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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 ?

10 Sep 2020
Maryland Historical Society Announces Name Change
We are pleased to announce an exciting transformation taking place. Today, the Maryland Historical Society is becoming the Maryland Center for History and Culture.
After 176 years, we are stepping into this new identity that better reflects our mission to provide space for the community to discover and develop a deeper understanding of our nation’s history and culture through a Maryland prism. Your history lives here.
The name change process took more than two years and was marked by extensive research and surveys. Accompanying our rebrand is a new visual identity. Inspired by the quilts in our collection, the “M” in our logo represents pieces of a pattern coming together but not complete—history is about collecting stories, but more stories are always yet to be told. The logo also radiates out and radiates in, symbolizing the lives we touch and the ideas we bring together. See our new logo in action.
As we launch into this new chapter, we are excited to bring new exhibitions (and our first-ever virtual exhibition), more virtual programming (an effort that since March has allowed us to reach thousands from around the world), and enhanced digital access to our collections on our new website—also launching with the rebrand.
The support of our members and friends has played a major role in our ability to better define our identity and enhance our physical and virtual reach across Maryland and beyond. We are also grateful to the many individual donors who have contributed to our Shaping the Future of History campaign, which has helped make this rebrand work possible. Details of the campaign and how you can participate are coming soon.
Please join us this week for exclusive member museum hours through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. We officially reopen the museum to the public Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library reopens October 7.
Come explore the "new" Maryland Center for History and Culture. We can’t wait to see you!
Mark B. Letzer,
President and CEO
Maryland Center for History and Culture
6 Sep 2020 The September issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the website. Once you login, select the Members tab and then Recent Der Kurier Issues under that heading.
16 Aug 2020 The announcement of the MAGS Virtual Fall Conference has been posted on the MAGS Events web page. Registration is now open and can be completed online on the MAGS Store page.
24 Jul 2020 Reports from the June board meeting have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on genealogical topics from using court records to DNA testing. 
A Colorado native of Scots-Irish and German descent, Judy is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and many regional societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, and is on the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston University's Center for Professional Education. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. .
14 Dec 2019 A new record guide for the American consulate at Nürnberg has been posted to the members-only website. It can be found under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports, then Consulates - Research Guides.
25 Aug 2019 A new record guide for the American consulate at Munich has been posted to the members-only website. It can be found under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports, then Consulates - Research Guides.

Gift from the Archives


Freiburg Minster is the cathedral of Freiburg im Breisgau, southwest Germany. The last duke of Zähringen had started the building around 1200 in romanesque style. The construction continued in 1230 in Gothic style. The minster was partly built on the foundations of an original church that had been there from the beginning of Freiburg, in 1120. In the Middle Ages, Freiburg lay in the Diocese of Konstanz. In 1827, Freiburg Minster became the seat of the newly erected Catholic Archdiocese of Freiburg, and thus a cathedral.




October 17
MAGS 2020 Virtual Fall Conference
Judy G. Russell The Legal Genealogist Judy is well known in the genealogical community and is a frequent speaker at society events. She is a genealogist with a law degree who brings an interesting perspective to genealogical research. You can read her biography on her website.   The MAGS Fall ...

October 24
Reading German Handwriting A Hidden Heritage: German Immigrants to America
Due to COVID-19 we have made the decision to host our Fall seminar virtually on two different Saturdays on Zoom. Cost will be $20 for each day or $35 if you register for both days. The Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America announces its Fall German Genealogy Seminar. We ...