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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
or download the Registration Form.

What's New

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.
30 Jun 2016
MAGS sponsored a lecture by F. Warren Bittner, CG, at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) "Understanding Illegitimacy: The Bittner Bastards of Bavaria".  MAGS members Bob Greiner, Roy Shiflet, and Charles Hessler gave copies of John Humphrey's book "Understanding and Using Baptismal Records" to attendees.
25 May 2016 The June 2016 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
20 May 2016
Our own Debra Hoffman will present a lecture at the Fairfax Genealogical Society.  See Events / Other Events for details.
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.
24 Apr 2016 Minutes of our Spring 2016 workshop and conference have been posted to the Documents and Reports page under the Members tab.
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.
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.

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

September 7
German Genealogical Research: Focus on Sudetenland
European Genealogical Research: Example of Sudetenland PG County Genealogical Society 6016 Princess Garden Parkway New Carrollton, MD The presentation will include suggestions for kinds of information that will interest family members, how to go about conducting research in other languages, tools that  have been helpful in her research, and ...

September 24
Maryland Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
Research Riches in Our Backyard: NARA, DAR, and LC Marylander researchers have easy access to some of  the premier genealogical destinations in the country. Come join us for a full day of inspiration and instruction on how take advantage of your geographical good fortune! Registration and continental breakfast begins ...

September 29
Voyage of the Deutschland at the Maryland Historical Society
Opening Reception & Oktoberfest Celebration On Thursday evening, September 29, the Maryland Historical Society will open an exhibit commemorating the centennial of the German cargo U-boat Deutschland's secret and alarming arrival to the Baltimore Harbor in 1916. The exhibit explores the technological development of submarines, America's neutrality in World War ...

October 21
Beyond the Pension File
What's Not in the Pension File: Finding Documents That Tell the Rest of the Story    Dr. Kenneth Heger 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 ...

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 ...