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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.

What's New ?

17 Apr 2018 Handouts from Michael Lacopo's presentations at the recent MAGS conference have been posted to our site. They are under the Members tab, Documents and Reports, Meeting Handouts. They will only remain for a month.
14 Mar 2018 The March issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members section of the website under Recent Der Kurier Issues.
6 Mar 2018
2019 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Sacremento, CA
Minneapolis was a great success. Please join us in California!
13 Feb 2018
Online registration for the MAGS Summer 2018 workshop is now available under the MAGS Store -> Event Registration page.
13 Feb 2018
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Watch the video review of the Minneapolis Conference
13 Feb 2018
The National Genealogical Society Has Moved
FALLS CHURCH, VA, 31 JANUARY 2018—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) moved to a new office in early January 2018. NGS didn’t go far, just five miles from Arlington to Falls Church, Virginia. The new space is smaller but technologically more up-to-date. The staff are still unpacking boxes and making sure the historical files are intact, so please have patience in the coming weeks as they complete all the tasks associated with moving an office.
NGS is on the move in other ways too. It will be tackling another big project in the coming year, upgrading and updating its website. The new website will give members and the genealogical community fresh educational content to help everyone achieve their research goals and build strong and accurate family trees. Look for enhanced functionality, including a more robust search engine, new content, easier navigation, and improved integration.
NGS also has new publications and online courses planned for 2018, as well as research trips, and a blockbuster family history conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2-5 May 2018. 

Make sure you update your contact lists with NGS’s new mailing address: 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318 USA. The telephone numbers remain the same. Tel. 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.
10 Feb 2018 The latest reports from the board have been posted to the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab. They include minutes of the recent board meeting, membership report, and treasurer's report. You must be logged in to view these.
7 Feb 2018 Two new research guides have been added to the website. One is the guide to using the Kassel Consular Agency records. The other is a fact sheet on the Principality of Waldeck.
31 Jan 2018
Find A Grave Has Changed
Find A Grave is one of the most popular internet sites for cemetery research. Find A Grave has been working on its website for the past year, giving the site a more modern look and feel, and adding a few new features. Ted Bainbridge from the Maryland Genealogical Society has contributed this article to help you navigate the new Find A Grave website.
7 Dec 2017 Online registration for the Spring 2018 workshop and conference is now available under the MAGS Store -> Event Registration page.
30 Oct 2017
Do you know what is going on in the genealogy world? Do you want to keep up with the latest news, seminars, and meeting? Visit the Genealogy Calendar

Baltimore Immigration: 150th Anniversary of the Historic Partnership of the B&O Railroad & the North German Lloyd Steamship Companies

Saturday, March 24


The B&O Railroad Museum and Baltimore Immigration Museum are partnering to commemorate an historic moment in American history. From 1850 - 1868 all immigrants to Baltimore City would land at a variety of locations. In 1867, President John Work Garrett of the B&O and Albert Schumacher of the North German Lloyd Company signed an agreement. The B&O would build an exclusive immigration pier in Locust Point, while Lloyd would send at least one steamship per month loaded with immigrants. The first ship, SS Baltimore, arrived at this new pier on March 23, 1868. A large parade was held on Broadway in Fells Point to commemorate this occasion. From that day until World War I, Baltimore welcomed more than 1.2 million immigrants at Piers 8 & 9 in Locust Point, as a result of this partnership. Join us this day to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this historic event. Your ticket includes a formal ceremony, an unveiling of a new commemorative panel, a luncheon, and two speakers at the B&O Railroad Museum. The program concludes with an open house at the Baltimore Immigration Museum.

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 have access to an image gallery and library of images to browse.
The 150th Anniversary of the first German Immigration ship to arrive at Locust Point, Maryland.
The plaque will be placed at the B & O Museum.

May 21
How to use NARA Record Group 85 for Genealogy Research
Dr. Krystyn Moon, Professor, Martha Washington University, will present "How to use NARA Record Group 85 for Genealogy Research. This is a standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at for more information.

June 9
Working with Germany-based Websites
Working with Germany-based Websites: and   James M. Beidler has been the editor of Der Kurier, the MAGS quarterly journal, since 2004   Two hours of the workshop will be spent going through everything from signing up for a account to most effective searches of the site’s ...