working With the Meyers-Orts Gazetteer Presented by Debra Hoffman and Gunter Schanzenbacher The Meyers-Orts und Verhehrs Lexicon des Deutsche Reiches will be examined in detail. The workshop will cover the history of the gazetteer and discuss the fraktur typeface. Hands-on exercises will be provided and discussed to provide the ...

March 18
MAGS Spring Conference
Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG Malissa will give a brief history of BCA – from the earliest days to its current association with the Maryland State Archives – and give an overview of its holdings. She will describe the kind of genealogical information ...