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Welcome to the MAGS web site!

The MAGS officers are excited that you have found our website. We are frequently adding information to this site so please come back often. The site also provides us with the ability to manage our membership, communicate with our members, and allows you to find information about and register for events.

What's New ?

2 Nov 2021 Registration is now open for the MAGS Spring Conference to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2022. Click on the event notice on the right of this screen for details. You can register at this link.
4 Oct 2021
Here is the latest news from the
International German Genealogy Partnership
1 Sep 2021 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.
31 Aug 2021 Registration for the MAGS virtual fall conference is now open. This will be a two day event featuring Dr. Michael Lacopo. Please click on this link to see the details. Sign up for the event in the MAGS store.
26 Aug 2021 Board member reports for the previous quarter, including the July 31st board meeting, have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
24 Aug 2021 An interesting new data file has been added under the MAGS Databases tab. It is a list of missionaries who were trained at the Basel Mission in Switzerland and who came to the United States to serve as pastors. Nearly 300 men have been identified, and detailed information about them can be found in The Archives at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. An article describing the pastors and the sources of the list will appear in the October issue of Der Ahnenforscher, the newsletter of the German Genealogy Group.
11 Jul 2021 Three new research documents have been posted to the members-only website. A new record guide for the American consulate general at Dresden is now available. It can be found under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports, then Consulates - Research Guides. There are also new face sheets for Bavaria and Saxony. They can be found under German States - Fact Sheets.
20 May 2021
Great News!
 
On May 19th the National Genealogical Society announced that John T Humphrey, former MAGS president, author, and speaker was inducted into the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. John was nominated for the award by our society. The MAGS board and society members should be honored that the NGS accepted our nomination. John was a leading force in MAGS for many years before his untimely death in 2012.
 
You can read the announcement and details of the award at this link.
14 Apr 2021
The MAGS databases have been redesigned and now appear on a different page. Click on the MAGS Databases tab, then under that tab click on Member database search if you have logged in to the website. Otherwise click on Public database search. The original search mechanism is still there also.
 
A new database of names of overseas pensioners from the 1899 Pension Bureau report is now included. See a description of this database by clicking on Database descriptions.
 

Document of the Month

 
 
Stollwerck's Chocolate
These images are the front and back of a single card from Stollwerck's series Die Bahnhof. Like many companies in the 19th and 20th century, Stollwerck enclosed trading cards to promote sales, ostensibly because folks would want to collect the cards.  This one is an example of why folks might want to do so.  Note the image on the front, depicting a scene in a train station (die Bahnhof).  The card's reverse has a short poem "Beinahe verspätet" (almost late).  See if you can use what you've learned in Ken Weaver's columns on German and your German dictionary to translate this cute, little poem.
[Collection of Kenneth W. Heger]

Gift from the Archives

Schloss Favorite is a Baroque maison de plaisance and hunting lodge in LudwigsburgGermany and was used as a summer residence and hunting lodge. It is located on a rise, directly north of Ludwigsburg Palace and connected via an avenue to it.


April 2
MAGS Virtual Spring Conference 2022
Germans in U.S. Government Records with Paula Stuart-Warren, CGâ„ , FMGS, FUGA Program: 10:00 AM (EDT) The U.S. Federal Government: Underutilized Research Resources If you ask a group of genealogists what the U.S. National Archives (NARA) has for genealogical research, the most likely answers will be pension records and census. These ...