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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.

Fall 2016 Workshop and Conference
October 21st and 22nd
  Wyndham Garden Hotel
York, Pennsylvania
See the Events page for details

What's New

24 Apr 2016 Minutes of our Spring 2016 workshop and conference have been posted to the Documents and Reports page under the Members tab.
3 Apr 2016
Merl Arp - Longtime member of MAGS dies at age 85
Merl had been a member of MAGS since the mid-1980's and had been active on the board  for many years.  Until his death he continued to serve as the MAGS liasion with several German-American societies in  Maryland and nationally.  He constantly was trying to get  these cultural societies to understand the importance of genealogy.
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.
6 Mar 2016 A new guide for the consulate at Weimar was added to the Research Guides page.
1 Mar 2016 The March 2016 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
16 Feb 2016 A new guide for the consulate at Schwerin was added to the Research Guides page.
12 Feb 2016 In German Research, new sources with links for maps and photographs. New photos in the Image Library.
11 Feb 2016‚Äč
Family  Tree Maker Lives On!   
Are you an Anccestry Family Treet Maker user?  Well, you were probable as surprized as we when Ancestry decided to no longer support the program? It appears they have reversed course and decided that Family Tree Maker is worth saving!  See their announcement here.
3 Feb 2016 The most recent board reports have been uploaded to the Members page at Documents and Reports.
27 Jan 2016 Go to "Events" to see the Spring 2016 Conference and Workshop Flyer (Download your own copy)
22 Jan 2016 A new Quick Fact Sheet was added for the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen.   
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.
World War I German Soldiers

May 7
10th Annual Family History Conference
Welcome to the Tenth Annual Conference presented by the Washngton DC Family History Center   This Conference is presented FREE OF CHARGE Keynote Speaker: Reginald Washington Topic: From Slavery to Freedom: Preserving the Legacy of the Freedmen's Bureau  

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 ...

June 30
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh - Evening Programs
F. Warren Bittner, CG is sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) "Understanding Illegitimacy:The Bittner Bastards of Bavaria". It happened far than you think! See new light on 19th century morality. Follow a couple with three children born during a ten-year wait for marriage. You'll be amazed to learn ...

October 21
Beyond the Pension File
What's Not in the Pension File: Finding Documents That Tell the Rest of the Story Anyone whose ancestor served in the U.S. military prior to World War I is likely to have checked to see if that ancestor received a pension.  While the pension files are a treasure trove ...

October 22
Focusing on Our German Heritage
MAGS presents our fall conference with the following topics and speakers.   German Gazetteers: Geographic Dictionaries to Your Rescue!     Dr. Fritz Juengling This presentation will show how to use the following gazetteers in tandem to find virtually any village now or once in Germany: Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des ...