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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

18 Jul 2017 Minutes, membership, and treasurer reports from the 8 July board meeting are now available in the members-only tab under Documents and Reports.
2 Jun 2017 The June 2017 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members tab on the website.
27 May 2017
Sanborn online at LOC
A gift from Sanborn and the Library of Congress
The genealogical community got the first installment of what’s going to be a fabulous gift for research when the Library of Congress announced yesterday that nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps have gone online and can be accessed free.
The News from the Library of Congress published yesterday tells us that what’s online now is only the first part of what will ultimately be a collection of some 500,000 maps:
The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900. The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s. By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.
(thank you to Judy G Russell  The Legal Genealogist) for this notice.
18 Apr 2017 Eighteen new documents describing several American consulates in Baden, Germany have been added to our members-only website. These guides give you detailed information about the types of records available at each consulate and genealogical information contained in despatches from the consulate. You can find them and others under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports. The documents are under Consulates - Research Guides and Consulates - Despatches.
6 Apr 2017 adds new data bases:
31 Mar 2017 A new sidebar button Historical Images contains links to both our Image Library and Image Gallery. Several images relevant to the article about the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt in the latest issue of Der Kurier have been published to the gallery. Try out the new link above, or jump directly to the new images. The image gallery will open in a new tab of your browser.
11 Feb 2017 Three new documents have been added to the Research Guides page. There are new descriptions of Hesse-Darmstadt and Mainz consulate despatches. The first of a series of consulate record guides is now available for Mainz.
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.

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.
Mainz is the capital and largest city of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate Germany. In antiquity Mainz was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire; it was founded as a military post by the Romans in the late 1st century BC and became the provincial capital of Germania Superior. The city is famous as the home of the invention of the movable-type printing press as the first books printed using movable type were manufactured in Mainz by Gutenberg in the early 1450s.

July 28
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
. Registration for the conference is now open. Download the brochure below to see the schedule, a list of speakers, and the registration form. Registration can be done online.   The conference hotel has already been filled. Please read this announcement for information about alternative hotels. Click here for the ...

August 30
Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference
Mark your calendars and look for further information as it becomes available. This national conference will have the best speakers in the field giving you their tips and methods to improve your research. The exhibit hall will have the latest in products, software, and books. Come and spend time with ...

September 16
Maryland Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist" The Legal Genealogist is coming to town! Prepare for a full day of learning about critical sources and important strategies for tackling your most challenging ancestors. Judy is a nationally known presenter, blogger (, and coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical ...

October 13
MAGS Fall Workshop
Finding the Palatinate: German Political Geography 1777 – 1945 Dr. Kenneth Heger This will be an in depth presentation focusing on southwestern Germany – the Palatinate, Baden, and Hesse-Darmstadt.

October 14
MAGS Fall Conference
Early German Migrations Pioneers & Colonists: Historical Background of Germans in Eastern Europe James M. Beidler Millions of German-speaking people never spent a day in today’s countries of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. For centuries, German-speaking enclaves existed in Eastern Europe. Thus presentation introduces and gives historical background about these “Germans ...